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From The Archives - Arturo Toscanini

Conductors Bruno Walter, Arturo Toscanini, Erich Kleiber, Otto Klemperer and Wilhelm Furtwängler - Berlin 1929

Five of the world’s greatest conductors came together in Berlin, 1929. In the second of five shows paying tribute to these extraordinary musicians we profile Arturo Toscanini, second from the left in the photo. Toscanini was a genius conductor and musician, and also perhaps the first superstar in the mass media of his day. His drive for perfection and his intensely committed performances captivated audiences then and now. In this program, we’ll hear some of his most compelling recordings.

Compositions and Recordings

Procession of the Nobles, by Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov
Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Symphony No. 7, by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arturo Toscanini and the New York Philharmonic

Carmen Suite, by Georges Bizet
Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony

La Forza del Destino Overture, by Giuseppe Verdi
Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony

Frank Byrne is the host of From the Archives on 91.9 Classical KC.
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