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Georg Solti conducts Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Six complete Operas [15 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:

Così fan tutte, K 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Performer: Tom Krause (Baritone), Arthur Davies (Tenor), Gabriel Bacquier (Baritone),
Pilar Lorengar (Soprano), Jane Berbié (Mezzo Soprano), Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Classical
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria
Language: Italian

Don Giovanni, K 527 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Performer: Bernd Weikl (Baritone), Margaret Price (Soprano), Sylvia Sass (Soprano),
Stuart Burrows (Tenor), Gabriel Bacquier (Baritone), Lucia Popp (Soprano),
Alfred Sramek (Baritone), Kurt Moll (Bass)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Opera Chorus
Period: Classical
Written: 1787; Prague

Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Performer: Edita Gruberova (Soprano), Martti Talvela (Bass), Gösta Winbergh (Tenor),
Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Heinz Zednik (Tenor), Will Quadflieg (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus
Period: Classical
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria
Length: 124 Minutes 0 Secs.
Language: German

Le nozze di Figaro, K 492 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Performer: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Robert Tear (Tenor), Kurt Moll (Bass),
Yvonne Kenny (Soprano), Philip Langridge (Tenor), Giorgio Tadeo (Bass),
Lynda Russell (Soprano), Samuel Ramey (Bass), Lucia Popp (Soprano),
Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano), Jane Berbié (Mezzo Soprano), Thomas Allen (Baritone),
Anne Mason (Soprano)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Opera Chorus
Period: Classical
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria
Language: Italian

Die Zauberflöte, K 620 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Performer: Hans Sotin (Bass), René Kollo (Tenor), Renate Holm (Soprano),
Hetty Plümacher (Alto), Hanneke van Bork (Soprano), Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano),
Pilar Lorengar (Soprano), Gerhard Stolze (Tenor), Herbert Lackner (Baritone),
Kurt Equiluz (Tenor), Martti Talvela (Bass), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone),
Hermann Prey (Baritone), Stuart Burrows (Tenor), Cristina Deutekom (Soprano),
Wolfgang Zimmer (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Classical
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 10/1969
Venue: Sofiensaal, Vienna
Length: 156 Minutes 7 Secs.
Language: German



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