Georg Solti

Solti Centenary Concert

This DVD features the  Solti  Concert in Chicago which celebrated Sir Georg Solti’s 100th birthday on October 21, 2012. The World Orchestra for Peace owes its existence to the vision of its founder, Sir Georg Solti, who believed passionately in peace and the power of music and musicians to be ambassadors for peace.

The memorial concert was hosted by Solti’s widow, Lady Valerie Solti, and featuring soloists such as Angela Gheorghiu and René Pape, as well as members of the Georg Solti Accademia.

Besides excerpts from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte and Don Giovanni or Verdi’s La Traviata and Rigoletto, this concert includes wonderful musical moments such as the ‘Adagietto’ from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Strauss’ Don Juan and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.

Here’s a list of the specific pieces:

Live recording from Symphony Center, Chicago, 2012


  • Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116


  • Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor – Adagietto


  • In diesen heil’gen Hallen (from Die Zauberflöte)
  • Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture
  • La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)


  • The Stars and Stripes Forever, (encore)

Strauss, R:

  • Don Juan, Op. 20


  • Addio del passato (from La Traviata)
  • Bella figlia dell’amore (from Rigoletto)

Performed by Angela Gheorghiu (soprano), René Pape (bass), Tereza Gevorgyan (soprano), Matilda Paulsson (mezzo-soprano), Roberto Gòmez-Ortiz (tenor) & Ross Ramgobin (baritone)

And with members of the Georg Solti Accademia and the World Orchestra for Peace, conducted by Valery Gergiev

Here is a video of the Bartok Concerto for orchestra, with a brief introduction by Solti:



And next, here’s a brief section from a wonderful “Le Nozze di Figaro” conducted by Georg Solti at Paris Opera in 1980.



Tags: Georg Solti memorial concert, Mozart, Verdi, Bartok, Mahler, Lady Solti, World Orchestra for Peace

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