The Best of Sir Georg Solti (The Millennium Collection)

The Best of Sir Georg Solti (The Millennium Collection)

by Georg Solti


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The Best of Sir Georg Solti (The Millennium Collection)

It might be said that compilation producer Joseph S. Szurly, charged with assembling a one-disc summary of the recordings of conductor Sir Georg Solti for Universal Music's 20th Century Master - The Millennium Collection series of discount-priced best-ofs, has gone exclusively for old warhorses in his selections. But it might equally be said that such an approach is appropriate for Solti, a venerable figure who spent 48 years (1947-1995) recording for Universal's Decca label, including over 250 albums that featured over 40 operas (according to Szurly's liner notes), among them the first complete studio recording of Wagner's Ring Cycle with the Vienna Philharmonic. From that recording, listeners hear the five-plus minutes of "Entry of the Gods into Valhalla," an appropriate excerpt. Elsewhere, listeners get familiar music from Berlioz ("Hungarian March," an obvious choice for the Hungarian-born Solti), Bizet, Borodin, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky, performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra under Solti's baton. The interpretations are always vigorous and precise. Obviously, the conductor's career cannot be compressed into 66 and a half minutes and eight selections, but there are some excellent performances of standard symphony repertoire here at a reasonable price.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/15/2005
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947671749
catalogNumber: 000415302

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Georg Solti   Primary Artist,Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
London Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Chicago Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
London Symphony Chorus   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Hector Berlioz   Composer
Georges Bizet   Composer
Alexander Borodin   Composer
Edward Elgar   Composer
Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Richard Wagner   Composer
Michael Haas   Producer
Ray Minshull   Producer
Christopher Raeburn   Producer
Andrew Cornall   Producer
James Mallinson   Producer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Joseph S. Szurly   Liner Notes
Joseph Szurly   Liner Notes

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