“Solti’s approach divided critics. His music making was described as muscular, energetic, brisk, and inflexible (although this set often gives the lie to that last complaint). When he died suddenly 20 years ago, the musical world was genuinely shocked: in his eighties Solti was still a dynamo.
His core repertoire was taped in Chicago: Beethoven, Mahler, Bruckner, Brahms and Bartók. There are two sets of the Beethoven symphonies here, from the early 70s and late 80s. The interpretations are swift but never light-footed, although there is some delicacy, as in the fugal episode in the second movement of Symphony No 7. The orchestra’s precision and power are daunting. Solti did not rethink his approach to Beethoven in the light of historical practice (as the younger Claudio Abbado did): the sound remains big and punchy, also in the Piano Concertos (with Ashkenazy). At its best, this is Beethoven after a fresh spring-cleaning.”
Universal Music Australia gives Limelight readers the chance to win 1 copy of Decca’s Solti Chicago box set
Universal Music Australia Solti Box Set
Contest from 08-01-2018 0:00 to 28-02-2018 23:59
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