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Sir Georg Solti (1912–1997), originally named György Stern, was a Hungarian-born conductor of Jewish heritage and one of the leading and most prolific conductors of the 20th century. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Solti displayed early musical talent and pursued studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. However, the rise of the Nazis compelled him to emigrate to Switzerland, where he continued his musical education. In the aftermath of World War II, he adopted the professional name Georg Solti.

Solti’s illustrious career reached new heights when he assumed the role of music director at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1961. During his tenure, he gained international acclaim for his interpretations of Wagner, Richard Strauss, and Verdi operas. Solti’s collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where he served as music director from 1969 to 1991, was particularly notable. Under his leadership, the orchestra earned numerous Grammy Awards, and Solti himself received 31 Grammy Awards, surpassing all other conductors in history.

Renowned for his dynamic and precise conducting style, Solti was highly regarded for his interpretations of the German Romantic repertoire, including works by Wagner, Mahler, and Strauss. His dedication to detail and commitment to the score made his performances celebrated for their clarity and intensity. Solti’s extensive discography includes landmark recordings of major orchestral and operatic works, leaving an enduring legacy in the world of classical music.

[Photo of Solti by Allan Warren, 1975.]

    Curved Air    December 12th, 2023

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    Curved Air    October 31st, 2023

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