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Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, November 2013

One of a slew of 2012 releases commemorating the centenary of conductor Georg Solti’s birth, this DVD features his first performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) outside of North America, at the 1971 Edinburgh Festival. Solti’s charisma at this historic recital is impressive…The musicians of the CSO—including acclaimed principals Ray Still (oboe), Dale Clevenger (horn), Adolph ‘Bud’ Herseth (trumpet) and Frank Miller (cello)—deliver sublime performances, which—along with Solti’s impassioned direction—makes this concert one for the ages. Not to be missed. © 2013 Scene Magazine Read complete review

James A. Altena
Fanfare, July 2013

Here is Solti at his absolute peak—dynamic but not overly forceful, with his phenomenal mastery of every detail of whatever musical score lay before him at the moment. He radiates absolute confidence…

…the strings play with sheen and genuine warmth of tone. The woodwind and brass sections are nothing short of stunning in their virtuosity and blend…

…the Mendelssohn overture is very good, and the Brahms symphony absolutely superlative.

The recorded sound is marvelous for its era; the camerawork is likewise very well done…This is the first orchestral concert video I have ever seen that I ultimately intend to place in the Fanfare Classical Hall of Fame—it is that magnificent. Urgently recommended, and a short-list candidate for the 2013 Want List. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Lawrence Hansen
American Record Guide, March 2013

…the sound and picture quality is pretty impressive…It has been refurbished for DVD very nicely. Colors are vibrant, detail is good, and the camera work…is polished and smooth.

The sound…is very good—true stereo with realistic hall ambiance.

We have to be immensely grateful to the BBC for recording and preserving these and other CSO Solti performances on video… © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Andrew Achenbach
Gramophone, February 2013

Not only is it a privilege to witness a seasoned outfit playing with such opulent tone, unbounded musicality and selfless application, the dynamic yet ever watchful Solti directs proceedings with consummate grip, attentiveness and pleasing strength of personality. Above all, there’s an irresistible sense of a conductor and orchestra both acutely mindful and deeply proud of their distinguished heritage…What a band they were, and what a fabulous roster of principals they boasted!

…fans of Solti and the CSO alike will need to snap up this DVD. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

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