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Toscanini conducts music from Russia

Toscanini conducts music from Russia

New York broadcasts from recently discovered transcriptions


Glinka:

Spanish Overture No. 1 'Capriccio brillante on the Jota Aragonese'

Recorded 28th February 1948

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

Recorded 14th February 1948

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Recorded 15th November 1947

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Recorded 15th November 1947

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

Recorded 28th February 1948


Recorded 1947-8

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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies & Selected Overtures

Beethoven: Complete Symphonies & Selected Overtures

From the legendary Oct-Dec 1939 cycle: new 2013 digital transfers


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Egmont Overture, Op. 84


By 1939, after more than half a century on the podium and more than four decades conducting Beethoven, Toscanini’s approach to interpreting the canon could hardly have avoided extensive change and development. Precisely how he performed the symphonies early in the century is inevitably to some degree a matter of speculation, since no recordings survive from the first half of his career. This fine release can of course be judge and throughout the years this 1939 cycle recorded between October and December has been described as ‘legendary’.

“The greatest Beethoven cycle around”” classicalsource.com

“a remarkable testament to Toscanini” MusicWeb International

“Toscanini conducts the NBC Symphony Orchestra in this set from 1939 which for many is still the benchmark when it comes to conducting and performing Beethoven. Movements such as the last movement of the Second and the Scherzo of the Fifth are full of fire and riveting momentum. Considering the age of the set, the recorded sound is quite stunning.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical

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Verdi: Requiem Mass & Te Deum

Verdi: Requiem Mass & Te Deum


Verdi:

Requiem

Zinka Milanov (soprano), Bruna Castagna (mezzo), Jussi Björling (tenor), Nicola Moscona (bass)

Quattro Pezzi Sacri: Te Deum


NBC Symphony & Westminster Choir, Arturo Toscanini

Originally released in 1986, this set was one of our classical best sellers for well over a decade, and was reissued in improved sound in 2003 due to popular demand. Harvey Sachs writes in his liner notes “Performances of the Verdi Requiem often emphasize the work’s dramatic aspects to the detriment of its lyricism, or vice-versa. Here, Toscanini balances these elements completely convincingly…we are unlikely to hear a more overwhelming performance of the work than this.

“For a conductor famous for incandescence and relentless intensity, this account of the Requiem, from a Carnegie Hall concert of November 23, 1940, is most remarkable for its lyrical beauty and its breadth” Sunday Times, 10th March 2013

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Toscanini in London: The Legendary 1935 Recordings

Toscanini in London: The Legendary 1935 Recordings


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

recorded in 1939

Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Cherubini:

Anacréon Overture

Debussy:

La Mer

Elgar:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Geminiani, F:

Concerto grosso in B minor

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Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music, Op. 61

Mozart:

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

Rossini:

Semiramide Overture

Wagner:

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death & Funeral March

Faust Overture, WWV59

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Parsifal: Good Friday Music


By the autumn of 1934 terms were agreed for Toscanini to conduct four broadcast concerts during the third London Music Festival in June 1935, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1930, trained by Adrian Boult, and widely recognized as Britainís foremost ensemble.

Previous guest conductors included Richard Strauss, Mengelberg, and Koussevitzky; Toscanini's son-in-law Vladimir Horowitz had been a soloist with the orchestra and his positive experience had no doubt contributed to the Maestro’s decision to accept the invitation.

After the first, long sold-out concert on June 3, the following day’s critics were unanimous in declaring Toscanini to be pre-eminent in his art.

There were four programs, each given twice (with slight changes), and all recorded ‘on spec’ by HMV; eventually all works (except a Geminiani concerto, issued here for the first time) were released on LP or CD, but have been unavailable for many years, and are now released in greatly improved sound.

