Solti achieved great success with the first complete recording of Das Rheingold in 1958 after which his reputation for recording Wagner escalated. His was also known for his dramatic and expressive performances of works by Richard Strauss, demonstrated by this exciting performance of Don Juan, with revealing bonus rehearsal material and an interview by John Culshaw. The 1985 performance of Beethoven 5 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra is equally thrilling, filmed during his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Chicago Symphony, with whom he recorded the full set of Beethoven Symphonies.
The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.