Maestro or Mephisto - The Real Georg Solti

Maestro or Mephisto - The Real Georg Solti
Radio Times
Review by:
Patrick Mulkern

Solti wasn’t just a great conductor but a giant in the world of classical music, renowned for his perfectionism, fiery temper and inexhaustible energy well into his 80s. He died in 1997 and now, to honour his centenary, the BBC is exhuming his final, candid interview.

It provides the backbone of this profile, which re-examines the “legend and legacy” of Solti with observations from friends including Plácido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu, Murray Perahia and Kiri Te Kanawa, and from his widow, Lady Solti (former BBC presenter Valerie Pitts).

A centenary concert from Chicago is due to air on BBC4 next Friday.

About this programme

To mark the centenary of the acclaimed conductor's birth, this documentary examines the career of a musical perfectionist and explores his legacy. Featuring archive footage and contributions by Placido Domingo, Valery Gergiev, Angela Gheorghiu and Kiri Te Kanawa.

Cast and crew

Cast

Contributor
Placido Domingo
Contributor
Valery Gergiev
Contributor
Angela Gheorghiu
Contributor
Kiri Te Kanawa

Crew

Director
Andy King-Dabbs
Executive Producer
Peter Maniura
Producer
Andy King-Dabbs
Categories
Music

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