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Studs engages the former Chicago Symphony Orchestra conductor, Sir Georg Solti, in a wide-ranging conversation about his life and career. From his early studies in Budapest with Béla Bartók, his string of good-luck opportunities before, during, and after World War II, meeting Toscanini in Lucerne, and starting on top conducting in Frankfurt, London, and finally Chicago. He discusses his many German and European musical influences and contemporaries, and stresses the importance of education, arts funding, and hard work.
Terkel presents a musical performance of the Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus
Maestro Josef Krips is mostly associated with conducting Mozart operas. Krips discovered early in his career that conducting Mozart is very difficult. Krips believed Mozart can be enjoyed by everyone, not just the well to do in society. He also believed art is an essential part of life that should be experienced by everyone.
Ernst Haefliger discusses the story of the Magelone songs by Brahms. He talks about his upbringing in Switzerland and his path to becoming a singer. He also discusses his interpretations of the roles he has played in various operas, like Tomino in "The Magic Flute". Music is played throughout: "Ruhe, Süssliebchen" by Brahms, "Leb denn wohl, Heimatland"by Janáček, an aria and a recitative from "St. Matthew Passion"by Bach, an aria from "The Magic Flute" by Mozart, and "Dichterliebe, Op.48" by Schumann. Music has been removed from this file for copyright reasons.