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Maestro or Mephisto: The Real Georg Solti, Documentary / Domingo, Gergiev, Gheorghiu, Te Kanawa, Perahia [DVD]

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Run Time: 59 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese


An interesting look at a great musician
Soltiís life and work are the subject of this rather misleadingly-titled BBC documentary; while a few members of the London Philharmonic express frustration at Soltiís lack of stick technique and/or being made to play ďlike AmericansĒ instead of their British selves, throughout the film Solti himself emerges as an admirable, fascinating, and charismatic talentóand nothing like Mephisto. Frankly, itís hard to find fault with someone so genuinely driven by a passion for music and excellence in its performance. The film features a number of interviews, including many with the maestro himself filmed over a thirty year period up until just before his death. Copious amounts of behind-the-scenes and performance footage give the viewer a fly-on-the-wall perspective of Soltiís life, both on and off the podium. Although it runs only an hour, this well-structured film is highly recommended for classical music and opera lovers.
Submitted on 03/29/13 by Sour Persimmons 
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>Various : Works
  • Performers: Placido Domingo (Tenor); Placido Domingo (Tenor); Valery Gergiev; Valery Gergiev; Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano); Murray Perahia; Murray Perahia; Kiri Te Kanawa; Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Period Time: 20th Century
  • Studio/Live: Live