Sir Georg Solti: Conductor Essential Recordings

Essential Recordings

Bartók: Orchestral Works
Eloquence ELQ4806872 (two discs)
The major works largely in Solti's earlier London versions rather than the Chicago remakes [Decca 4705162].

Beethoven: Symphony No 9
Speakers Corner 6BB121/2 (two LPs, 180g vinyl)
The earlier of two Solti/CSO recordings for Decca with soloists Pilar Lorengar, Yvonne Minton, Stuart Burrows and Martti Talvela.

Mahler: Symphony No 2
Speakers Corner SET325/6 (two LPs, 180g vinyl)
An audiophile's highlight in Solti's earlier LSO recordings of Mahler. From 1966, it's still a demonstration-worthy 'Resurrection' set.

Mahler: Symphony No 8
Decca 475 7521
The first recording to realise the scale of this 'Symphony of a Thousand' had the Chicago SO and a fine vocal cast assembled in Vienna.

Mozart: Symphonies Nos 40 and 41
Decca 414 334-2
Amazon still lists this rather fine Mozart CD coupling with the COE. Otherwise it only comes in Decca's 25CD set: 480 7238.

Schubert: Symphony No 9
Decca E4603112
The CD reissue (if you can find it) also has the VPO Siegfried Idyll. There's a Presto CD with just the 'Great C major' [4000822].