There are two TV documentaries coming up about the irrepressible conductor and I’ve had a whale of a time taking part in both of them, warmly recalling a man and a musician who was a life force in everything he did.
Arte, the Franco-German arts channel will show Georg Wuebbolt’s new film, “Sir Georg Solti – Für mein Leben habe ich kaempfen muessen” on October 31 at 10.10 pm. The title is pinpoint perfect: Solti’s was a life of constant struggle.
You may remember the director from his brilliant documentary a couple of years back about Carlos Kleiber. This film, too, will be internationally available on DVD.
The BBC have also produced a Solti epic, which we can expect to see towards the end of the year.
Decca are bringing out a spate of boxed sets to mark the centenary and there will be Solti features on many classical radio stations on or around the actual 100th birthday, 21 October.