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SOLTI CENTENARY CONCERT - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Gustav Mahler, Béla Bartók

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Gustav Mahler, Béla Bartók

Soloists: Angela Gheorghiu, René Pape, Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra, Chorus: World Orchestra for Peace
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
DVD Specials: “Solti’s Vision”, a film about the World Orchestra for Peace 21 mins

Solti’s 100th birthday on October 21, 2012, featuring the World Orchestra for Peace. This unique ensemble owes its existence to the vision of its founder, Sir Georg Solti, who believed passionately in peace and the power of music and musicians to be ambassadors for peace. Charmingly hosted by Solti’s widow, Lady Valerie Solti, and featuring soloists such as Angela Gheorghiu and René Pape as well as members of the Georg Solti Accademia, this memorable evening presents musical highlights, all of which played a significant role in Solti’s life and career. Besides excerpts from Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro”, “Die Zauberflöte” and “Don Giovanni” or Verdi’s “La Traviata” and “Rigoletto”, this concert finds lovely musical moments in the “Adagietto” from Mahler’s “Fifth Symphony”, Strauss’ “Don Juan” and Bartók’s masterful “Concerto for Orchestra”. Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” as the encore closes the performance with a smash. Conductor Valery Gergiev was a good friend of his advisor Georg Solti. Together with Lady Valerie Solti and the World Orchestra for Peace he carries on Solti’s vision and maintains his memory.

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