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Solti Centenary Concert

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The classical music world loves to trumpet its lost leviathans, and Georg Solti, one of the 20th century’s most remarkable conductors, who died in 1997, is honoured in a concert at the Chicago Symphony Center. It was held on 21 October, 100 years to the day after his birth. A diverse programme includes Mozart, Verdi, Mahler and, fittingly, Bartok, under whom young Georg studied in Budapest in the 20s.

Jostling among the talent on stage are Solti’s former protégés, opera stars René Pape and Angela Gheorghiu; the event is hosted by his widow, Lady Valerie, and narrated by our own James Naughtie.


A performance to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hungarian conductor Sir Georg Solti, from Symphony Centre, Chicago. Lady Valerie Solti, the conductor's widow, introduces the concert, which features the World Orchestra for Peace, led by Valery Gergiev and comprises musicians from the world's leading symphony orchestras and vocal soloists Angela Gheorghiu and Rene Pape performing works by Mozart, Verdi, Strauss, Mahler and Bartok which chart the course of Solti's musical career. James Naughtie narrates.

Cast & Crew

Performer Angela Gheorghiu
Performer Rene Pape
Performer Valerie Solti
Performer Valery Gergiev
Performer World Orchestra for Peace
Contributor Lady Valerie Solti
Narrator James Naughtie
Director Peter Maniura
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