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Wagner, Strauss & Beethoven / Solti, BBC SO, Royal Opera [DVD]

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)
>Strauss, Richard : Don Juan, Op. 20
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Sir Georg Solti achieved great success with the first complete recording of Das Rheigold in 1958, after which his reputation for recording Wagner increased steadily. Known for his dramatic, expressive performances, Solti is a delight to watch. The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historical performances by some of the world's greatest artists.

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Solti's Dutchman is not helped by a poor audio production, rendering the sound quality little better than a mid-1940s radio broadcast - how much of the wind section's apparent poor form is rather due to the wretched sound is something we'll never know. The Strauss fares better, although initially it seems startlingly glossy in the treble after the Wagner. Considering the Beethoven hails from the digital era, one might have expected better sound quality than the BBC - who made the original broadcast - provided; it's narrowly focused and dynamic contrasts are dulled somewhat, but it doesn't detract from the performance too much. It's worth pointing out that none of this is the fault of ICA Classics, who have served up another enlightening and enjoyable slice of classical music's televisual past.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 96 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3
Sound Format(s): LPCM Mono,



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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) :: Overture
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1841

>Strauss, Richard : Don Juan, Op. 20
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1807-1808