“This WHRA set is a splendid one. The sound quality is good while the documentation is fully up to the label’s usually high standards. As for the music-making, well the quality of that is quite exceptional...This set will be self-recommending to all acolytes of the Maestro who don’t already possess all these performances but it should also be snapped up by all who value great conducting.” MusicWeb International, 23rd April 2013

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Emanuel Feuermann: Unexpected Discoveries

Emanuel Feuermann: Unexpected Discoveries

Complete Acoustic 78s & Selected Live Performances


Albert, E:

Cello Concerto in C major Op. 20

National Orchestra Association, Leon Barzin

anon.:

Alt-italienisches Liebeslied

Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

Beethoven:

Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102 No. 2: excerpt

Albert Hirsch (piano)

Bloch, E:

Schelomo

National Orchestra Association, Leon Barzin

Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Members of the Berlin State Opera Orchestra, F. Weissmann

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

T. Saidenberg (piano)

Cui:

Cantabile, Op. 36 No. 2

Dvorak:

Rondo in G minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 - Adagio ma non troppo

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Hans Lange

Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5

National Orchestra Association, Leon Barzin

Rondo in G minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181

National Orchestra Association, Leon Barzin

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 - Adagio ma non troppo

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Frank Black

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Leon Barzin

Falla:

Jota (No. 4 from Siete canciones populares españolas)

T. Saidenberg (piano)

Gounod:

Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach

Haydn:

Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob. VIIb:2 (Op. 101): Adagio

Members of the Berlin State Opera Orchestra, F. Weissmann

Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob. VIIb:2 (Op. 101) - Allegro

Popper:

Serenade

Hungarian Rhapsody

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Paul Kletzki

Hungarian Rhapsody

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Paul Kletzki

Reicha, J:

Cello Concerto in A major, Op. 4

National Orchestra Association, Leon Barzin

Sarasate:

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

arr. Feuermann

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Traümerei

Abendlied (No. 12 from Klavierstücke für kleine und große Kinder, Op. 85)

Strauss, R:

Don Quixote, Op. 35

Arturo Toscanini


Emanuel Feuermann (1902-1942) was born in Poland and in his short life was recognised as one of the greatest cellists of his time. His pall bearers included Toscanini, Ormandy, Serkin and Szell. This collection features no fewer than eighteen CD premieres and rare live performances of the Dvořák Cello Concerto, Bloch’s Schlemo and many other works.

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Samuel Barber: Historical Recordings 1935-1960

Samuel Barber: Historical Recordings 1935-1960


Barber:

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Recorded live on 5th November 1938

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini

Capricorn Concerto

Recorded live on 2nd May 1945

CBS Orchestra, Samuel Barber

Violin Concerto, Op. 14

Recorded 7th February 1941

Albert Spalding (violin)

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Cello Concerto, Op. 22

Recorded 11th December 1950

Zara Nelsova (cello)

New Symphony Orchestra, Samuel Barber

Die Natali, Op. 37

Recorded live on 23rd December 1960

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Dover Beach, Op. 3

Recorded 13th May 1935

Samuel Barber (baritone)

Curtis String Quartet

First Essay for Orchestra Op. 12

Recorded live on 5th November 1938

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini

Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17

Recorded live on 16th April 1942

New Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Walter

Excursions Op. 20

Recorded 17th November 1950

Rudolf Firkušný (piano)

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Recorded live 19th June 1949

Eileen Farrell (soprano)

CBS Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann

Medea Orchestral Suite, Op. 23

Recorded 12th December 1950

New Symphony Orchestra, Samuel Barber

Overture to The School for Scandal, Op. 5

Recorded 11th March 1942

Janssen Symphony, Janssen Victor

Prayers of Kierkegaard, Op. 30

Recorded live on 3rd December 1954

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Cello Sonata in C minor, Op. 6

Recorded live on 28th January 1973

Orlando Cole (cello), Vladimir 'Billy' Sokoloff (piano)

