Solti At Covent Garden (CD)
Beginning in 1961, Georg Solti enjoyed a ten-year tenure as Music Director of London’s Covent Garden Opera Company where he raised performance standards while giving British singers more prominence than ever before. Solti made some of his – and posterity’s – most thrilling recordings, cherished by music-lovers and audiophiles the world over.
The 1960 recording of the ballet music from ‘Faust’ was issued first as a 45rpm disc and later as a coupling to the Offenbach-Rosenthal, ‘Gaîte Parisienne’, surely the very definition of the fabled ‘Decca Sound’ (it appears on Decca Eloquence 480 6589). The pieces by Verdi, Rossini, Offenbach and Ponchielli were originally issued by RCA in 1959 (in England) and 1960 (in the USA) and in the 1970s on Decca when the recordings repatriated to them.
Faust: Ballet Music
CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK
Orfeo ed Euridice:
Dance of the Furies
Dance of the blessed spirits
Prelude to Act I
Prelude to Act III
L’italiana in Algeri: Overture
Les Contes d’Hoffmann: Entr’acte (Barcarolle)
La Gioconda: Dance of the Hours
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden