Szell in Italy
Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 01/10/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This budget-line title from the Aura label features one of my favorite conductors, George Szell, leading the Cleveland Orchestra in live recordings made for Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana. The performances are of Schumann's 2nd Symphony and Berlioz's "Marche hongroise" from "La Damnation de Faust," both recorded in 1957, and Debussy's "La Mer" which was recorded in 1968. Surprisingly, the great Friedrich Gulda even joins on piano for "La Mer." The sound is very good, but doesn't come close to matching the same quality as Szell's first-rate studio accounts currently available on Sony. It is a fun disc for sure, but by no means definitive."