Solti’s birthday

Solti: Journey of a lifetime

  • Celebrating the 100th birthday of Sir Georg Solti

This fantastic documentary, from the director of the very successful DVD “Carlos Kleiber – I am lost to the world”, celebrates the 100th birthday of Sir Georg Solti. He was one of the 20th Century’s most amazing conductors and a leading figure of musical culture world-wide.

The documentary follows the Hungarian-born conductor’s career: As Toscanini’s assistant at the Salzburg Festival, as Music Director in Munich and Frankfurt after the war, achieving world-wide fame with his legendary recording of Wagner’s Ring cycle. Solti was as the long-serving Music Director at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and later of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. These two key posts served to propel Solti into an international icon of classical music.

Music in this documentary includes the following:


  • Khovanshchina: Prelude


  • Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 ‘Classical’


  • Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10

Performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti

Here is the Sir Georg Solti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in BRAHMS Symphony No.1:



And next, here is the D. Shostakovich Symphony No.5 – Op. 47:



Finally, here’s Prokofiev’s Symphony No.1 “Classical” – 4th Movement, conducted by Valery Gergiev:



Tags: Georg Solti, Prokofiev, Shostakovich

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