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The Great Orchestras


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One of a series of films featuring the world's leading orchestras
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra conductor Sir Georg Solti
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1891 by the German-born musician Theodore Thomas and at one time enjoyed the reputation of being ' the best provincial orchestra in the world.' GEORG SOLTI became its permanent conductor in 1969 and in 1971 the orchestra left the United States for the first time to a tumultuous European reception, confirming what Chicago already knew-here was a great orchestra. The music extracts include
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde (With YVONNE MINTON)
Beethoven Symphony No 9 Mozart Symphony No 25 Strauss Don Juan
Wagner Prelude: Die Meister-singer
An admirable picture setting the orchestra vividly in its city of rich and poor extremes (DAILY TELEGRAPH) Solti is as ever compulsively viewable, both on the podium and as a talker
Co-production by BBCtv and RM Productions, Munich


Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Editor: David Naden
Producer: Ian Engelmann

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