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Maestro Or Mephisto - The Real Georg Solti (2013)

Placido Domingo , Valery Gergiev , Andy King-Dabbs  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Placido Domingo, Valery Gergiev, Angela Gheorghiu, Kiri Te Kanawa, Murray Perahia
  • Directors: Andy King-Dabbs
  • Format: Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,917 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This groundbreaking film tells the story of one of the greatest and most controversial conductors of the 20th century. Sir Georg Solti took music making in opera houses and orchestras to new levels, harnessed recording and television to reach new audiences, and nurtured new talent through a winning, if not always endearing, combination of ambition, technique, charm, and genius. Includes interviews given by Solti just before his death.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting look at a great musician March 29, 2013
Solti's life and work are the subject of this rather misleadingly-titled BBC documentary; while a few members of the London Philharmonic express frustration at Solti's lack of stick technique and/or being made to play "like Americans" instead of their British selves, throughout the film Solti himself emerges as an admirable, fascinating, and charismatic talent--and nothing like Mephisto. Frankly, it's hard to find fault with someone so genuinely driven by a passion for music and excellence in its performance. The film features a number of interviews, including many with the maestro himself filmed over a thirty year period up until just before his death. Copious amounts of behind-the-scenes and performance footage give the viewer a fly-on-the-wall perspective of Solti's life, both on and off the podium. Although it runs only an hour, this well-structured film is highly recommended for classical music and opera lovers.
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Solti had a superb career not only because his talent but also his moral strength and some luck. Wherever he became a leading conductor
his orchestra became a world leader!
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