Arturo Toscanini conducts Beethoven

Release Date: 12/6/2019
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: 19075964772
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Number of Discs: 6

Physical Format:

CD
Backorder
$23.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews

The commitment from conductor and orchestra alike is total. This shines through in these incandescent performances. One recalls the Toscanini quote "Is not Napoleon. Is not Eroica. Is Allegro con brio." These are pure performances defined clearly by the scores and nothing else.

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of his birth, Sony Music Entertainment presents four major reissues devoted to Ludwig van Beethoven in its series of Classical Masters. Among the treasures in these new budget-priced sets are the complete symphonies, string quartets and violin sonatas performed by illustrious musicians of the past century.

Between 1949 and 1952, in his mid-80s, Arturo Toscanini conducted his hand-picked NBC Symphony Orchestra in the 9 Symphonies, with RCA Victor’s microphones (mostly in Carnegie Hall) capturing the legendary maestro’s final thoughts on the great works. These taut, unflaggingly energetic performances have never sounded better than in Sony Classical’s latest remastering. From the same period comes Beethoven’s Missa solemnis. When it was released in 1953, one of the reviewers in the UK’s Record Guide wrote that “for sheer incandescence and drama the performance can seldom have been equaled”, and later a Gramophone critic called it “indispensable”, declaring that “the strivings for effects almost beyond the power of even music to express, the visionary, the serene components of the massive work are all incomparably expressed in Toscanini’s reading”.

-----

Excerpt of review of earlier CD release of this set; NLA.

These definitive performances have been in and out of the catalog intermittently since the 1950s; more in than out, I am pleased to say.

Toscanini was well known for his strict adherence to the composer’s instructions. Although academic research has opened our senses to Beethoven’s tempo markings, many of these are almost met in the present very fine performances.

The commitment from conductor and orchestra alike is total. This shines through in these incandescent performances. One recalls the Toscanini quote "Is not Napoleon. Is not Eroica. Is Allegro con brio." These are pure performances defined clearly by the scores and nothing else.

– MusicWeb International (2004)

Works on This Recording
1. Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1800 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1801-1802 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1803 ; Vienna, Austria
4. Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1806 ; Vienna, Austria
5. Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1807-1808 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1808 ;
7. Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1811-1812 ; Vienna, Austria
8. Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1812 ; Vienna, Austria
9. Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Norman Scott (Bass), Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano), Eileen Farrell (Soprano), Jan Peerce (Tenor)
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Classical
Written: 1822-1824 ; Vienna, Austria
10. Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Norman Scott (Bass), Eileen Farrell (Soprano), Jan Peerce (Tenor), Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Period: Classical
Written: 1822-1824 ; Vienna, Austria
11. Egmont, Op. 84: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra/Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1810 ; Vienna, Austria
Customer Reviews