Georg Solti

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In my orchestra, I hate slackness, idle talk and lost time. I always hated this and still hate it. But I can achieve much more when I am quiet and not shouting.

Sir Georg Solti KBE (21 October 19125 September 1997) was a world-renowned Hungarian-born British orchestral and operatic conductor.


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Conductors by John L. Holmes (1988) pp 256-261 ISBN 0-575-04088-2[edit]

  • From Toscanini I learnt the essential and desperate seriousness of making music.
  • Everyone says you have to be a specialist, and if you conduct Wagner you cannot conduct Mozart - this is nonsense.
  • Fight the tendency to become complacent and do one kind of music - that is the death of a musician.
  • In my orchestra, I hate slackness, idle talk and lost time. I always hated this and still hate it. But I can achieve much more when I am quiet and not shouting.
  • Between the two men, somewhere, a truth is lying, and that is what I try to find.
    • Arguing that Toscanini and Furtwangler both went to extremes.

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