Wagner, Brahms, Toscanini
Great Conductor's series, Toscanini
Wagner, excerpts from Lohengrin and Gotterdammerung, Siegfried Idyll Brahms, Variations on a theme by Haydn Naxos Historical, www.naxos.com
These recordings were originally done in 1936 at Carnegie Hall in New York City and have been nicely transferred to CD by Mark Obert-Thorn. It's wonderful that we are able to enjoy these very old recordings and useful for performers to see how old tyrants like Toscanini managed things. From the stories that come down to us I'm surprised any musician would play for him at all but it could be that the stories are a little one sided.
Like a lot of people I have a healthy disregard for excerpts and samplers but that sort of thing was quite valid with the old 78s. Someone with a little spare time might like to calculate how many 78s would have been needed to record the whole Ring Cycle. It would be a truckload I would think.
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