Sir Georg Solti: THE LEGACY 1937-1997 (2 CDs)
This 2-CD set contains 150 minutes of many previously unpublished live recordings and unpublished studio items spanning Sir Georg Solti's entire professional career as well as his 50-year exclusive association with Decca. The accompanying booklet contains an essay by broadcaster, writer and former member of the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Jon Tolansky (who played in the orchestra during part of Sir Georg Solti's tenure as Music Director); sung texts in the original language + English are included as well as a selection of photographs.
CD 1  Schubert: Abschied 3:21 Recorded: 25 June 1947 [studio] Max Lichtegg / Sir Georg Solti  Mozart: Di Zauberflöte: Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen 3:57 Recorded: Salzburg Festival 1937 Willi Domgraf-Faßbaender / WP / Toscanini Sir Georg Solti keyboard glockenspiel  Richard Strauss: Elektra: Allein! Weh, ganz allein 8:42 Recorded: August 1952 [studio] Christel Goltz / Bayerisches Staatsorchester  Berg: Lulu: Wie kannst Du die Szene gegen mich aus spielen? [Sonaten-Durchführung] 7:13 Recorded: 1961 Ernst Gutstein / Helga Pilarczyk / Frankfurt Opera  Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier: Marie Theres! ... Es ist ein Traum 14:10 Recorded: December 1959 Sena Jurinac / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf / Hanny Steffek / Ronald Lewis / Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden  Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro: Hai gia vinta la causa 4:49 Recorded: 1963 Tito Gobbi / Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden  Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro: Giunse alfin il momento 5:09 Recorded: 1963 Mirella Freni / Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden  Verdi: Otello: Ora e per sempre addio... si pel ciel 10:37 Recorded: 1964 James McCracken / Tito Gobbi / Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden  Mozart: Così fan tutte: Soave sia il vento 3:33 Recorded: July 1968 Pilar Lorengar / Josephine Veasey / Keith Engen / Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden  Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust: Merci, doux crepuscule! 5:05 Recorded: August 1963 Nicolai Gedda / Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden  Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Helena! Hermia! Demetrius! Lysander! 5:27 Recorded: March 1968 [studio] Delme Bryn-Jones / Kenneth McDonald / Elizabeth Robson / Anne Howells Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden  Giordano: Andrea Chénier: Vicino a te 7:31 Recorded 10 November 1956 Renata Tebaldi, Richard Tucker / Orchestra of the Lyric Opera, Chicago
CD 2 - Mozart: Concerto for 2 Pianos, K365 24:47 Recorded: 9 October 1987 Murray Perahia, Sir Georg Solti / Chicago Symphony Orchestra  Verdi: Otello: Gia nella notte densa 9:47 Recorded: 9 October 1987 Plácido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa / Chicago Symphony Orchestra Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro: 3 short rehearsal sequences from the Decca recording  Act 2 - Porgi amor - rehearsal of orchestral introduction 3:28  Act 4 - recitative rehearsal sequence: Ebbene, il padron l'odia... a un fischio mio correte tutti quanti 3:36  Act 1 - La vendetta - rehearsal of introduction 1:44 Recorded: May 1981  Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro: Porgi amor 4:01 Recorded: 1991 Margaret Price / Chamber Orchestra of Europe  Britten: Billy Budd: O beauty, o handsomeness 5:59 Recorded: March 1968 [studio] Forbes Robinson / Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden  Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise 7:41 Recorded: 3 July 1971 Birgit Nilsson / Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden  Wagner: Götterdämmerung: Grane mein Roß... selig grüßt dich dein Weib! 2:01 Recorded: July 1983 Hildegard Behrens / Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele  Mozart: Così fan tutte: Come Scoglio 4:31 Recorded: May 1994 Renée Fleming / Chamber Orchestra of Europe  Schubert: An die Musik 3:20 Recorded: October 1992 Hans Hotter / Jeffrey Tate  Verdi: La forza del destino: Pace, pace 5:45 Recorded: January 1997 [studio] - previously unpublished Angela Gheorghiu / London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Georg Solti