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Dvorak: Symphony No. 8; Brahms: Symphony No. 1 / George Szell, live at the Lucerne Festival, 1969, 1962

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

During the 50s and 60s, George Szell regularly appeared at Lucerne Festival. The concert recordings presented here - both first releases - encompass two works central in his repertoire: in 1962, the 'anti-romantic and master of precision' (Harold C. Schonberg), alongside the Swiss Festival Orchestra, achieved a powerful and intensely determined interpretation of Brahms' First Symphony, whose transparently played, chamber-like middle movements are framed by outer movements full of suspense. In the summer of 1969 - one year after the violent defeat of the 'Prague Spring' - Szell was reunited with the Czech Philharmonic in Lucerne. His thrillingly energetic reading of Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 enthused the audience and critics in equal measure.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kunsthaus, Lucerne (1969/1962).



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Works Details

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
  • Conductor: George Szell
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 37 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Conductor: George Szell
  • Ensemble: Swiss Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 43 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1855-1876
  • Studio/Live: Live