George Szell

1897 - 1970

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George Szell (; June 7, 1897 – July 30, 1970), originally György Széll, György Endre Szél, or Georg Szell, was a Hungarian-born American conductor and composer. He is widely considered one of the twentieth century's greatest conductors. He is remembered today for his long and successful tenure as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra of Cleveland, Ohio, and for the recordings of the standard classical repertoire he made in Cleveland and with other orchestras. Szell came to Cleveland in 1946 to take over a respected if undersized orchestra, which was struggling to recover from the disruptions of World War II. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Szell has received more than 221,687 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). George Szell is the 25th most popular conductor (up from 30th in 2019), the 160th most popular biography from Hungary (up from 193rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Hungarian Conductor.

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Among conductors, George Szell ranks 25 out of 97Before him are John Philip Sousa, Erich Kleiber, Carlo Maria Giulini, Felix Weingartner, Dimitri Mitropoulos, and Leopold Stokowski. After him are Serge Koussevitzky, Franz Danzi, Hans Knappertsbusch, Eugen Jochum, Charles Dutoit, and John Eliot Gardiner.

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Among people born in 1897, George Szell ranks 87Before him are Josep Pla, Adolf Heusinger, Rouben Mamoulian, Samuel Noah Kramer, Elijah Muhammad, and Arthur Greiser. After him are Zakir Husain, Lester B. Pearson, Eddie Eagan, Shoghi Effendi, Carl Oberg, and Manuel Ávila Camacho. Among people deceased in 1970, George Szell ranks 67Before him are Fritz Bayerlein, Reizo Fukuhara, Michael Balint, Toshio Iwatani, Giuseppe Ungaretti, and Alfred Newman. After him are Friedrich Kellner, Elyesa Bazna, James B. Donovan, Jan Syrový, Agustín Muñoz Grandes, and Roman Ingarden.

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In Hungary

Among people born in Hungary, George Szell ranks 160 out of 696Before him are Valamir (420), Gyula Zsengellér (1915), Géza Lakatos (1890), Hans Richter (1843), István Sándorfi (1948), and Yolanda of Poland (1235). After him are Béla Tarr (1955), Ingenuus (200), Hannah Szenes (1921), Michu Meszaros (1939), Ferenc Deák (1803), and Joseph Kosma (1905).

Among CONDUCTORS In Hungary

Among conductors born in Hungary, George Szell ranks 2Before him are Georg Solti (1912). After him are Fritz Reiner (1888), Antal Doráti (1906), and Iván Fischer (1951).