C1849. WILLIAM STEINBERG Cond. RTF S.O.: 'Classical' Symphony #1 in D (Prokofiev); Siegfried - Waldweben;
Die Meistersinger - Orchestral Excerpts; Tannhäuser - Overture (all Wagner); w.ISAAC STERN: Violin Concerto in D (Brahms), Live Performance, 28 June, 1960; WILLIAM STEINBERG Cond. NYPO: Symphony #99 in E-flat (Haydn), Live Performance, 29 Nov., 1964, Philharmonic Hall, New York. (Canada) 2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-1039. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
"In 1960 Steinberg scored a great success guest-conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was the preferred choice of its board for their next music director, as Charles Munch was stepping down from the position. However RCA, the orchestra's record company, successfully pressured them to appoint Erich Leinsdorf, already on their roster of conductors. After Leinsdorf's tenure, one of mixed success ended, they did appoint Steinberg to the post, effective 1969."
- Joseph Stevenson, allmusic.com
"William Steinberg is one of those conductors highly respected by musicians and critics familiar with his work, but who never developed the kind of public acclaim accorded to some of his contemporaries. His relative neglect is partly due to Steinberg’s long association with the Pittsburgh Symphony, an orchestra whose reputation, while good, was not seen as front rank. Many collectors prized his recordings with Pittsburgh on the Command label (and his EMI discs too), but in those days there was more glamour associated with Charles Munch in Boston, George Szell in Cleveland, and Fritz Reiner in Chicago."
- Henry Fogel, FANFARE
"Isaac Stern, a violinist who in his prime was considered one of the great instrumentalists of the 20th century, and who also became an important power broker in the classical music world after he led a successful campaign to save Carnegie Hall from destruction was, in fact, nearly as well-known for his devotion to Carnegie Hall as for his violin playing. He gave more than 200 performances there, the first in 1943. When the Hall was about to be demolished to make way for an office tower in 1960, Mr. Stern helped start a drive among musicians and the musical public that saved the Hall. He was then elected President of the Carnegie Hall Corporation, which runs the hall. ‘Simply for reasons of sentiment and piety, it would be wanton to destroy it’, he said of Carnegie Hall at the time. ‘Think of Tchaikovsky conducting there at the opening, in 1891! Mr. Stern's efforts led to legislation that allowed New York City to buy the hall for $5 million, and when the Carnegie Hall Corporation was established to administer it, Mr. Stern was elected its first president, a position he held until his death.
By 1939 the legendary impresario Sol Hurok was representing Mr. Stern who came to consider Mr. Hurok as a father figure. Within a decade, Mr. Hurok helped Mr. Stern become one of the busiest musicians of his day. In 1949 he played 120 concerts in a seven month tour of the United States, Europe and South America. Still, Mr. Hurok later said he wished he could curb Mr. Stern's desire to be constantly onstage, as well as his penchant for getting involved in causes of various kinds, musical and political.
‘I have been very fortunate in 60 years of performance’, he said in 1995, ‘to have learned what it means to be an eternal student, an eternal optimist - because you hope the next time will always be a little better - and eternally in love with music."
- Allan Kozinn, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 23 Sept., 2001