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Georg Solti conducts Richard Wagner - Ten complete Operas [36 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

21 October 2012 marks Sir Georg Solti's centenary and Decca is celebrating this with several important reissues.

Sir Georg was an exclusive Decca artist for 50 years.

In 1947 he signed his first contract with Decca - as a pianist and that same year he made his first record as a conductor (with the Zurich Tonhalle in Beethoven's Egmonst Overture). His last public concerts took place just a few weeks before his death in 1997 and were with the Zurich Tonhalle.

Solti was a musician with extraordinarily wide musical interests and sympathies and he was without doubt one of the most important opera conductors of the second half of the twentieth century. His legacy of recordings is dominated by opera and his recording of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen - the first ever complete studio recording - has been described as "the greatest recording of all time by BBC Music Magazine.


Works:

Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner

Performer: René Kollo (Tenor), Werner Krenn (Tenor), Isola Jones (Mezzo Soprano),
Janis Martin (Soprano), Norman Bailey (Bass Baritone), Martti Talvela (Bass)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841/1852; Germany
Date of Recording: 1976
Venue: Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois
Length: 138 Minutes 45 Secs.
Language: German

Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner

Performer: Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Norman Bailey (Baritone), Manfred Jungwirth (Bass),
Kurt Equiluz (Tenor), Werner Hollweg (Tenor), Victor Braun (Baritone),
René Kollo (Tenor), Helga Dernesch (Soprano), Hans Sotin (Bass)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Opera Chorus, Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861; Germany
Date of Recording: 10/1970
Venue: Sofia Hall, Vienna, Austria
Length: 187 Minutes 39 Secs.
Language: German

Lohengrin by Richard Wagner

Performer: Jessye Norman (Soprano), Eva Randová (Mezzo Soprano), Hans Sotin (Bass),
Siegmund Nimsgern (Baritone), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Anna Gonda (Mezzo Soprano),
Alfred Sramek (Baritone), Czslawa Slania (Mezzo Soprano), Madelyn Renee (Soprano),
Brigitte Poschner-Klebel (Soprano), Anton Scharinger (Bass), Thomas Mohr (Baritone),
Peter Jelosits (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1847; Germany
Date of Recording: 1985-86
Venue: Sofia Hall, Vienna, Austria
Length: 222 Minutes 46 Secs.
Language: German

Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner

Performer: Arnold Van Mill (Bass), Ernst Kozub (Tenor), Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano),
Tom Krause (Baritone), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Fritz Uhl (Tenor),
Peter Klein (Tenor), Theodore Kirschbichler (Bass), Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Friends of Music Society Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857-1859; Germany
Date of Recording: 09/1960
Venue: Sofia Hall, Vienna, Austria
Length: 239 Minutes 21 Secs.
Language: German

Parsifal by Richard Wagner

Performer: Birgit Finnilä (Alto), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Alison Hargan (Soprano),
Anne Howells (Mezzo Soprano), Herbert Lackner (Baritone), Robert Tear (Tenor),
Zoltan Kélémén (Bass), Rotraud Hansmann (Soprano), Marga Schiml (Mezzo Soprano),
Heinz Zednik (Tenor), Ewald Aichberger (Tenor), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano),
Gillian Knight (Mezzo Soprano), Lucia Popp (Soprano), Margarita Lilowa (Mezzo Soprano),
René Kollo (Tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Gottlob Frick (Bass),
Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung, Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1882; Germany
Date of Recording: 1972
Venue: Sofia Hall, Vienna, Austria
Length: 260 Minutes 10 Secs.
Language: German

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner

Performer: Bernd Weikl (Baritone), René Kollo (Tenor), Hannelore Bode (Soprano),
Adolf Dallapozza (Tenor), Norman Bailey (Baritone), Julia Hamari (Mezzo Soprano),
Kurt Moll (Bass)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1867; Germany
Date of Recording: 10/1975
Venue: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria
Length: 269 Minutes 7 Secs.
Language: German

Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner

Performer: Hans Hotter (Baritone), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano),
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853-1874; Germany
Date of Recording: 1958-65
Venue: Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria
Language: German

Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner

Performer: Ira Malaniuk (Alto), Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Claire Watson (Soprano),
Set Svanholm (Tenor), Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone),
Paul Kuen (Tenor), Hetty Plümacher (Alto), Oda Balsborg (Soprano),
Kurt Böhme (Bass), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone), Walter Kreppel (Bass),
Jean Madeira (Mezzo Soprano), George London (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854; Germany
Date of Recording: 1958
Venue: Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria
Length: 145 Minutes 45 Secs.
Language: German

Siegfried by Richard Wagner

Performer: Hans Hotter (Baritone), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor),
Gerhard Stolze (Tenor), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone), Kurt Böhme (Bass),
Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Marga Höffgen (Alto)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871; Germany
Date of Recording: 1962
Venue: Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria
Length: 237 Minutes 5 Secs.
Language: German

Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner

Performer: Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor), Helen Watts (Alto), Maureen Guy (Mezzo Soprano),
Dame Gwyneth Jones (Soprano), Lucia Popp (Soprano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano),
Claire Watson (Soprano), Gottlob Frick (Bass), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano),
Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Anita Välkki (Soprano),
Grace Hoffman (Alto)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861-1874; Germany
Date of Recording: 1964
Venue: Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria
Length: 265 Minutes 7 Secs.
Language: German

Die Walküre by Richard Wagner

Performer: Vera Schlosser (Soprano), Vera Little (Alto), Claudia Hellmann (Mezzo Soprano),
Helen Watts (Alto), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano),
Brigitte Fassbaender (Mezzo Soprano), Gottlob Frick (Bass), Régine Crespin (Soprano),
Helga Dernesch (Soprano), James King (Tenor), Hans Hotter (Baritone),
Berit Lindholm (Soprano), Marilyn Tyler (Soprano)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856; Germany
Date of Recording: 1965
Venue: Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria
Length: 228 Minutes 59 Secs.
Language: German

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856; Germany

Die Walküre: Magic Fire Music by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856; Germany

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854; Germany

Siegfried: Forest Murmurs [Instrumental] by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871; Germany

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral Music by Richard Wagner

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874; Germany




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