Many thanks to our friend Trottar for another gem Mahler conducting has moved in a different direction from what we hear on this recording of the Seventh under Solti. Comparison with almost any other famous account — from Bernstein, Abbado, Boulez, or Tennstedt — reveals how extroverted and hyper-energized Solti is. The recording has been engineered for maximum detail, almost x-ray like, and any ambiguous or problematic aspects in the score are charged through, with forward momentum prevailing over anything else.
Composer: Gustav Mahler
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Georg Solti
Number of Discs: 2
Size: 1.67 GB
Many thanks to Jean-Luc for another Mahler/Solti masterpiece Georg Solti was a conductor who always strived for excellence. Sometimes, he did not achieve his objective. However, more often than not, he did. In this Mahler Symphony No. 6, recorded shortly after he took command as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony, he hit a home run. Solti was never one to wallow, unlike Celibidache or Knappertsbusch. In his younger years, he was given the moniker “the screaming skull.” He was renowned for his ability to tackle complicated scores and was a regular both in the opera house and the symphony hall.
Composer: Gustav Mahler
Performer: Yvonne Minton Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Sir Georg Solti Vinyl (1970) Number of Discs: 2 Format: Flac Label: Decca DR-Analysis: DR 13 Size: 3:61 GB
Powerful soloists in bel canto voice render this recording, one to be remembered. Every phrase and idea sung coherently, without tendency toward “musical mush.” Have heard several other recordings that have disappointed both listener and choirister. I am always on the lookout for music that broadens my horizons, and this quirky and irresistable piece is a wonderful discovery. A bonus is hearing Pavarotti again!
# Composer: Gioacchino Rossini # Performers: Pilar Lorengar, Yvonne Minton, Luciano Pavarotti, Hans Sotin # Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus # Conductor: Istvan Kertesz # Vinyls (1972) # Number of Discs: 1 # Format: Flac # Label: London (Decca) # DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: B0000041MB # Size: 1.05 GB # Scan: yes # Server: FileFactory
This is a broad, powerful, heavy-duty Beethoven symphony cycle, free of idiosyncracy, that can stand as a benchmark to measure against more unconventional interpretations, a kind of golden mean of Beethoven. Decca’s spacious sonics foregrounds Solti’s attention to orchestral detail; all the sections, particularly the low strings and the winds can be heard to beautiful effect. Solti’s tempos are expansive, and as befits a great opera conductor, incident rules over architecture.
# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Yvonne Minton, Pilar Lorengar, Martti Talvela, Stuart Burrows
# Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
# Vinyls (1975)
# Format: Flac
# Number of discs: 10
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B000T9QF8S
# Size: 8.4 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory