Mahler: Symphony No. 2
Susanne Mentzer
Twyla Robinson

Neeme Järvi conducting
Musicians from:
NY Philharmonic
Philadelphia Orchestra
New Jersey Symphony
Detroit Symphony
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Czech Phil Orch Gala Concert:
Mozart & Dvorák

Velvet Revolution Concert
Beethoven Ninth Symphony
Václav Neumann

Karl Ancerl & Hermann
Scherchen Conduct

Chicago Symphony
Orchestra Series 

Szell, Munch, Monteux, Reiner,
Stokowski, Hindmith

Roberto Abbado
New Year Concert 2008
- From the Teatro La Fenice

Sir John Barbirolli
Barbirolli Conducts BSO

Sir Thomas Beecham

Karl Böhm
Karl Böhm & Jon Vickers

Britten, Benjamin
with Peter Pears

Britten: War Requiem

Sir John Elliot Gardner
New Year Concert, 2010
-From the Teatro La Fenice

Järvi, Neeme
- 70th Birthday Jubilee

Järvi, Neeme
Conducts Mahler

Järvi, Neeme
Conducts Strauss

Josef Krips

Leinsdorf Conducts BSO

Igor Markevitch

The Art of

Monteux Conducts BSO

Munch Conducts BSO, 1966
Munch Conducts BSO, 1962

Václav Neumann
Antonín Dvorák: Concertos

Georges Prêtre
New Year's Concert 2009

Leopold Stokowski
Tchaikovsky, Beethoven

Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky at 85

George Szell

Bruno Walter

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George Szell, "One Man’s Triumph -The Cleveland Orchestra "
VAI DVD 4271, $24.95

This 1966 program from the archives of the Bell Telephone Hour series profiles Szell and his relationship with the Cleveland Orchestra. Among the highlights are segments showing Szell rehearsing the Orchestra in works of Brahms (Academic Festival Overture), Berg (Violin Concerto, with the Orchestra’s concertmaster, Rafael Druian, as soloist), and Beethoven (Symphony No. 5). In another segment, Szell coaches three “apprentice conductors”, among them a young James Levine at the threshold of his illustrious conducting career. The program ends jubilantly with footage of Szell and the Orchestra in actual performance, playing the final movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

GEORGE SZELL (1897–1970) was one of the most celebrated conductors of his time, noted for the precision he demanded of his orchestral players and the elegance of his interpretations. Born in Budapest, but raised in Vienna, Szell studied piano and composition from an early age. He performed a Mozart piano concerto with the Vienna Symphony at age 10 in a program that also included one of his own compositions. His early conducting career included many distinguished assignments, most notably that of Principal Conductor of the Berlin State Opera (1924–1929). He made his first U.S. appearance as guest conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1930 and later settled here, at the outbreak of war in Europe in 1939. From 1942 to 1946, Szell led performances at the Metropolitan Opera, in addition to performances with most of the major U.S. orchestras. The high point of his career was his 24-year tenure as conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, which he raised to world-class rank.

55 minutes, USA, 1966, Color

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