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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 236,864 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). George Szell is the 35th most popular conductor (down from 25th in 2019), the 202nd most popular biography from Hungary (down from 160th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Hungarian Conductor.

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Among conductors, George Szell ranks 35 out of 97Before him are John Eliot Gardiner, Simon Rattle, Franz Danzi, James Levine, Giuseppe Sinopoli, and Fritz Reiner. After him are Leif Segerstam, Antal Doráti, John Barbirolli, Eliahu Inbal, Charles Munch, and Colin Davis.

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Among people born in 1897, George Szell ranks 99Before him are Josep Pla, Eddie Eagan, Alexandre Tansman, Bernard Lyot, Georgios Grivas, and Manuel Ávila Camacho. After him are Fredric March, Herman J. Mankiewicz, Tarjei Vesaas, Joseph Darnand, Olga Chekhova, and Carl Oberg. Among people deceased in 1970, George Szell ranks 82Before him are Roman Ingarden, Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein, Mikhail Mil, Piers Courage, Pavel Belyayev, and Kiyoo Kanda. After him are Friedrich Kellner, Tarjei Vesaas, Vasyl Sukhomlynsky, Eiji Tsuburaya, John Barbirolli, and Yusof Ishak.

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In Hungary

Among people born in Hungary, George Szell ranks 202 out of 866Before him are András Schiff (1953), Mór Jókai (1825), Mihály Lantos (1928), Viktor Barna (1911), György Konrád (1933), and Fritz Reiner (1888). After him are László Budai (1928), Adolph Zukor (1873), Hans Swarowsky (1899), Ilona Elek (1907), Ferenc Erkel (1810), and Mihály Munkácsy (1844).

Among CONDUCTORS In Hungary

Among conductors born in Hungary, George Szell ranks 3Before him are Georg Solti (1912) and Fritz Reiner (1888). After him are Antal Doráti (1906) and Iván Fischer (1951).