, August 2013
Here’s another irresistible helping of Sir Georg Solti and his dazzling Chicagoans from the BBC archives…
Captured in satisfyingly full-blooded ‘enhanced mono’ sound…both symphonies receive top-class advocacy. Solti’s Mozart combines grace, tender affection and urbanity to most agreeable effect… As for the Tchaikovsky, Solti’s imperious reading pretty much has it all: long-term rigour, intensity, temperament, pathos, wit and drama. Listen out for the memorably songful tone Solti draws from the ever-pliable CSO strings in the slow movement, and how much balletic point and twinkling fun he locates in the ensuing Pizzicato ostinato. I need hardly stress that the finale attains the highest degree of excitement without ever degenerating into flashy theatricals—the power and precision of the brass section in particular will blow you away.
Above all, though, these consistently alive and involving performances serve to remind one afresh of the cherishable pedigree and long-standing tradition of this remarkable orchestra. What an enviably secure and commandingly articulate group of musicians, and what an extraordinary array of collective and individual talent inhabited their ranks! © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone