Arturo Toscanini: The Complete Philadelphia Orchestra Recordings 1941-42

Arturo Toscanini: The Complete Philadelphia Orchestra Recordings 1941-42

by Arturo Toscanini
     
 

While these recordings of Arturo Toscanini leading the Philadelphia Orchestra were always a matter of pride to RCA -- look, here's America's best-known conductor leading one of America's best-loved orchestras! -- they are also something of an embarrassment to RCA -- look, here's America's best-known conductor leading an orchestra that's not the NBC Symphony, the…  See more details below

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While these recordings of Arturo Toscanini leading the Philadelphia Orchestra were always a matter of pride to RCA -- look, here's America's best-known conductor leading one of America's best-loved orchestras! -- they are also something of an embarrassment to RCA -- look, here's America's best-known conductor leading an orchestra that's not the NBC Symphony, the orchestra he hand picked and we paid for, and sounding a heck of a lot better. What does sounding better mean? It means sounding more polished, more together, more colorful, more comfortable, and a whole lot less intimidated by the man wielding the baton. Where Toscanini seemed to rule the NBC Symphony through a combination of fear, fury, and disdain, he seemed to enjoy his almost collegial relationship with the Philadelphia and the handful of recordings he made with them are far easier to listen to than the plethora of recordings he made with the NBC. In these performances, there's amazing energy in Schubert's "C major Symphony," incredible drama in Strauss' "Tod und Verklärung," tremendous beauty in Debussy's "La Mer" and "Iberia," fabulous colors in Respighi's "Feste romane," evanescent light in the "Queen Mab Scherzo" from Berlioz's "Roméo et Juliette Symphony," elfin grace in the incidental music to Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night's Dream," and abysmal despair in Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique Symphony." Surely among the very greatest performances in Toscanini's recorded career, this three-disc set belongs in any comprehensive collection of the Italian conductor's work. RCA's remastered sound is clean and direct and lacking only depth and immediacy.

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Newark Star-Ledger - Bradley Bambarger
Thanks to restoration engineer Andreas Meyer, this features the best sound that fans of these recordings have ever enjoyed.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2006
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0886970233125
catalogNumber:
702331

Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 9 in C major ("The Great"), D. 944  - Franz Schubert  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak  - Arturo Toscanini  - Allan Steckler
  2. Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 24 (TrV 158)  - Richard Strauss  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak  - Arturo Toscanini  - Allan Steckler
  3. La Mer, symphonic sketches (3) for orchestra, L. 109  - Claude Debussy  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak  - Arturo Toscanini  - Allan Steckler
  4. Ibéria, for orchestra, L. 122/2  - Claude Debussy  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak  - Arturo Toscanini  - Allan Steckler
  5. Feste romane (Roman Festivals), symphonic poem, P. 157  - Ottorino Respighi  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak  - Arturo Toscanini  - Allan Steckler
  6. Roméo et Juliette, for alto, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra ("symphonie dramatique"), H.79 (Op. 17): Scherzo "Queen Mab"  - Hector Berlioz  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak  - Arturo Toscanini  - Allan Steckler
  7. A Midsummer Night's Dream, overture, Op. 21  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Edwina Eustis  - Florence Kirk  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak  - Arturo Toscanini  -  University of Pennsylvania Women's Glee Club  - Allan Steckler
  8. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Intermezzo  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Edwina Eustis  - Florence Kirk  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak  - Arturo Toscanini  -  University of Pennsylvania Women's Glee Club  - Allan Steckler
  9. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Nocturne  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Edwina Eustis  - Florence Kirk  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak  - Arturo Toscanini  -  University of Pennsylvania Women's Glee Club  - Allan Steckler
  10. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Song with Chorus  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Edwina Eustis  - Florence Kirk  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak  - Arturo Toscanini  -  University of Pennsylvania Women's Glee Club  - Allan Steckler
  11. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Wedding March  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Edwina Eustis  - Florence Kirk  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak  - Arturo Toscanini  -  University of Pennsylvania Women's Glee Club  - Allan Steckler
  12. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Scherzo  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Edwina Eustis  - Florence Kirk  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak  - Arturo Toscanini  -  University of Pennsylvania Women's Glee Club  - Allan Steckler
  13. A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: Melodrama & Finale  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Edwina Eustis  - Florence Kirk  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak  - Arturo Toscanini  -  University of Pennsylvania Women's Glee Club  - Allan Steckler
  14. Symphony No. 6 in B minor ("Pathétique"), Op.74  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  Philadelphia Orchestra  - Roxanne Slimak  - Arturo Toscanini  - Allan Steckler

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