Solti recording session Vienna 1965

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Solti recording session Vienna 1965

Postby langleycello » Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:22 am

Some remarkable footage which may appeal to some - the engineers evidently know the score as well as the conductor.

Also interesting to see all the old WSW equipment.

http://youtu.be/qW6Mwr7xVxY

Solti was one of the greatest - known colloquially as "The screaming Skull" - quite a taskmaster apparently, but his recordings of Wagner are legendary.

The chief engineer / producer for Decca at the time was John Culshaw who features prominently in this snippet

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Re: Solti recording session Vienna 1965

Postby DwaneHollands » Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:21 am

That was great. It looks like a shuttle launch with how they operated.

Also watched part of a related video and they say his recordings of Wagner sold 100 million records. Wow! That's what I call the good 'ole days! Lol.
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Re: Solti recording session Vienna 1965

Postby langleycello » Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:45 am

Yeh, the whole doco is extraordinary and chronicles the entire process - Culshaw was a genius and knew exactly how to bring the best out of the musicians - like Solti he knew the score backwards - every nuance..

Solti's energy and intensity is beyond description - no wonder this recording is so critically acclaimed.

Have you seen the bit when they bring a horse into the studio?

http://youtu.be/GI1F7ziJIEo

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Re: Solti recording session Vienna 1965

Postby DwaneHollands » Sat Oct 11, 2014 3:10 pm

ha! I'm surprised that they would have done a gag like that.

I suppose after that epic achievement of recording that 4.5 hour opera, a little light heartedness would be welcome!
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Re: Solti recording session Vienna 1965

Postby Drumstruck » Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:38 pm

haha - "it's almost as complex as the countdown on the launching pad"
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