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George Solti

Georg Solti (conductor, born October 21, 1912, Budapest, Hungary; died September 5, 1997) Few conductors in our country have inspired the sort of legend that surrounds Sir Georg Solti. His extraordinary performances of Beethoven, Wagner, Verdi, Mahler, and Strauss are revered on disc and treasured in memory. Sir Georg was the first to record Wagner's monumental Ring of the Nibelungs. He has won more Grammys and Grand Prix du Disque than any other conductor. His staggering achievements with two of the world's outstanding arts organizations--at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and London's Royal Opera at Covent Garden--have made him a colossal force on both sides of the Atlantic as well as in the surprisingly different worlds of operatic and orchestral music.

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