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Georg Solti conducts Bela Bartok [7 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

1 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:

Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943; USA

Dance Suite for Orchestra, Sz 77 by Béla Bartók

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923; Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian Sketches (5), Sz 97 by Béla Bartók

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1931; Budapest, Hungary

Romanian Folkdances for String Orchestra, Sz 68 by Béla Bartók

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1917; Budapest, Hungary

Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106 by Béla Bartók

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary

Divertimento for String Orchestra, Sz 113 by Béla Bartók

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Strings
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939; Budapest, Hungary

Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73: Suite by Béla Bartók

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1919-1927; Budapest, Hungary

Cantata Profana, Sz 94 by Béla Bartók

Performer: Alexandru Agache (Baritone), Tamás Daróczy (Tenor)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hungarian Radio/TV Chorus, Budapest Festival Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930; Budapest, Hungary
Date of Recording: 06/1997
Venue: Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary
Length: 18 Minutes 48 Secs.
Language: Hungarian

Concerto for Piano no 1, Sz 83 by Béla Bartók

Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary

Concerto for Piano no 2, Sz 95 by Béla Bartók

Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930-1931; Budapest, Hungary

Concerto for Piano no 3, Sz 119 by Béla Bartók

Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945; USA

Concerto for Violin no 1, Sz 36 by Béla Bartók

Performer: Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907-1908; Budapest, Hungary

Concerto for Violin no 2, Sz 112 by Béla Bartók

Performer: Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937-1938; Budapest, Hungary

Bluebeard's Castle, Op. 11/Sz 48 by Béla Bartók

Performer: Istvan Sztankay (Spoken Vocals), Sylvia Sass (Soprano), Kolos Kováts (Bass)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911/1918; Budapest, Hungary

Serenade in F minor, Op. 3 by Leó Weiner

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906; Hungary
Date of Recording: 06/1997
Venue: Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary
Length: 19 Minutes 58 Secs.

Dances of Galánta by Zoltán Kodály

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1933; Hungary
Date of Recording: 11/1952

Variations on a Hungarian folksong "The Peacock" by Zoltán Kodály

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938-1939; Hungary
Date of Recording: 4/1954

Háry János, Op. 15: Suite by Zoltán Kodály

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1927; Hungary
Date of Recording: 2/1955

Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106 by Béla Bartók

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary

Dance Suite for Orchestra, Sz 77 by Béla Bartók

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923; Budapest, Hungary

Psalmus hungaricus, Op. 13 by Zoltán Kodály

Performer: William Mcalpine (Tenor)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923; Hungary

Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106 by Béla Bartók

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936; Budapest, Hungary

Dance Suite for Orchestra, Sz 77 by Béla Bartók

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923; Budapest, Hungary

Prinz Csongor und die Kobolde Suite, Op. 10b: Scherzo by Leó Weiner

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1927; Hungary




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