Georg Solti Conducts The Chicago Symphony Orchestra [DVD] 
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In celebration of what would have been Sir Georg Solti’s 100th birthday in 2012, Sony Classical presents ‘Sir Georg Solti Conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’, a 3-DVD boxset featuring footage of live concert performances from Tokyo.
One of the greatest conductors of the 20th century and recipient of thirty-one Grammy Awards, Solti was the principle conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1991; one of the longest and most successful partnerships in music history.
Their repertoire for these concerts consists exclusively of audience favourites: Mozart’s ‘Haffner’ Symphony, Mahler’s Fifth, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and more. A special highlight of this set is Solti’s introduction to Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, which is a rare glimpse of this charismatic conductor’s personality.
Set Contents: DVD 1
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Bought primarily for the Mahler 5 which did not disappoint. I was at the Festival Hall on 15 Dec 1986 when he led the LPO in a fine performance. Very different Orchestras - the LPO was much more "rounded" and the Chicago so very crisp and clean. Both wonderful outfits! Mozart and Beethoven are excellent, and the Ravel Orchestration of the Mussorgsky was really brilliantly brought out (plus an interesting commentary by Solti)
A really memorable Set
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charming extra with Sir Georg rehearsing the players. These performances were produced toward the end of his
life and it is wonderful to see some of the long-time players still with him, some now with gray hair, etc. That BRASS
section? A miracle of sonic beauty. Unfortunately, Sony did not see fit to include ANY liner notes or other "extras".
Also, there are no sound format choices, something I find very helpful.
As a rabid fan of Solti, I could watch this man eat a bowl of soup and be thrilled. Granted, some people object to his
flamboyant way of conducting, but I prefer his methods to the dry and boring fuddy-duddies out there.