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Solti: The Legacy, 1937-1997 / Angela Gheorghiu, Hans Hotter, Hildegard Behrens, Renee Fleming and Birgit Nilsson et al.

Notes & Reviews:

This 2-CD set contains over 150 minutes of many previously unpublished live recordings and studio items spanning Sir Georg Solti's entire professional career as well as his 50-year exclusive association with Decca.

It starts with Solti's legendary performance on the glockenspiel at the 1937 Salzburg Festival production of Die Zauberflote, conducted by Toscanini. It continues with rare recordings from Munich and Frankfurt including Berg's Lulu, plus unheard recordings of great singers such as Nilsson, Hotter, Prince, Freni, Gheroghiu, Schwarzkopf and Tebaldi plus a complete concerto recording with Perahia.

Background: it was in 2004, on the initiative of Lady Solti, that the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto was established. This takes place in the Tuscan seaside town of Castiglione della Pescaia where, each year, twelve young snipers on the threshold of their professional careers each receive a scholarship for three weeks of intensive tuition in Italian music, culture and language. Distinguished guests in residence who offer master classes, tuition and vocal guidance have included Kiri Te Kanawa, Mirella Freni, Angela Gheorghiu, Leo Nucci and Richard Bonynge.

The release of this 2-CD set has been made possible through the generous support of the artists and their estates and representatives. Net proceeds from sales of the CDs will benefit the Accademia and future generations of young singers.

The accompanying booklet presents a selection of photographs accompanying sung texts in the original language and English. Also in the booklet is an article by broadcaster, writer and former member of the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Jon Tolansky, who played in the orchestra during part of Sir Georg Solti's tenure as Music Director.

Lady Velerie Solti commented: Sir Georg Solti was not only a major force in the opera house and concert hall, but also a key figure in the discovery and championing of young singing talent, and the dazzling array of singers represented in this collection is but a small indication of the wealth of international talent Solti worked with.


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