Steinberg, William


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Steinberg, William

William Steinberg (Cologne, August 1, 1899 – New York City, May 16, 1978) was a German-American conductor. Toscanini and Klemperer were Steinberg’s two mentors. He adopted their clear, faithful approach to the classic scores and, like Klemperer, lost much of his early interest in modern music. Steinberg guest conducted regularly during his tenure with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. In 1945 he became Music Director of the Buffalo (New York) Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1952 he obtained the major appointment of his career, as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He restored that orchestra to an artistic high point. Concurrently, he was musical director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1958 – 1960). In 1960 he scored a great success guest conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was the preferred choice of its board for their next music director, as Charles Münch was stepping down from the position. However, RCA, the orchestra’s record company, successfully pressured them to appoint Erich Leinsdorf, already on their roster of conductors. After Leinsdorf’s tenure ended, they did appoint Steinberg to the post effective 1969.

  • Great Choral Classics (5 CDs)

    Great Choral Classics

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    WILLIAM STEINBERG BEETHOVEN Missa solemnis – 1973 ICAC 5054 IGOR MARKEVITCH VERDI Messa da Requiem – 1960 ROSSINI Overtures – 1957 ICAC 5068 (2CD) DIMITRI MITROPOULOS BERLIOZ Requiem (Grande Messe des morts) – 1956 ICAC 5075 GENNADI ROZHDESTVENSKY MAHLER Das klagende Lied – 1981 JANÁCEK The Fiddler’s Child – 1979 ICAC 5080
  • Legendary Conductors of The Boston Symphony Orchestra Box Set (5 DVDs)

    Legendary Conductors of The Boston Symphony Orchestra Box Set (5 DVDs)

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    This material represents some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and three of their eminent music directors, Charles Munch, Erich Leinsdorf and William Steinberg. This historical footage has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques. It is of exceptional musical interest and historical value, and has been described by critics as a ‘rare treat’ (Gramophone) and ‘welcome documentations’ (BBC Music Magazine).
  • William Steinberg

    William Steinberg

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    Beethoven: Missa solemnis Heather Harper Julia Hamari Sven Olof Eliasson Peter Meven Kölner Rundfunkchor Kölner Rundfunk Sinfonie-Orchester
  • William Steinberg / Boston Symphony Orchestra

    William Steinberg / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    A compelling performance of Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony, this DVD presents Steinberg at his most majestic in a sympathetic interpretation of this mighty work. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is once again on top form, as testified by a rapturous Sanders Theatre audience. The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, William Steinberg. While the material has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques, certain visual artefacts and distortions remain in some instances due to the age of the film. Despite this, it remains of exceptional musical interest and historic value and is released here for the first time on DVD.
  • William Steinberg / Boston Symphony Orchestra

    William Steinberg / Boston Symphony Orchestra

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    Steinberg was much admired for his sterling musicianship; the breadth of his repertory, which included much contemporary music; the clarity and precision of his technique; his wit and pipe-smoking geniality; and the collegial relationships he established and maintained with his musicians.
  • William Steinberg

    William Steinberg

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    Mahler: Symphony No.2 Stefania Woytowicz, soprano / Anny Delorie, mezzo soprano Kolner Rundfunkchor / Kolner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester (Saal 1, Funkhuaus, Koln, 10 September 1965)

William Steinberg (Cologne, August 1, 1899 – New York City, May 16, 1978) was a German-American conductor. Toscanini and Klemperer were Steinberg’s two mentors. He adopted their clear, faithful approach to the classic scores and, like Klemperer, lost much of his early interest in modern music. Steinberg guest conducted regularly during his tenure with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. In 1945 he became Music Director of the Buffalo (New York) Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1952 he obtained the major appointment of his career, as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He restored that orchestra to an artistic high point. Concurrently, he was musical director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1958 – 1960). In 1960 he scored a great success guest conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was the preferred choice of its board for their next music director, as Charles Münch was stepping down from the position. However, RCA, the orchestra’s record company, successfully pressured them to appoint Erich Leinsdorf, already on their roster of conductors. After Leinsdorf’s tenure ended, they did appoint Steinberg to the post effective 1969.