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Arturo Toscanini

One of the most acclaimed musicians of his era, Toscanini was a conductor of the "old school" - aristocratic, perfectionistic and something of an autocrat on the podium. After a brief flurry of interest in Fascism in the 1910s, he rapidly became disillusioned with the movement and indeed became a personal rival of Mussolini, repeatedly antagonising him through acts of artistic defiance such as refusals to open concerts with the Fascist anthem Giovinezza.

Eventually he fled Italy for the United States, becoming the first conductor of the newly-formed NBC Symphony Orchestra, with whom he pioneered radio broadcasts and recordings that made him a household name in America until his retirement at the age of 87. He gave the premiere performances of several major works, including Barber's Adagio for Strings and the American premiere of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony.

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Celebrating Verdi

Celebrating Verdi

Verdi’s Legendary Interpreters


Verdi:

La forza del destino Overture

USA, 1943

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini

I vespri siciliani Overture

Fairfield Hall, Croydon 12 January 1968

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini

Quattro Pezzi Sacri: Stabat Mater

Fairfield Hall, Croydon, 3 March 1968

New Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Carlo Maria Giulini

Eh! Taverniere … Mondo ladro (from Falstaff)

BBC Studio London 16 May 1958

Tito Gobbi (baritone)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras

Vanne, la tua meta gia vedo…Credo in un Dio crudel (from Otello)

BBC Studio London 16 May 1958

Tito Gobbi (baritone)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras


Celebrating Verdi brings into focus the greatest interpreters of Giuseppe Verdi's compositions. These jewels of music broadcasting have been salvaged from various archives and been made accessible for home viewing audiences uniting appealing and enjoyable performances by legendary artists as Arturo Toscanini, Carlo Maria Giulini, Tito Gobbi and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

Lovingly restored, up scaled and digitally remastered the Classic Archive ™ series offers a unique glimpse into our classical heritage featuring performances by celebrated artists of the past including complete full-lengths programmes and comprehensive booklet information.

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Running time: 58 min

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Toscanini: The Maestro

Toscanini: The Maestro


Documentary about the work of Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini whose career spanned across the 19th and 20th century. The programme contains footage of Toscanini on television and in film, with home movies, clips from the Salzburg Festival in the 1930s and input from those who worked with him.

“Levine is Rosen's great asset in pursuing the case for Toscanini, even more than Mahler, as the conductor who raised and set standards, especially in opera houses, that we now take for granted.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2013

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Toscanini In His Own Words

Toscanini In His Own Words


Excerpts from:

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 (1952), Missa Solemnis (1953), Piano Concerto No. 3 (1944)

BERLIOZ Damnation of Faust, Rakoczy March (1945)

BIZET L'Arlésienne Suite (1943);MARTUCCI Symphony No.1 (1938)

PUCCINI La Bohème - Addio, Senza Rancor (1946)

VERDI La Traviata (1946), Otello (1947),Te Deum (1954), Un ballo in maschera (1954), Nabucco:Va Pensiero (1943)

NBC Orchestra / Arturo Toscanini

Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 ‘Pathetique’ The Philadelphia Orchestra/ Arturo Toscanini (1942)

PUCCINI Manon Lescaut - Intermezzo and Act III La Scala Orchestra / Arturo Toscanini (1946)

BELLINI I Puritani Maria Callas (soprano); La Scala Orchestra / Tullio Serafin (1953)

CATALANI In Sogno, Extract from Impressioni / Pietro Spada

FRANCK Symphony in D min: lento allegro non troppo Hilversum RSO/ Leopold Stokowski (1970)

PUCCINI Madame Butterfly Overture Paris Orchestra/James Conlon (1993), Turandot Chorus of the Opéra du Rhin, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra / Alain Lombard (1977)


This film is a 'docufiction' on the great Toscanini directed by well-known film-maker Larry Weinstein, who pushes the boundaries of conventional documentary storytelling by borrowing tools from fiction. Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957), arguably the greatest and most famous conductor in history, was paradoxically one of the most private. He never granted interviews, left diaries or journals of any kind. But during the last years of his life, his son Walter secretly recorded 150 hours of intimate conversations that Toscanini shared with friends and family.

