A new documentary, released on the 100th anniversary of Solti’s birth in October 1912, traces the life of this extraordinary individual and the numerous highlights of his storied career…Wübbolt’s homage to Solti is tasteful and moving, a production well-suited to fans and students of 20th century classical music. © 2013 Scene Magazine
This worthwhile release is timed to coincide with the Solti centenary celebrations of 2012.
The overall impression…is of a warm, energetic man who put his art first and who had a predominantly positive effect in the world of music. It’s interesting to have the coupling of the documentary with the concert: one reawakens interest in the conductor, and the other helps us to see more of him at work. The Chicago violins are trippingly light in the “Classical” symphony, loving Prokofiev’s textures. The winds provide a very winning contrast to the bustling strings in the finale. The Shostakovich…is very fine. The strongest moments are the slower sections of the Scherzo and the Lento, both of which are thoughtful and meditative. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review