Sir Georg Solti (conductor)

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Sir Georg Solti, KBE (/ˈɔr ˈʃɒlti/; 21 October 1912 – 5 September 1997) was an orchestral and operatic conductor, best known for his appearances with opera companies in Munich, Frankfurt and London, and as a long-serving music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Born in Budapest, he studied there with Béla Bartók, Leo Weiner and Ernő Dohnányi. In the 1930s, he was a répétiteur at the Hungarian State Opera and worked at the Salzburg Festival for Arturo Toscanini. His career was interrupted by the rise of the Nazis, and because he was a Jew he fled the increasingly restrictive anti-semitic laws in 1938. After conducting a season of Russian ballet in London at the Royal Opera House he found refuge in Switzerland, where he remained during the Second World War. Prohibited from conducting there, he earned a living as a pianist.

After the war, Solti was appointed musical director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in 1946. In 1952 he moved to the Frankfurt Opera, where he remained in charge for nine years. He took West German citizenship in 1953. In 1961 he became musical director of the Covent Garden Opera Company, London. During his ten-year tenure, he introduced changes that raised standards to the highest international levels. Under his musical directorship the status of the company was recognised with the grant of the title "the Royal Opera". He became a British citizen in 1972.

In 1969 Solti was appointed music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a post he held for 22 years. He restored the orchestra's reputation after it had been in decline for most of the previous decade. He became the orchestra's music director laureate on his retirement in 1991. During his time with the Chicago orchestra, he also had shorter spells in charge of the Orchestre de Paris and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Known in his early years for the intensity of his music making, Solti was widely considered to have mellowed as a conductor in later years. He recorded many works two or three times at various stages of his career, and was a prolific recording artist, making more than 250 recordings, including 45 complete opera sets. The most famous of his recordings is probably Decca's complete set of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, made between 1958 and 1965. Solti's Ring has twice been voted the greatest recording ever made, in polls for Gramophone magazine in 1999 and the BBC's Music Magazine in 2012. Solti was repeatedly honoured by the recording industry with awards throughout his career.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Requiem Verdi; Sutherland, Horne, Pavarotti, Talvela, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Solti 2
1972 Symphony no. 9 (1972 recording) Beethoven; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 2
1976 Carmen (1975 studio cast) Bizet; Troyanos, Domingo, van Dam, Te Kanawa, London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Alldis Choir, Sir Georg Solti 5 3
1979 The Planets Gustav Holst; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 4
1982 Symphony no. 9 Franz Schubert; Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti 2
1983 Das Rheingold Richard Wagner; Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti 3
1983 Die Walküre Richard Wagner; Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti 1
1983 Götterdämmerung Richard Wagner; Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti 1
1983 Siegfried Richard Wagner; Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti 1
1983 Symphony No. 2 ''Resurrection'' Mahler; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
1983 Symphony No. 4 "Romantic" Anton Bruckner; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
1983 Symphony no. 9 Mahler; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti 2
1984 Symphony No. 1 Mahler; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 3
1984 Symphony no. 4 in G major Gustav Mahler; Kiri Te Kanawa, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 2
1984 Symphony no. 9 "From the New World" Dvořák; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
1985 Brahms: Symphony No. 2 / Tragic Overture Johannes Brahms; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
1985 Salome Richard Strauss; Sir Georg Solti, Birgit Nilsson, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra 4
1985 Symphonie no. 3 Brahms; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
1985 Tannhäuser Richard Wagner; René Kollo, Christa Ludwig, Hans Sotin, Helga Dernesch, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti 1
1986 Symphony no. 9 (1980s recording) Beethoven; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 4 2
1986 Eine Alpensinfonie Richard Strauss; Sir Georg Solti, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks 1
1986 Elektra Richard Strauss; Nilsson, Resnik, Collier, Krause, Vienna Philharmonic, Solti 2
1986 Parsifal Wagner; René Kollo, Gottlob Frick, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christa Ludwig, Zoltán Kelemen, Hans Hotter, Vienna Philharmonic, Sir Georg Solti 2
1986 Piano Quartets no. 1 K. 478 & no. 2 K. 493 Mozart; Melos Quartet, Sir Georg Solti 2
1986 Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no. 1 / Dohnanyi: Variations on a Nursery Song, op. 25 Tchaikovsky, Dohnányi; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti, András Schiff 1
1987 Die Entführung aus dem Serail Mozart; Edita Gruberová, Kathleen Battle, Gösta Winbergh, Heinz Zednik, Martti Talvela, Will Quadflieg, Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti 1
1987 1812 / Romeo & Juliet / The Nutcracker Suite Tchaikovsky; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
1987 Lohengrin Wagner; Sir Georg Solti, Plácido Domingo, Jessye Norman, Eva Randová, Siegmund Nimsgern, Hans Sotin, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker 2
1988 Mussorgsky, Ravel: Bilder einer Austellung / Bartok: Konzert für Orchester Mussorgsky, Ravel, Bartók; Sir Georg Solti 4 1
1988 Overtures and Preludes Richard Wagner; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
1988 Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 Beethoven; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1989 Weekend in Russia Glinka, Mussorgsky, Borodin; Sir Georg Solti 2
1989 Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" / Egmont Overture Beethoven; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 2
1989 Symphony no. 8 in C minor Dmitri Shostakovich; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
1990 Matthäus-Passion: Arias and Chorusses Johann Sebastian Bach; Te Kanawa, Von Otter, Rolfe Johnson, Krause, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Georg Solti 1
1990 Violin Concertos 1 and 2 Bartók; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti, Kyung Wha Chung 1
1990 Symphony no. 1 / Symphony no. 2 Beethoven; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
1990 Symphony no. 4 / Symphony no. 5 Beethoven; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
1990 Symphony no. 6 Beethoven; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
1990 Symphony no. 7 / Symphony no. 8 Beethoven; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
1991 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 Johann Sebastian Bach; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
1991 Symphony no. 5 (1970 recording) Gustav Mahler; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 2
1991 Symphony no. 5 Gustav Mahler; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
1991 Symphonies nos. 8 & 5 Franz Schubert; Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti 1
1992 Symphony No. 10 Shostakovich; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
1994 Shostakovich 5 / Mendelssohn 4 Mendelssohn, Shostakovich; Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti 1
1995 Missa Solemnis Ludwig van Beethoven; Júlia Várady, Iris Vermillion, Vinson Cole, René Pape, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti 1
1995 Symphonies 1 & 2 / Cockaigne / In the South Elgar; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
1995 La traviata Giuseppe Verdi; Angela Gheorghiu, Frank Lopardo, Leo Nucci, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Georg Solti 1
1995 Symphony no. 13 “Babi Yar” Dmitri Shostakovich; Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Georg Solti 1

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