Beethoven: The Symphonies, Solti (7-CD)

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Discs: 7
Record Label: London
Release Date: August 13, 2007

Shortly after Sir Georg Solti took the helm of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1969, he embarked on a tremendous recording project — his first complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies. This collection took the orchestra outside of Orchestra Hall, recording many of the works at the historic Medinah Temple (Chicago), along with recordings at the University of Illinois and Sofiensaal (Vienna). Hear the Chicago with tremendous clarity in Solti’s timeless recordings of Beethoven’s symphonies — recordings that have stood the test of time and continue to be ranked among the best nearly 50 years later.

The original LP release included a 50-minute discussion with celebrated writer and musicologist William Mann. Now, for the first time, these recordings can be heard on CD, retouched and remastered for modern day listening.

This collection was reissued in 2007, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of Solti’s death in 1997.

1975 Grammy® Award, Best Classical Album

Contents:

Disc 1:

Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
May 1974, Medinah Temple, Chicago

Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36
May 1974, Medinah Temple, Chicago

Disc 2:

Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 (Eroica)
November 1973, Medinah Temple, Chicago

Beethoven Egmont, Overture, Op. 84
May 1972, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana

Beethoven Coriolan Overture, Op 62
September 1974, Sofiensaal, Vienna

Disc 3:

Beethoven Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60
May 1974, Medinah Temple, Chicago

Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
November 1973, Medinah Temple, Chicago

Disc 4:

Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (Pastoral)
September 1974, Sofiensaal, Vienna

Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
May 1972, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana

Disc 5:

Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
September 1974, Sofiensaal, Vienna

Beethoven Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93
November 1973, Medinah Temple, Chicago

Disc 6:

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125
Pilar Lorengar soprano
Yvonne Minton mezzo-soprano
Stuart Burrows tenor
Martti Talvela bass
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis director
June 1972, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana

Disc 7:

Sir Georg Solti in Conversation with William Mann
1975