TOSCANINI: In His Own Words, is based on these tapes which remained hidden for more than 50 years. Recreated conversations reveal aspects of the Maestro never seen before. Subjects such as his loves, opinions about colleagues, his clashes with Mussolini and Hitler, his personal memories of Verdi, Puccini, Furtwangler, Stokowski, as well as his greatest joys and causes of his endemic sadness are all part of his frank conversation. Interwoven throughout the film are many of Toscanini's greatest musical performances. ARTURO TOSCANINI (Barry Jackson)

WALTER TOSCANINI (Joseph Long) The firstborn of Arturo and Carla Toscanini's four children: scholar, bookseller, husband of the celebrated ballerina Cia Fornaroli and his father's right-hand man during the Maestro's last years. He later dedicated himself to preserving and protecting his father's recorded legacy.

WALLY TOSCANINI (Carolina Giammetta) Arturo and Carla's second child: a great beauty who led an adventurous early life, married Count Emanuele Castelbarco and fled to Switzerland during the German occupation of Milan. After the war, she played an unofficial but important role in La Scala's artistic and social life.

ANITA COLOMBO (Jennie Goosens) artistic executive assistant to Toscanini at La Scala during the 1920s and was later its general manager for two seasons. She remained a close friend of the Toscanini family.

WILFRID PELLETIER (Michael Brandon) French-Canadian conductor for many years on the staff of the Metropolitan Opera. He and his wife, the American soprano Rose Bampton, were among the Toscanini family's closest friends.

IRIS CANTELLI (Valentina Chico) She was married to the brilliant young conductor Guido Cantelli, who was much admired by Toscanini. The Cantellis were frequent guests of the Toscaninis.

“Fans of TV reconstructions will gladly suspend disbelief and for the rest of us there is rare archive footage, showing (for example) the passage of the catafalque at Verdi's funeral and the conductor's own, 52 years later. Jackson's Toscanini is a broken man, inspiring sympathy until he insists than "When I'm working I haven't got time to enjoy. I feel I am going through all the pain and suffering of a woman giving birth".” Gramophone Magazine, August 2009

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The Television Concerts (1948-52)

The Television Concerts (1948-52)

Volume One


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Anne McKnight (soprano), Jane Hobson (contralto), Erwin Dillon (tenor) & Norman Scott (bass)

Members of the Collegiate Chorale

Wagner:

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Siegfried: Waldweben

Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries


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Arturo Toscanini - The Television Concerts (1948-52)

Arturo Toscanini - The Television Concerts (1948-52)

Volume Two


Brahms:

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Dvorak:

Symphonic Variations, Op. 78

Mozart:

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture


Mischa Mischakoff (violin), Frank Miller (cello) & Artur Balsam & Joseph Kahn (pianos)

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini

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The Television Concerts (1948-52)

The Television Concerts (1948-52)

Volume Three


Verdi:

Aida


Herva Nelli, Eva Gustavson, Richard Tucker, Giuseppe Valdengo, Norman Scott, Dennis Harbour, Virginio Assandri & Teresa Stich-Randall

NBC Symphony Orchestra & Robert Shaw Chorale, Arturo Toscanini

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The Television Concerts (1948-52)

The Television Concerts (1948-52)

Volume Four


Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Wagner:

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Siegfried: Waldweben

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death & Funeral March

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Weber:

Euryanthe Overture


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Arturo Toscanini - The Television Concerts (1948-52)

Arturo Toscanini - The Television Concerts (1948-52)

Volume Five


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Debussy:

Trois Nocturnes: Nuages et Fêtes

Franck, C:

Rédemption ­ Symphonic Interlude

Respighi:

Pines of Rome

Rossini:

Guillaume Tell Overture

Sibelius:

En Saga, Op. 9


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