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Solti at Covent Garden

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4808957

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 27th May 2016

Contents

Works

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice)
» Dance of the Blessed Spirits
» Dance of the Furies

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Ballet music

Offenbach, Jacques

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
» Barcarolle

Ponchielli, Amilcare

La Gioconda
» Dance of the Hours (Act 3)

Rossini, Gioacchino

L'Italiana in Algeri (Italian Girl in Algiers)
» Overture
Semiramide
» Overture

Verdi, Giuseppe

La Traviata
» Prelude (Act 1)
» Prelude (Act 3)

Artists

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Conductor

Georg Solti

Works

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice)
» Dance of the Blessed Spirits
» Dance of the Furies

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Ballet music

Offenbach, Jacques

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
» Barcarolle

Ponchielli, Amilcare

La Gioconda
» Dance of the Hours (Act 3)

Rossini, Gioacchino

L'Italiana in Algeri (Italian Girl in Algiers)
» Overture
Semiramide
» Overture

Verdi, Giuseppe

La Traviata
» Prelude (Act 1)
» Prelude (Act 3)

Artists

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Conductor

Georg Solti

About

Beginning in 1961, Georg Solti enjoyed a ten-year tenure as Music Director of London’s Covent Garden Opera Company, where he raised performance standards while giving British singers more prominence than ever before. These changes were not lost on Buckingham Palace, and in 1968, Covent Garden earned the right to be renamed ‘The Royal Opera’.

With its orchestra he made some of his – and posterity’s – most thrilling recordings, cherished by music-lovers and audiophiles the world over. The 1960 recording of the ballet music from Faust was issued first as a 45rpm disc and later as a coupling to the Offenbach-Rosenthal Gaîte Parisienne, surely the very definition of the fabled ‘Decca Sound’ (it appears on Decca Eloquence 480 6589).

The pieces by Verdi, Rossini, Offenbach and Ponchielli were originally issued by RCA in 1959 (in England) and 1960 (in the USA) and in the 1970s on Decca when the recordings repatriated to them.

‘given a straight, crisp, neat performance [Dance of the Hours] … delicious oboe playing [L’italiana in Algeri]’ - Gramophone (April 1960)

‘all the playing on this disc is quite outstandingly good, and the same can be said of the recording quality’ - [Faust] Gramophone (December 1960)

‘[Solti’s] orchestra give a virtuoso performance and their bravura is certainly infection, even if sometimes a little breathless. The reverberant sound is both brilliant and sumptuous’ - Penguin Guide

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