William Steinberg conducts Beethoven & Haydn

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William Steinberg conducts Beethoven & Haydn

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27th Feb 2012




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William Steinberg conducts Beethoven & Haydn


Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Symphony Hall, Boston, 6 October 1970

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 9 January 1962


Symphony No. 55 in E flat major 'Schoolmaster'

Symphony Hall, Boston, 7 October 1969

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This series of DVDs will make the publicly broadcast BSO concerts from this era available for the first time since they were broadcast.

This rare material, filmed in colour, represents some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and William Steinberg, and has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques.

It is of exceptional musical interest and historic value.

The BSO’s Music Director for just three seasons, Steinberg spent a great deal of time in the USA, having left Europe following Music Director positions in Cologne, Prague and Frankfurt. He also co-founded the Palestine Orchestra, later the Israel Philharmonic. His time with the BSO came at the end of his career following his position as the Music Director of Pittsburgh Symphony, which he held for over twenty years. Steinberg’s precise and minimalist technique belies the intensity with which the orchestra responds to his baton – the performances are lively and full of character.

Steinberg’s CD release of Mahler’s Second Symphony on ICA Classics has received excellent reviews, described by Gramophone as ‘a startlingly direct statement of a score that is too often treated to extremes of mood and tempo’ – and by Classics Today as having ‘moments that set a new standard in this music’.

The Haydn is new to Steinberg’s discography.

Two of ICA’s BSO DVDs featuring Charles Munch as conductor, have been awarded the Diapason d’Or in France’s Diapason magazine.

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 86’

Subtitles: n/a

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

Region code: 0

Territory Restrictions: None

BBC Music Magazine

May 2012


“Precise yet expressive, Steinberg's Beethoven Symphonies Nos 7 & 8 are models of clarity and rhythmic dynamism. The Haydn is excellent.”

MusicWeb International

June 2012

“Useful documentation of a conductor whose time with the orchestra was short.”

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