"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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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)
NBC Symphony Orchestra,
Period: Classical Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria
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