ongrats to Adele not only for all those Grammys, but for becoming the second artist ever to win all four general categories: Record, Album, and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. (Remember who did it first, over 30 years ago?)
I was delighted to discover that the record for most Grammys overall goes, not to a rapper, rocker, or ranter, but a conductor.
Georg Solti conducted the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic and the London and Chicago Symphony Orchestras (the last for 22 years.)
My fuzzy little memory hasn’t retained as much about classical music as it has regarding rock, pop, and blues, but it seems to recall that Solti showed more understanding of Mozart’s vigorous nature than some conductors. His interpretations of even lighter works (certainly not Solti’s focus) carry more weight, more intensity. It’s a welcome change from those who occasionally treat Mozart with kid gloves, which upon reflection seems out of character.
And on those rare occasions when I’ve found myself leaving it on a classical station when the opera begins, more often than not, it’s Solti at the helm.