Solti-Chicago: The Vinyl Edition (LP) | Decca 4832299

Solti-Chicago: The Vinyl Edition (LP)


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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4832299

Format: LP

Number of Discs: 6

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 17th November 2017



Decca celebrates one of the world’s most prolific conductor-orchestra partnerships with a limited edition deluxe 6-LP box set marking both the 20th anniversary of the passing of Sir Georg Solti and the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Includes no fewer than four Grammy Award winning albums.

Numbered limited edition 6-LP set presented in a deluxe two-piece slipcase with silver foiled design, with each album presented in its original artwork.

38-page perfect-bound LP-sized book includes four noteworthy aspects in addition to full tracklists and recording information:

- photographs from the recording sessions;
- a foreword by Lady Solti,
- a detailed Retrospective by CSO Archivist Frank Villella
- an excerpt from “Chicago” taken from Solti’s Memoirs “Solti on Solti”

Sir Georg Solti was one of the twentieth century’s most brilliant conductors and a leading figure of musical culture in Europe and the US. He studied piano, composition and conducting with Bartók, Dohnányi, Kodály and Weiner, made his concert debut as a pianist, and in 1937, Toscanini selected him as his assistant at the Salzburg Festival. He made his first recordings for Decca in 1947 and continued as an exclusive Decca artist for over half a century leaving a vast legacy of over 250 great recordings – including 45 complete operas.

Solti’s remarkable partnership with the CSO began in 1954, when Solti first led the Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. He returned to Chicago for guest engagements with the Lyric Opera in 1956, made his Chicago Orchestra Hall debut on 9 December 1965, and his first concerts as Music Director were in September 1969. Solti served as Music Director for 22 years (1969-1991) and Music Director Laureate for a further 7 years until his passing (1991-1997) and is credited with greatly extending and building the Orchestra's reputation worldwide – starting in 1971 with its first foreign tour.

Solti’s recordings garnered many international honours including 33 Grammy awards (24 of which were made with the CSO) – more than any other recording artist to this day – including a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Trustees Award.

“[Solti and Chicago] was a musical marriage made in heaven. They very much appreciated his style of musicianship and his style of leadership. Equally, he found the precision of their sound very much to his liking.” - James Mallinson, producer on many of Solti’s recordings with the CSO

“If you listen to the slow movements of his recordings of the Bruckner symphonies you’ll find there a personality of huge humanity, warmth and generosity” - Michael Haas, producer on the landmark Bruckner cycle with the CSO

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