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Whilst Szell isn’t in my top 10, I do regard him highly. In particular I admire the sound he created with the Cleveland Orchestra, resulting in a phenomenal ensemble which always gives me the impression of having the qualities of a chamber ensemble. The standards within the Orchestra are well maintained to this day albeit under more agreeable conditions I’m sure.

Regarding Szell specifically, I can appreciate the way he can cut through to the core of the music and deliver a performance/an interpretation of of a work with clarity and without a feeling exaggeration or artificiality. Nothing feels done for the sake of being done.
 
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