Music: Hybrid Orchestra

"I have created." says Conductor George Szell. "an instrument perfectly suited to express my artistic intentions." Szell's instrument is the 104-member Cleveland Orchestra, which he designed as a kind of hybrid—a cross-breeding of American precision and cleanliness of tone with European warmth and temperament. Satisfied that he has under his baton "personnel as good as any conductor could wish for." Szell has long since satisfied his artistic intention. When he brought his great orchestra to Manhattan's Carnegie Hall last week, it put on the kind of performance demanded by a conductor who wants his players to "see music from the inside."...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!