Arturo Toscanini Stereo

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
While collectors of historic recordings will be thrilled by Idis' 2006 double-disc Arturo Toscanini Stereo, these live 1954 recordings by Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra of Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Pathétique," and five orchestral selections from Wagner's operas will create less of a stir among lay listeners. There are several reasons for connoisseurs to snap up this fascinating package, not least because of the phenomenal early stereo reproduction and scrupulous remastering to CD, but also because the music is clear, crisply detailed, and easy to follow, despite the occasional tape glitches, intermittent audience noises, and ever-present ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
While collectors of historic recordings will be thrilled by Idis' 2006 double-disc Arturo Toscanini Stereo, these live 1954 recordings by Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra of Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Pathétique," and five orchestral selections from Wagner's operas will create less of a stir among lay listeners. There are several reasons for connoisseurs to snap up this fascinating package, not least because of the phenomenal early stereo reproduction and scrupulous remastering to CD, but also because the music is clear, crisply detailed, and easy to follow, despite the occasional tape glitches, intermittent audience noises, and ever-present background hiss. But listeners who have become accustomed to modern digital reproduction may be disappointed by the imperfections of these analog recordings and distracted enough by them to miss the finer points of the performances. Furthermore, the microphone placement is so close up and intimate -- practically in the center of the orchestra in the "Pathétique" -- that these recordings at times seem unnaturally dry and airless, with little resonance or sense of space. One needs to be enthusiastic for Toscanini's legendary interpretations to get past these audio obstacles, but admirers of his work with this famous studio orchestra will be utterly impressed with the vigor and passion that he communicated in these final concerts at age 87; his interpretations of Tchaikovsky and Wagner are as intense and full-blooded as any. So putting the sound issues to one side, the obvious significance of these performances and the undeniable excitement of the performances should be sufficient reasons to buy this important collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/28/2006
  • Label: Idi [ital Disc Inst]
  • UPC: 675754955724
  • Catalog Number: 6500

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 6 in B minor ("Pathétique"), Op.74 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & NBC Symphony Orchestra (45:00)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    Conducted byArturo Toscanini
    Performed byNBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini
    1. 1Adagio - Allegro non troppo
    2. 2Allegro con grazia
    3. 3Allegro molto vivace
    4. 4Finale, Adagio lamentoso
Disc 2
  1. 1 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 1. Prelude - Richard Wagner & NBC Symphony Orchestra (8:09)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byArturo Toscanini
    Performed byNBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini
  2. 2 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Forest Murmurs - Richard Wagner & NBC Symphony Orchestra (8:37)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byArturo Toscanini
    Performed byNBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini
  3. 3 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey - Richard Wagner & NBC Symphony Orchestra (12:05)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byArturo Toscanini
    Performed byNBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini
  4. 4 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Overture and Bacchanale - Richard Wagner & NBC Symphony Orchestra (25:09)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byArturo Toscanini
    Performed byNBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini
  5. 5 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Act 1. Prelude - Richard Wagner & NBC Symphony Orchestra (9:10)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byArturo Toscanini
    Performed byNBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini
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Performance Credits
Arturo Toscanini Primary Artist
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