Schumann: Symphonies 2 & 4: Weber: Oberon Overture – Szell, Cleveland (2001) [2.0]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 61:28 minutes | 2,88 GB
FLAC 2.0 Stereo (PS3 ISO extract / Weiss Saracon conversion) 24bit/88.2 kHz | 1,48 GB
Japan Import | Year: 1960, 2001 | Full Scans | 3% Recovery Info
… the recording sounds as though it had been made just last week. George Szell and the Clevelanders render Schumann in the grand manner of the middle of the last century, before the horrendous politically correct, period instruments craze hit the classical world. To anyone who’s heard any of the more “authentic” recordings of the last couple of decades, this may sound somewhat bombastic, but that’s what makes this music so wonderful.!
Szell, it should be noted, had championed Schumann’s symphonies for 29 years before beginning to record the works, and featured at least one of the symphonies in 19 of his 24 years as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra. He was also known to alter the score, clarifying textures, adding or changing notes to clarify themes, and doing whatever he felt necessary to bring out the best in works that have often been disparaged by unsympathetic critics. Szell taps into a deeper mysticism than other conductors, his majesty captures German religiosity beautifully. The thrilling finales should leave you cheering in your seat. Buy this SACD and experience the joy of music all over again! You won’t regret it!
1-4. Symphony No 2 in C major, Op. 61
5-8. Symphony No 4 in D minor, Op. 120
Carl Maria von Weber:
9. ‘Oberon’ Overture
George Szell, conductor
Recorded in Severance Hall, Cleveland Ohio – 1959-1960