Toscanini conducts Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies
 
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Toscanini conducts Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies

Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
20 Dec 2009

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Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21: I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
8:18
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Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21: II. Andante cantabile con moto Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
6:19
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Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21: III. Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
3:21
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Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21: IV. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
5:38
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Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
9:19
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Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: II. Larghetto Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
9:58
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Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: III. Scherzo: Allegro Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
3:16
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Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: IV. Allegro molto Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
6:00
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Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 'Eroica': I. Allegro con brio Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
13:31
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Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 'Eroica': II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
15:42
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Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 'Eroica': III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
5:33
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Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 'Eroica': IV. Finale: Allegro molto Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
11:09
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Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60: I. Adagio - Allegro vivace Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
9:41
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Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60: II. Adagio Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
8:36
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Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60: III. Allegro vivace Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
4:55
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Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60: IV. Allegro ma non troppo Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
6:50
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Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 'Fate': I. Allegro con brio Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
7:06
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Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 'Fate': II. Andante con moto Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
8:46
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Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 'Fate': III. Allegro Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
4:31
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Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 'Fate': IV. Allegro Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
8:21
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Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 'Pastoral': I. Allegro ma non troppo Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
11:43
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Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 'Pastoral': II. Andante molto mosso Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
11:25
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Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 'Pastoral': III. Allegro Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
4:55
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Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 'Pastoral': IV. Allegro Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
3:31
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Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 'Pastoral': V. Allegretto Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
8:35
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Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: I. Poco postenuto - Vivace Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
11:05
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Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: II. Allegretto Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
7:55
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Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: III. Presto Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
6:55
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Symphony No. 7 in a Major, Op. 92: IV. Allegro con brio Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
6:45
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Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93: I. Allegro vivace e con brio Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
9:21
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Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93: II. Allegretto scherzando Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
3:39
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Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93: III. Tempo di menuetto Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
4:40
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Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93: IV. Allegro vivace Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
7:21
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Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 'Choral': I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
13:28
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Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 'Choral': II. Molto vivace Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
13:07
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Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 'Choral': III. Adagio molto e cantabile Arturo Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
14:19
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Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 'Choral': IV. Presto - Allegro assai - Choral Finale Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Eileen Farrell, Nan Merriman, Jan Peerce, Norman Scott, Robert Shaw Chorus, Robert Shaw
23:11


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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good a deal as it looks 4 Aug 2010
By Peter Biddlecombe TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Obviously these are old recordings (early 1950s) so the sound quality isn't great, but it's mostly perfectly OK. Toscanini is one of the all-time greats, so if you already have the Beethoven symphonies by someone else, this is an interesting comparison. The NBC Symphony was a darned good band too, so there are no problems there. The interpretations are pretty traditional but as far as you can tell, Toscanini knew what he wanted and succeeded in getting it. In the end, you can't ask for much more than that. As noted in one of the other reviews, the tempos are on the quick side, though looking at other recordings for the lengths of movements, other conductors are not always slower. The last movement of the 9th symphony is a case in point - Toscanini does it in 23 minutes - about 5 minutes faster than Bohm or Furtwangler. But it all makes perfectly good musical sense, even to someone who recently had probably his only chance to sing in the chorus so knows it even better than he did from umpteen Proms performances.

If you're not sure about classical music, this is a far better introduction than any of those Classic FM "Even better than the last best ever classical collection" collections of 10-minute snippets, and probably about half the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful intensity and musicianship 20 Dec 2005
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Toscanini was world-famous for his Beethoven and it's nice to be able to revisit it so cheaply! Everything about this set is interesting. The sound is so-so but liveable with and the performances completely transcend it. There are hints of a rather hard-driven approach occasionally (unlike most conductors, Toscanini got faster, not slower, as he grew older), but it is all so compelling that I can live with that.
I remember these performances on LP in the 1950s - 39/11 per symphony for the longer ones ... and now you get the whole lot in cleaner sound for, well, next to nothing really. Not to be resisted!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The one to go for 10 Feb 2011
By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Critical opinion has tended to value the earlier (1939) NBC set over this (1951) set, apparently basing the preference on an an alleged tendency of the older Toscanini to drive things too hard and to be less flexible. But as the booklet accompanying this set amply demonstrates, and listening to both sets can confirm, the matter is not so simple. The booklet compares all known records of Toscanini performances in each symphony and shows amongst other things that speeds varied (rather than simply getting faster as the maestro got older) and that Toscanini was capable of a very different approach in two concerts separated by only a day, while often there is a lot in common between his performances of the works throughout his life.

And listening to this set I cannot agree that things are too driven here. Far from it - these are truly exhilerating performances! There are thrills a plenty and lots of gentler touches, too. And, for what it is worth, the 1939 set was often fairly hard driven itself (in many cases more than the later set). These 1951 accounts are rich and deeply civilised performances and it simply will not do to reduce Toscanini's achievement here to a single tendency. OK, the Pastoral is not particularly successful (a marked contrast to the 1939 set where the Pastoral is a magnificent achievement). And I'm not that taken with the Seventh in this set. But so much of what is here is really and truly special. As a set it is, I suspect, far more reliable and consistent than the earlier set (for all that the earlier set has many wonderful things).

And then the recording quality must come into play. This (1951) set sounds great - it is not modern sound but it is attractive and clear and in no way detracts from our enjoyment of the music.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential. 30 Mar 2009
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Well, one has to have a Toscanini version of those.
I was worried about the hiss, etc., but recordings are very clean indeed.
Now, probably Maestro was at his heights in 1930's rather than 1950's, but recording techniques were not, therefore this version seems to be a very good compromise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Immortal Toscanini 5 May 2013
By Wotan
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Having read all the other reviews there is nothing I can add!! I would certainly support the purchase of this set as it is a unique opportunity to get you hands on a piece of history for the price of a cup of coffee and a slice of cake!!! If you are new to Beethoven (is there anybody out there who is). This set will set your standard notwithstanding the lack of modern, sterile sound. GO GET IT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness for modern technology 5 Feb 2011
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Many thanks to those who have reviewed this item. I remember borrowing LPs of these recordings while at school in Chelmsford (KEGS) in the Beatles era and the sound quality was excruciating to put it mildly but I felt there were wonderful performances in there somewhere. Yes indeed. With the rasp removed one can fully appreciate Toscanini's approach which anticipates the 'authentic' movement with brisk speeds and clean textures. 'Come scritto' does work when as here it is applied with a real sense of poetry. I started with the Pastoral which is not that easy to bring off and found it quite delicious, not a word I would have used in the 60s. The orchestra really on their toes throughout helps. At the price asked for this download do not hesitate. I calculate at less than a Mars bar per symphony. Try comparing that to the price of the original records!
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