TOSCANINI CONDUCTS MUSIC FROM RUSSIA

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CD1 (61:50) Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D, Op. 25, Classical Symphony (from the broadcast of 15 Nov. 1947). Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in b, Op. 74, Pathetique (15 Nov. 1947). Glinka: Capriccio brillante on the Jota aragonesa for Orchestra, First Spanish Orchestra (from the broadcast of 28 Feb. 1948).



CD2 (76:42) Tchaikovsky: Manfred (symphony) in b for Orchestra [after Byron], Op. 58 (from the broadcast of 28 Feb. 1948). Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano [orchd. Ravel, 1922] (from the broadcast of 14 Feb. 1948). From recently discovered broadcast transcriptions. In best possible sound. Total Time: 2:18:30 UPC# 017685-11152-5


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Russian music figured in Toscanini's symphonic programs from his very first concert, when on 20 March 1896 he played the Nutcracker Suite with his orchestra at the Teatro Regio, Turin. A year later, also at Turin, he followed this with, if not the first, certainly one of the earliest Italian performances of the Pathetique Symphony, just five years after its premiere. This and Toscanini's Italian premiere of Eugene Onegin at La Scala in April 1900 served Tchaikovsky's cause in Italy, just as Toscanini's US premiere of Boris Godunov at the Metropolitan in March 1913 did much for Mussorgsky's in the New World. Although he followed this up with performances of Boris at La Scala commencing in 1922, other Russian music largely dropped out of sight. For example, after that early Pathetique Tchaikovsky for long disappeared from his concert repertoire; Toscanini found his music in general too emotionally obvious ("I've never had the desire to conduct this Leoncavallo of the classics," he remarked in a 1934 letter) and some of it, such as the Fifth Symphony, too banal ever to touch. Nevertheless, when symphonic music started to dominate Toscanini's music-making in the late 1920s, Russian works began to reappear with greater frequency; so much so that the works here presented from NBC concerts of 1947-48 (taken from recently discovered broadcast transcription discs, and lovingly reprocessed by Maggi Payne) were all repeatedly programmed by him during the New York Philharmonic-NBC Symphony years and were all set down in studio sessions or released in "official?" RCA issues. For the collector, then, the principal interest in this representative cross-section of Toscanini's selective affinity for Russian music will lie in the observable difference of approach disclosed by these performances from the familiar commercial releases. As each was the product of fresh and prolonged study, so every one of them differed, often substantially, from the other; and in the conductor's last years this sometimes led to a greater breadth and relaxation.



TOSCANINI CONDUCTS MUSIC FROM RUSSIA



CD1 (61:50) Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D, Op. 25, Classical Symphony (from the broadcast of 15 Nov. 1947). Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in b, Op. 74, Pathetique (15 Nov. 1947). Glinka: Capriccio brillante on the Jota aragonesa for Orchestra, First Spanish Orchestra (from the broadcast of 28 Feb. 1948).



CD2 (76:42) Tchaikovsky: Manfred (symphony) in b for Orchestra [after Byron], Op. 58 (from the broadcast of 28 Feb. 1948). Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano [orchd. Ravel, 1922] (from the broadcast of 14 Feb. 1948). From recently discovered broadcast transcriptions. In best possible sound. Total Time: 2:18:30 UPC# 017685-11152-5



Disc 1 Sound Clips (MP3):



1. Prokofiev- Symphony No- 1 in D major, Op- 25, Classical I- Allegro - Arturo Toscanini

2. Prokofiev- Symphony No- 1 in D major, Op- 25, Classical II- Larghetto - Arturo Toscanini

3. Prokofiev- Symphony No- 1 in D major, Op- 25, Classical III- Gavotte Non troppo allegro - Arturo Toscanini

4. Prokofiev- Symphony No- 1 in D major, Op- 25, Classical IV- Finale Molto vivace - Arturo Toscanini

5. Tchaikovsky- Symphony No- 6 in B minor, Op- 74, Pathetique I- Adagio - Allegro non troppo - Arturo Toscanini

6. Tchaikovsky- Symphony No- 6 in B minor, Op- 74, Pathetique II- Allegro con gracia - Arturo Toscanini

7. Tchaikovsky- Symphony No- 6 in B minor, Op- 74, Pathetique III- Allegro molto vivace - Arturo Toscanini

8. Tchaikovsky- Symphony No- 6 in B minor, Op- 74, Pathetique IV- Finale Adagio lamentoso - Arturo Toscanini

9. Glinka- Capriccio brillante on the Jota aragonesa, Spanish Overture No- 1 - Arturo Toscanini



Disc 2 Sound Clips (MP3):



1. Tchaikovsky- Manfred, Op- 58 I- Lento lugubre - Moderato con moto - Arturo Toscanini

2. Tchaikovsky- Manfred, Op- 58 II- Vivace con spirito - Arturo Toscanini

3. Tchaikovsky- Manfred, Op- 58 III- Andante con moto - Arturo Toscanini

4. Tchaikovsky- Manfred, Op- 58 IV- Allegro con fuoco - Arturo Toscanini

5. Mussorgsky- Pictures at an Exhibition (orch- M- Ravel) Promenade - Arturo Toscanini

6. Mussorgsky- Pictures at an Exhibition (orch- M- Ravel) I- The Gnome - Arturo Toscanini

7. Mussorgsky- Pictures at an Exhibition (orch- M- Ravel) Promenade - Arturo Toscanini

8. Mussorgsky- Pictures at an Exhibition (orch- M- Ravel) II- The Old Castle - Arturo Toscanini

9. Mussorgsky- Pictures at an Exhibition (orch- M- Ravel) Promenade - Arturo Toscanini

10. Mussorgsky- Pictures at an Exhibition (orch- M- Ravel) III- Tuileries - Arturo Toscanini

11. Mussorgsky- Pictures at an Exhibition (orch- M- Ravel) IV- Bydlo - Arturo Toscanini

12. Mussorgsky- Pictures at an Exhibition (orch- M- Ravel) Promenade - Arturo Toscanini

13. Mussorgsky- Pictures at an Exhibition (orch- M- Ravel) V- Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks - Arturo Toscanini

14. Mussorgsky- Pictures at an Exhibition (orch- M- Ravel) VI- Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle - Arturo Toscanini

15. Mussorgsky- Pictures at an Exhibition (orch- M- Ravel) VII- The Market Place at Limoges - Arturo Toscanini

16. Mussorgsky- Pictures At An Exhibition (Orch- M- Ravel) VIII- Catacombae Sepulchrum Romanum - Arturo Toscanini

17. Mussorgsky- Pictures at an Exhibition (orch- M- Ravel) Cum mortuis in lingua mortua - Arturo Toscanini

18. Mussorgsky- Pictures at an Exhibition (orch- M- Ravel) IX- The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga) - Arturo Toscanini

19. Mussorgsky- Pictures at an Exhibition (orch- M- Ravel) X- The Great Gate of Kiev - Arturo Toscanini

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