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Sir Georg Solti / Chicago Symphony Orchestra


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Overture: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Symphony No.1
Solti and Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s European Debut,
Edinburgh Festival 1971

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Recorded in 1971, the film on this DVD shows the CSO in their first ever concert outside America. As Solti himself explains in the bonus included on this DVD, the CSO masters in German repertoire, to which they bring the American virtuosity. Solti summons tremendous power, elegance and clarity from the Orchestra and their subsequent performances of Brahms’s First Symphony have been praised for their ‘dignity, energy and splendour’, which led critic William Mann to write: ‘I am tempted to describe it as the United States’ most completely accomplished orchestra’.

ICAD 5089

1 Introduction to ICA Classics - 2.58



2 Overture: A Midsummer Night’s Dream op.21 - 13.17



Symphony No.1 in C minor op.68

3 I Un poco sostenuto – Allegro - 14.21

4 II Andante sostenuto - 9.26

5 III Un poco allegretto e grazioso - 4.32

6 IV Adagio – Allegro non troppo, ma con brio - 18.17


Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Leader: Sidney Weiss



Producer: Antony Craxton

Recorded: 4 September 1971, Edinburgh International Festival

Broadcast: Music on Two, BBC2, 19 September 1971

© BBC 1971



7 Sir Georg Solti on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra - 5.08


Broadcast: Omnibus: Great Orchestras of the World, BBC, 19 November 1972

Aurelie B

Solti’s charisma at this historic recital is impressive, and the intensity of his direction suggest a man deeply affected by the elemental power of the music presented, in this case Felix Mendelssohn’s overture for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor. The musicians of the CSO - including acclaimed principals Ray Still (oboe), Dale Clevenger (horn), Adolph ‘Bud’ Herseth (trumpet) and Frank Miller (cello) - deliver sublime performances, which - along with Solti’s impassioned direction - makes this concert one for the ages. Not to be missed.

Chris Morgan@Scene

    Martin Kendrick

    “The interpretation is powerful and masterly…equivocation was not part of Solti’s lexicon, musical or otherwise. He knew where he wanted the music to go, and he guided his players there.”

    American Record Guide

      Martin Kendrick

      “The overture is thrilling, the violins skate like water-boatmen through those pianissimo string passages, the wind players achieve impeccable ensemble thanks to the flautist’s subtle direction (like a sub-conductor) of his seven surrounding confrères.”

      MusicWeb International

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