C0084. GEORGE SZELL Cond. Cleveland Orch., w. Judith Raskin: Symphony #4 in G; ANDREW DAVIS Cond. London Phil., w.Frederic von Stade: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (both Mahler). Sony SBK 46535, recorded 1965/'78, resp. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 7464465352
"It must be remembered that when George Szell came to prominence in the United States in the mid 1940s (and his mid-forties) he was a highly respected conductor and musician in Europe. He had a very solid grip on his repertoire which soon expanded to new works which he was debuting and championing. However, all that most music lovers around the world today know about Szell’s artistry they have divined from the recordings made by Columbia in Cleveland from the late 1940s on. In an interview with Szell as an intermission feature in one of the weekly broadcast concerts he stated that Columbia allowed him to record items that he requested only if they were not in conflict with Ormandy or Bernstein. Those he did make revealed meticulously prepared performances which could be misinterpreted as being somewhat objective. The lean balances of those LPs and then CDs only reinforced that impression."
- Bruce Surtees