A friend of mine also is ripping the Command Classics complete Steinberg cycle from the original vinyl for me. Can't wait to hear that.
Those are great recordings, made originally (mostly) on 35mm magnetic film, with great sound quality. A few of them were issued on MCA & EMI back in the 1980's, IIRC.
I'm quite looking forward to him finishing the process. It's slow-going though, from what I understand. As mentioned elsewhere, 2, 4 & 7 were released on CD by MCA, but the rest of the cycle has languished in the vaults for no good reason.
Steinberg was a very fine conductor.
I enjoy everything I've heard from Steinberg. Agree with you on the Brahms cycle (which I own, and which was released on CD in its entirety), and I would add that his Dvorak and Glazunov violin concertos with Milstein are some of my favorite performances of those two works. He also had some excellent discs on DGG, one featuring Hindemith's Mathis der Maler
and Konzertmusik op. 50
, and another featuring excellent renditions of Strauss' Also Sprach
and Holst's Planets
, both with the BSO.
As mentioned in the Munch thread, it's a real travesty that he was passed over for Leinsdorf in the early 60s when the BSO was looking for Munch's successor. That would most certainly have been a fruitful partnership. By the time Boston rectified the mistake in the late 60s, Steinberg was getting old and the tenure was destined to be short-lived.