Beethoven, Schubert: Symphonies / Solti/Chicago SO [DVD]

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 6 in C major, D 589 "Little C Major"
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

One of the legendary liaisons of the 20th century between conductor and orchestra is that of Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Solti himself described it as a "love affair" and he influenced the orchestra with the elegance and impeccable taste of Central European music making. His remarkable partnership with the Chicago Symphony began in 1954 and he was named Music Director in 1969, a post he held for a phenomenal 22 years. As one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, his readings of the major composers of classical music have often been referred to. These recordings on DVD show conductor and orchestra at the peak of their music making with three unforgettable works.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 88 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1 Surround



Reviews

Playing For Mephisto
One very good reason to consider this set is the inclusion of ďSolti: The Making of a MaestroĒ. Itís a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of a great musician mainly told in his own words. From its opening in Soltiís birthplace in Hungary to its denouement in Chicago, this documentary provides a special insight into a somewhat complex individual. Soltiís formative years are covered in detail as is his relentless drive to perfect his craft. Along the way there are stops in Budapest, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Lucerne, London, and, ultimately Chicago. As for the performances, each of the five included is the happy amalgam of momentum, intensity and refinement. Here and there Solti drives the proceedings a bit, a tendency which earned the conductor the sobriquet of the fastest baton in the West. The brilliance, rhythmic precision and dramatic acuity more than compensate. The ensemble is uniformly excellent, notably that of the CSO. The video and audio production values are just fine. One complaint regarding the packaging: the poorly designed DVD trays are inadequate. In a word, they stink!
Submitted on 09/18/13 by conway 
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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1800
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 6 in C major, D 589 "Little C Major"
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1818
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1822
  • Studio/Live: Live