String Quartet, Op. 11

Recorded live on 14th March 1938

Curtis Quartet

Symphony No. 1, Op. 9

Original version; recorded live 2nd April 1938

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Artur Rodzinski

Symphony No. 2, Op. 19

Original version; recorded live on 4th March 1944

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky

Vanessa

Recorded live on 1st February 1958

Eleanor Steber (Vanessa), Rosalind Elias (Erika), Nicolai Gedda (Anatol), Giorgio Tozzi (The Doctor), Regina Resnik (The Old Baroness), George Cehanovsky (Nicholas), Robert Nagy (Footman)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera House, Dimitri Mitropoulos

Violin Concerto, Op. 14

Revised version; recorded 7th January 1949

Ruth Posselt (violin)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Revised version; recorded live in October 1958

Eleanor Steber (soprano)

Edwin Biltcliffe

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

Revised version; recorded live on 15th November 1959

Leontyne Price (soprano)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Schippers

Symphony No. 1, Op. 9

Revised version; recorded 12th March 1944

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruno Walter

Symphony No. 2, Op. 19

Revised version; recorded 13th December 1950

New Symphony Orchestra, Samuel Barber

Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a

Recorded live on 16th March 1958

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitri Mitropoulos

Sure on this shining night, Op. 13 No. 3

Four Songs, Op. 13, No. 4 (Nocturne)

I hear an army

Recorded live on 2nd May 1945

Jennie Tourel (mezzo)

CBS Symphony Orchestra, Samuel Barber

Commando March

Recorded live on 30th October 1943

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky

Souvenirs, Op. 28

Recorded on 15th August 1952

Gold & Fizdale Duo

Also includes interviews with Barber and Menotti and rehearsal footage of the Second Symphony (Barber conducting)


An extraordinary collection of Barber performances, most of them never before released. Several major works are included in both their original and revised versions. Newly restored sound.

“A treasure-trove of historic Barber recordings...A real discovery is the broadcast of the Adagio for strings and the First Essay with the NBC Symphony under Toscanini on November 5, 1938. These were the actual sounds that propelled Barber into the front rank of American composers...This set of CDs is a gold mine for anyone wanting to study Barber's revisions and early performances, many of which are not otherwise available.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2011

“this is as wide-ranging an anthology of Barber performances as anyone could wish for… the transfers are consistently excellent and the presentation is superb… Barber was one of the most subtle and individual voices of American twentieth-century music and this box is a magnificent celebration of his very personal art.” International Record Review, July/August 2011

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Toscanini conducts Wagner

Toscanini conducts Wagner

The final concert given 4th April 1954 in Carnegie Hall


Wagner:

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Siegfried: Waldweben

Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey

Tannhäuser: Overture

Tannhäuser: Venusberg Music (bacchanale)

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture


This is Toscanini’s only concert in stereo that survives complete. This long-time best seller has been reissued in response to widespread demand and has been digitally remastered. This final concert was recorded in Carnegie Hall on 4th April 1954 and includes Lohengrin Prelude to Act I, Siegfried Forest Murmurs and Götterdämmerung Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey.

The final concert given 4th April 1954 in Carnegie Hall, recorded in high fidelity stereo. Originally issued under same number in 1984, this is Toscanini's only concert recorded in stereo that survives complete. Deleted six years ago, this long-time best seller has been reissued in response to widespread demand, with new graphics.

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Toscanini Conducts Beethoven

Toscanini Conducts Beethoven

Treasured Pre-War Performances


Beethoven:

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

Vina Bovy, Kerstin Thorborg, Jan Peerce, Ezio Pinza

NBC Symphony Orchestra

String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135 - 2 movements


Recorded 1938

“... the 1938 account [of the beethoven 9th] has distinguished soloists (probably the best Toscanini had for this work at NBC); its two final movements and its demonic second movement are very much worth hearing” Fanfare

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

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


Isobel Baillie (soprano), Mary Jarred (contralto), Parry Jones (tenor), Harold Williams (bass)

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Choral Society, Arturo Toscanini

Recorded 1937

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Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7

Beethoven - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135 - 2 movements

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92


Recorded 1947

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