Hailed as "a rare visual document of the greatest importance" by George Szell biographer Michael Charry, these historic Vienna Philharmonic concerts from the late 1960s feature Szell conducting works by Bruckner (Symphony No. 3), Mozart (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik), and Sir William Walton (Variations on a Theme by Hindemith).
"Szell's direct, exacting conducting is always apparent, and the great orchestra responds accordingly. Both the Mozart and Bruckner are conducted without score. Apparently Szell was a great admirer of Bruckner and could play all of the symphonies from memory at the piano when only 13. He also was an admirer of Walton.... After this brilliant performance of Variations, the composer appears on stage to acknowledge the music's warm reception."—Classical CD Review