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William Steinberg - Complete Rca Victor Recordings Steinberg - Boston Symphony Orchestra - Import 4 CD

William Steinberg - Complete Rca Victor Recordings Steinberg - Boston Symphony Orchestra - Import 4 CD

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April 5, 2024

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Catalog No.: 19658829882

JAN/ISBN: 196588298820

Number of Discs: 4

Country/Region of Manufacture: Import

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William Steinberg

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A collection of all RCA recordings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the last years of the famous conductor William Steinberg's life. A complete set including three first-time releases. Born in Cologne on August 1, 1899 under the name Hans-Wilhelm Steinberg, the famous conductor William Steinberg studied at the local conservatory under the conductor Hermann Arbendroth and the pianist Lazzaro Uzieri, a student of Clara Schumann. Upon graduation, he became assistant to Otto Klemperer at the Cologne Opera, and in 1929 was appointed music director of the Frankfurt Opera, a post he held until 1933, when he was removed from this position by the Nazis. Under the auspices of the Jewish Cultural Union, he conducted in Frankfurt and Berlin before moving to the British Mandate of Palestine in 1936 to take over the Palestine Orchestra (now the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra). At Toscanini's invitation, he moved to the United States in 1938 to help form and train the new NBC Symphony Orchestra, and in 1945 he became music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, an orchestra that Steinberg liked so much that he called himself "Buffalo Bill. In 1952, he became Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a position he held until 1976, when his many recordings for the Capitol, Command, and Everest labels brought him international recognition for his outstanding qualities as a conductor. He reached the pinnacle of his career when he succeeded Erich Reinsdorf as Music Director of the prestigious Boston Symphony Orchestra, a post he held until 1972. Of the top ten orchestras in the United States, Steinberg was the first conductor to serve as music director of two orchestras simultaneously. Steinberg had included his continuation in the Pittsburgh position as a condition of his Boston appointment. Unfortunately, the RCA recordings of Steinberg and the Boston Symphony Orchestra were short-lived. In 1970, during the Steinberg era, RCA was forced to terminate its exclusive contract with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which had lasted 52 years since the orchestra's first recording with Sergei Koussevitzky in 1929. In 1970, during the Steinberg era, RCA was forced to terminate its contract with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which had lasted 52 years since the first recording with Sergei Koussevitzky in 1929.Deutsche Grammophon (DG), which was aiming to expand its market share in the U.S. market, jumped on this situation and signed a long-term contract with Steinberg's successor, Seiji Ozawa, and appointed Tilson Thomas and Claudio Abbado, who were young at the time, to build a huge discography. Steinberg also signed a contract with DG for LPs. Steinberg also recorded three LPs for DG, but in 1969 he became ill and had to curtail his conducting activities, resigning from Boston in 1972 to concentrate on Pittsburgh. Hence, "Steinberg is the most under-recorded of the great conductors of the second half of the last century" (Peter Quantrill, Gramophone, 2018, UK). His first Boston recording, Schubert's "The Great" (CD 1), was Steinberg's only recording (two "unfinished" recordings of Schubert's works are available on Capitol and Command).Bruckner's Symphony No. 6 (CD 2) was the first recording of the work for an American orchestra, and is a valuable legacy of Steinberg, who was highly regarded as a Bruckner conductor during his lifetime (Steinberg's Bruckner recordings include No. 4 with the Pittsburgh Symphony [revised version used, mono] and No. 7 [stereo], and a live recording of No. 8 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra that has been made into a software package), (Steinberg's Bruckner recordings with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra of No. 4 [in revised mono] and No. 7 [in stereo], and a live recording of No. 8 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was made into software). They are the best in Steinberg's discography and are among the best recordings of their respective symphonies" (Richard Fried, 2004). L. Holmes also noted in "Conductors on Record" that these two pieces were also favorites of Steinberg himself. The CD3 showpieces were originally scheduled to be compiled under the catalog number LSC-3155 with Steinberg conducting, but due to ill health, the recording did not proceed as planned, so they were released in 1972 under the same number with Ozawa, Reinsdorf, and Fiedler conducting smaller pieces. In this CD release, the three pieces conducted by Steinberg (Mendelssohn's Octet~Scherzo, Stravinsky's "Fantastic Scherzo" and "Russian Scherzo"), which had not yet been released, are added to recreate part of the original album conception, and Ozawa and Reinsdorf's pieces from the actually released album are also added, Reinsdorf's small pieces are also added. The overture to Dvorak's "Carnival" conducted by Arthur Fiedler, which was included on LSC-3155, is included on CD4 along with "From the New World". Fiedler, former violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and creator of the Boston Pops, had long dreamed of recording the famous symphony that the Boston Pops had never been able to fulfill. The only recording of Fiedler conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. All recordings have been newly remixed and remastered in 24-bit/192 kHz technology from the original analog masters of 3-track (CD 1), 4-track (CD 2, 3 [1-6], 4), and 2-track (CD 3 [7-9]). Each disc is packaged in a paper jacket based on the jacket design of the original U.S. release (also reproduced on the back of the jacket) and housed in a clamshell box with a booklet containing detailed recording data and commentary by Alan Newcombe. (Sony Music) Contents [CD1] Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D.944 "The Great [Performed by] William Steinberg (conductor), Boston Symphony Orchestra [Recorded at Boston Symphony Hall, September 29, 1969 [CD2]. Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A major, WAB.106 [Performed by] William Steinberg (conductor), Boston Symphony Orchestra [Recording] January 19, 1970, Boston Symphony Hall [CD3] Dukas: Symphonic Scherzo "The Sorcerer's Apprentice [Performed by] William Steinberg (conductor), Boston Symphony Orchestra [Recorded at Boston Symphony Hall, October 26, 1970 R. Strauss: Symphonic Poem "The Delightful Mischief of Till Eulenspiegel" Op.28 [Performed by] William Steinberg (conductor), Boston Symphony Orchestra [Recorded January 12, 1970,Boston Symphony Hall Mendelssohn: Octet in E major, Op.20 MWV R20 ~ 3rd movement: Scherzo [first release]. [Performed by] William Steinberg(Conductor) Boston Symphony Orchestra [Recorded at Boston Symphony Hall, October 26, 1970 Saint-Saens:Symphonic Poem "Dance of Death Stravinsky:Fantastic Scherzo [first release]. Stravinsky:Russian Scherzo [premiere] [Performed by]William Steinberg(conductor) Boston Symphony Orchestra [Recording] January 12, 1970, Boston Symphony Hall Stravinsky: Ballet "Petrushka" ~ Russian Dances [Performed by] Seiji Ozawa, Boston Symphony Orchestra [Recording] November 24, 1969, Boston Symphony Hall Kodály: Suite "Hári János" ~Musical Clock in Vienna/Entrance of the Czar and his Courtiers [Performed by] Erich Reinsdorf (conductor), Boston Symphony Orchestra [Recorded November 24, 1969,Boston Symphony Hall [CD4] Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, "From the New World" [CD5]. Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World Overture "Carnival" Op.92 [Performed by] Arthur Fiedler(conductor) Boston Symphony Orchestra [Recorded at Boston Symphony Hall, January 5, 1970

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