Georg Solti

Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

  • Royal Festival Hall, London, February 2, 1985

This concert shows Sir Georg Solti at the height of his powers with his favorite orchestra. Solti was the Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1991, in an alliance that was admired by audiences and critics alike.

He was passionate about music, and dedicated to performance excellence. And that’s why he won my admiration for so many years.

On this DVD we hear the following:


  • Trois Nocturnes: Fêtes


  • Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543


  • Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

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

The Chicago Tribune wrote in January of that year, ‘He (Solti) and the CSO are firmly established as the … team in symphonic music today, and that team has had everyone roaring from Stockholm to Zurich.’

Solti himself wrote: ‘My term as musical director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was the happiest time in my professional life.’

The program on this DVD features Mozart’s Symphony No.39, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4, and an encore of Fêtes from Debussy’s Nocturnes – all performed with the flair, passion and artistry for which Solti was famous.

Here is a video of Georg Solti in “Till Eulenspiegel”, Op.28 b Richard Strauss:


And here he is again conducting Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385, “Haffner”:



Tags: Georg Solti, Mozart, Debussy, Tchaikovsky

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