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Toscanini Broadcast Legacy - War Bond Concert


Release Date: 12/30/2003 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 2211/12   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan WilliamsJohannes BrahmsGiuseppe MartucciPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,   ... 
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This two-disc set derives from two concerts, one given on October 15, 1938, and the other, featuring the Bach and Haydn items, from a War Bond fund-raiser that took place on April 4, 1942. The Bach "Air on a G String" sounds, well, like the Air on a G String: that is, warmly Romantic and distractingly sensuous. Haydn's "Clock" Symphony was of course a Toscanini specialty, and several recordings exist, all of them excellent--and this one is no exception. The conductor's slashing attacks and take-no-prisoners excitement in the outer movements prefigures the period-instrument movement of today, and anyone who likes this music needs to hear Toscanini's way with it.


However it's the other items that
Read more offer the most interest. On the whole, this Brahms Third Symphony probably is Toscanini's best. Tempos flow naturally and the finale lacks those hideous timpani additions at the outset of the recapitulation; but there's no lack of excitement and the sound is surprisingly clear and full for its provenance. The Vaughan Williams Tallis Fantasia certainly is a Toscanini rarity, and he plays it with complete conviction: it's a warm, broad reading that gets straight to the heart of the music and rises to an impressively sonorous climax.


The two Martucci items sound rather pale and uninteresting today despite all the conductor does to shape them lovingly, while Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet is typically exciting and passionate--but also typically precise. As noted above, the sound quality is perfectly acceptable for its era, and the remastering has been carried out with some care. All told, an excellent collection that Toscanini fans who don't own it already will certainly enjoy.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1938 
2. Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1938 
3. Nocturnes (2), Op. 70: no 1 in G flat major by Giuseppe Martucci
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1938 
Notes: Arranged: Giuseppe Martucci (1901) 
4. Noveletta, Op. 82 no 2 by Giuseppe Martucci
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1938 
Notes: Arranged: Giuseppe Martucci (1907) 
5. Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1938 
6. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/04/1942 
7. Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no 101 "Clock" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1794; London, England 
Date of Recording: 04/04/1942 

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