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Toscanini Conducts Wagner [5-CD Set]

Toscanini,Arturo
Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 541193   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Helen TraubelLauritz Melchior
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

More than fifty years after his death, ARTURO TOSCANINI (1867-1957) still remains one of the world’s most legendary conductors. Wagner always held a special place in the Italian maestro’s long and illustrious career, from his first appearance at La Scala in 1898 conducting Die Meistersinger, to his final appearance in 1954 performing an all-Wagner program. Toscanini Conducts Wagner gathers together on 5 CDs the best of Toscanini’s Wagner performances with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The set features soprano Helen Traubel and tenor Lauritz Melchior and includes new liner notes by noted Toscanini biographer Harvey Sachs. More than fifty years after his death, ARTURO TOSCANINI (1867-1957) still remains one of the world’s most legendary conductors. Wagner always held a special place in the Italian maestro’s long and illustrious career, from his first appearance at La Scala in 1898 conducting Die Meistersinger, to his final appearance in 1954 performing an all-Wagner program. Toscanini Conducts Wagner gathers together on 5 CDs the best of Toscanini’s Wagner performances with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The set features soprano Helen Traubel and tenor Lauritz Melchior and includes new liner notes by noted Toscanini biographer Harvey Sachs. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise "Liebestod" by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/07/1952 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/11/1946 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 17 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
Parsifal: Act 3. Good Friday Spell by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1882; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/22/1949 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 10 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4.
Faust Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/11/1946 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 10 Minutes 53 Secs. 
5.
Siegfried: Forest Murmurs [Instrumental] by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/29/1951 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 8 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6.
Tristan und Isolde: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/07/1952 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 11 Minutes 25 Secs. 
7.
Götterdämmerung: Prologue. Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/07/1952 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 11 Minutes 3 Secs. 
8.
Götterdämmerung: Act 3. Siegfried's Death and Funeral Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/03/1952 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 13 Minutes 27 Secs. 
9.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude Act 1 by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/11/1946 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 9 Minutes 4 Secs. 
10.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude Act 3 by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/26/1951 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 3 Secs. 
11.
Lohengrin: Prelude Act 1 by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/22/1951 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 8 Minutes 44 Secs. 
12.
Lohengrin: Prelude Act 3 by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/22/1951 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
13.
Parsifal: Prelude Act 1 by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1882; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/22/1949 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 15 Minutes 18 Secs. 
14.
Die Walküre: Act 1. Scene 3. Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Helen Traubel (), Lauritz Melchior ()
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1941 
Venue:  NBC Broadcast, Studio 8-H, New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
15.
Die Walküre: Act 1. Scene 3. Der Männer Sippe saß hier im Saal by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (), Helen Traubel ()
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1941 
Venue:  NBC Broadcast, Studio 8-H, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
16.
Die Walküre: Act 1. Scene 3. Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (), Helen Traubel ()
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1941 
Venue:  NBC Broadcast, Studio 8-H, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
17.
Die Walküre: Act 1. Scene 3. Du bist der Lenz, nach dem ich verlangte by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (), Helen Traubel ()
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1941 
Venue:  NBC Broadcast, Studio 8-H, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
18.
Die Walküre: Act 1. Scene 3. Ein Minnetraum gemahnt auch mich by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Helen Traubel (), Lauritz Melchior ()
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1941 
Venue:  NBC Broadcast, Studio 8-H, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
19.
Die Walküre: Act 1. Scene 3. Siegmund heiß ich, und Siegmund bin ich! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (), Helen Traubel ()
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1941 
Venue:  NBC Broadcast, Studio 8-H, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
20.
Götterdämmerung: Prologue. Dawn by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1941 
Venue:  NBC Broadcast, Studio 8-H, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
21.
Götterdämmerung: Prologue. Zu neuen Taten, teurer Helde by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Helen Traubel (), Lauritz Melchior ()
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1941 
Venue:  NBC Broadcast, Studio 8-H, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
22.
Götterdämmerung: Prologue. Willst du mir Minne schenken by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (), Helen Traubel ()
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1941 
Venue:  NBC Broadcast, Studio 8-H, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
23.
Götterdämmerung: Prologue. O heilige Götter by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Lauritz Melchior (), Helen Traubel ()
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1941 
Venue:  NBC Broadcast, Studio 8-H, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
24.
Götterdämmerung: Prologue. Siegfried's Rhine Journey by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1941 
Venue:  NBC Broadcast, Studio 8-H, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
25.
Götterdämmerung: Act 3. Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Helen Traubel ()
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/24/1941 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
26.
Götterdämmerung: Act 3. Wie Sonne lauter strahlt mir sein Licht by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Helen Traubel ()
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/24/1941 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
27.
Götterdämmerung: Act 3. Mein Erbe nun nehm ich zu eigen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Helen Traubel ()
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/24/1941 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
28.
Götterdämmerung: Act 3. Fliegt heim, ihr Raben! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Helen Traubel ()
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/24/1941 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
29.
Götterdämmerung: Act 3. Grane, mein Ross, sei mir gegrüßt! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Helen Traubel ()
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/24/1941 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
30.
Tannhäuser: Act 1 (Paris version). Overture - Venusberg Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1865; Germany 
Venue:  NBC Broadcast 
Length: 24 Minutes 13 Secs. 
31.
Die Walküre: Act 3. The Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/03/1952 
Venue:  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 a fabulous Wagner conductor April 26, 2013 By David Landau (San Francisco, CA) See All My Reviews "This is magisterial playing. I was not a special fan of Toscanini's conducting until I encountered him in Wagner. I think Wagner's music had the salutary effect of humbling Toscanini by keeping him on best behavior off his home ground. He could not claim to own this music, as he could Verdi's or Puccini's. His Wagner interpretations are marvelously clean and lithe. Also, the RCA recordings captured a very handsome sound. I have not heard this set per se, but I have the prior issues of the RCA discs. If you're already a fan of the maestro's, you're going to be elated. If not, you have a pleasant surprise in store." Report Abuse
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