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Solti: Orchestra!
Solti Orchestra
Actors: Sir Georg Solti, Dudley Moore
Director: Declan Lowney
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2007     4hr 10min

The landmark BBC series from 1991, the show introduces the instruments and workings of the symphony orchestra. Originally broadcast in the US on PBS stations. Featuring actor/comedian Dudley Moore (10, Arthur), who was als...  more »


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Actors: Sir Georg Solti, Dudley Moore
Director: Declan Lowney
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: DTS, Classical
Studio: Decca
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/13/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 4hr 10min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: German, Italian, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

S J Buck | Kent, UK | 12/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Dating from 1991 this marvellous TV series looks at the Orchestra with the help of the Sir Georg Solti and Dudley Moore. These two are an inspired pairing as many people never realised just how good a musician Dudley Moore was and outside of this TV series Sir Georg Solti was little known to the general public.

Looking at the different areas of the Orchestra, Woodwind, Brass, Strings Percussion etc this is always fascinating whether you know a lot about music or are just a casual viewer. Dudley Moore gets to show off his Piano skills in a variety of styles, usually under the watchful eyes of Sir Georg who himself was brilliant Pianist. I particularly like the section where Moore is trying to get the timing right on the Bartok with Sir Georg tapping time for him.

However there is so much more to this program than just the two presenters and their respective talents. The program is about the Orchestra, its construction, the infinte variety of sounds that it can produce, and of course it also features superb music by some of the greatest composers.

This was a great series, which if you find 'classical music' difficult to get into might just be the turning point in your musical life."
Review of Orchestra! by Sir Georg Solti and Dudlet Moore.
Carl Leon Bloch | 03/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I found the video to be very informative although Sir Georg Solti is hard to understand with his thick German accent. Subtitles would be a very helpful addition to this program. The colored lights during the performances of the music are distracting and un-needed. The music is perfect as it is and doesn't need any help from them."
A joyful prolegomenon for all time art
Jose Carlos G. Matta | 10/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Orchestra is a very good work about how human genius can produce perfection and order from the caos and diversity. Focus and discipline in order to produce art. How that is possible? How to make it? How to understand it? It's a very simple and also quite sofisticated way to bring to everyone the coprehension of it. Amusing and enlightening to all publics."
Orchestral Dream
Hugh W. Miller | Dorset, VT | 05/05/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is an informative guide to the orchestra that makes it easy to learn the different levels of each section of a classical orchestra. These young musicians are superb and in the hands of a legend such as Sir Georg, they shine throughout this excellent series."