Sir Georg Solti
The term ‘maestro’ could have been invented for Georg Solti – a conductor full of charisma, energy and authority, driven by a limitless passion for music.
He made an unforgettable impact on such institutions as London’s Royal Opera House and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and his huge catalogue of recordings – above all Wagner’s Ring cycle – forms a monument to his achievement.
Solti: The Making of a Maestro was first broadcast in 1997, just weeks after the conductor’s sudden death. It features substantial interviews with Solti himself, who tells of his formative encounters with such figures as the composers Bartók, Kodály and Strauss and the conductors Furtwängler and Toscanini. Fascinating rehearsal footage provides a privileged insight into Solti’s personality, technique and methods.
Gramophone magazine wrote that: “Documentaries are often hard to recommend for repeated viewing. Not this one. It left me more convinced that, as Sir Peter Hall says [in an interview], ‘a deeply lyrical soul’, and that with all his flaws, he did represent greatness.”