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Toscanini - The Television Concerts 1948-52 Vol. 1 - Wagner, Beethoven

Toscanini / Wagner / Beethoven / Nbc Sym Orch
Release Date: 02/14/2006 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1003  
Composer:  Richard WagnerLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Norman ScottAnne McKnightJane HobsonErwin Dillon
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony OrchestraCollegiate Chorale
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The consistently powerful 1948 Wagner broadcast finds Toscanini in absolutely firm control from beginning to end. And even beyond the extraordinary power of the “big moments” (shall we say), the “Forest Murmurs” are noteworthy for their clarity of interpretive focus and intent (no random meandering here). In the Beethoven Ninth, the first movement is marked by an unflagging and steadily increasing intensity (though some might find it too hard-driven). Personally it’s the Andante that I find ultimately unyielding, but this is still a performance of great force and conviction, one that allows us to see Toscanini again in absolutely firm control of his forces, here in the context of a large-scale orchestral work at that."
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
2.
Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
3.
Siegfried: Forest Murmurs [Instrumental] by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
4.
Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
5.
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
6.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Norman Scott (Bass), Anne McKnight (Soprano), Jane Hobson (Mezzo Soprano),
Erwin Dillon (Tenor)
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Collegiate Chorale
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 

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