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Live in Tokyo 1970 - Szell

Live in Tokyo 1970 - Szell

Sony Classical (Japan)  SRGR-747

Stereo Single Layer

Classical - Orchestral


Sibelius: Symphony No. 2, Mozart: Symphony No. 40

Cleveland Orchestra
George Szell (conductor)

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Comment by Don_Angelo - August 18, 2021 (1 of 1)

I was quite excited about this concert and gave it a comprehensive listening this morning. First, I have to say my appreciation for Szell is only quite recent, I still have issues with what I’d call lack of blood in his conducting which I find cold in some romantic works. For instance, his Dvorak 9th or his Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition. I bought this out of curiosity for Szell and because of my interests for Sibelius and Berlioz.

I can hardly sing the praises of the sonics in that recording because of the date, but there is nothing outrageous though I could have thought this was recorded in the late 50s. Performance-wise, I would recommend this only for Sibelius 2nd, the Rákóczy March lacking the fierce pride and solemnity you can hear under French batons such as Paray’s. It is a good performance, though the tempo is a bit too fast and lacks emphasis here and there for my taste. The Mozart 40th was not very memorable to my hears, perhaps because I’m not such an admirer of this work in the first place.
I have to praise the orchestra’s overall impeccable playing which rightfully deserves the clamours you can hear at the end of each performance.