Solti at the Ballet [Incls 'La Boutique fantasque' & 'Gaîté Parisienne']

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Solti at the Ballet [Incls 'La Boutique fantasque' & 'Gaîté Parisienne']
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Wednesday 20 July 2016

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The Hungarian-born conductor Georg Solti (1912-1997) was one of Decca's most prolific recording artists. Eloquence's survey of his recordings features, in the main, some of his earliest recordings for the company. Although recorded as far back as 1960, during his tenure with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Solti's recording of Gaîté parisienne remains one of the sonically most thrilling orchestral recordings ever to be made and a performance that is no less impactful. Both the Rossini/Respighi and the Dukas pieces were recorded with the Israel Philharmonic in the late 1950s at a time when Solti also recorded music by Mozart, Schubert Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky with this orchestra. The coupling of the Rossini/Respighi and Dukas works was the first recording Decca was to issue with the Israel Philharmonic (in September 1957).

In 1967, Solti became music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a post he held until 1991. During his tenure there, his work as a recording artist continued unabated, including complete symphony cycles by Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Bruckner and Tchaikovsky. As music director laureate, he continued to record with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra until 1997.

"an absolutely splendid recording …This Solti performance [of La Boutique fantasque] is sheer delight, played as it is with a combination of style and gusto it needs; a most exhilarating performance …this is an excellent debut on Decca" Gramophone on Rossini/Dukas

"The Nutcracker suite brings consistently responsive playing from every department of this fine orchestra, and many touches of affectionate detail from Solti … The whole performance is relaxed yet characterful and the individual dances emerge as freshly as ever." Gramophone on The Nutcracker

"The Covent Garden orchestra is on its toes, and its new conductor gets some exhilarating playing, and the quality is all you could wish for" Gramophone on the Offenbach


The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Gaîté Parisienne
arr. Rosenthal
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

La Boutique fantasque
arr. Respighi
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
Chicago Symphony Orchestra