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Arturo Toscanini: Gala Concert 1945

Audio Samples

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no 101 "Clock"
>Respighi, Ottorino : Pines of Rome
>Sibelius, Jean : The Swan of Tuonela, tone poem for orchestra (Lemminkäinen Suite no 3), Op. 22/3
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
>     Act 3. Siegfried's Funeral March
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Euryanthe
>     Overture

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no 101 "Clock"
>Respighi, Ottorino : Pines of Rome
>Sibelius, Jean : The Swan of Tuonela, tone poem for orchestra (Lemminkäinen Suite no 3), Op. 22/3
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Euryanthe
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This historic issue was taken from a gala concert to benefit the Pension Fund given at Carnegie Hall, November 13, 1945, a program that repeated his first ever concert with the Philharmonic on January 5, 1926.

"Toscanini concerts are often preserved in grim sound, so it’s a pleasure to report that Guild has found a clean-sounding source for its release of the Pension Fund Concert with the New York Philharmonic Symphony from November 13th, 1945. As Robert Matthew-Walker points out in his note, the programme is a replica of Toscanini’s first concert with the orchestra in 1929, and it turned out to be the last time he conducted the New York Philharmonic. The programme opens with beautifully characterized Haydn (the ‘Clock’ Symphony) and this is followed by Respighi’s Pines of Rome – by turns sparkling, subtle and gripping here. Toscanini finds infinite sadness in the Swan of Tuonela by Sibelius and gives a searing performance of `Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey’ from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. The concert ends with Weber’s Euryanthe Overture. This is Toscanini at his greatest, working with an orchestra he loved." -International Record Review

"The concert at Carnegie Hall (13 November 1945), Arturo Toscanini conducting, returns to us in a blazing restoration from Guild, a momentous occasion, really, since Toscanini always maintained a deep affection for the ensemble from which he had resigned in 1936... The evening, moreover, turned out to be the last appearance of the Maestro before the New York Philharmonic, and in retrospect we sense a tone of relaxed valediction in the performances, which still retain the manic energy we associate with the feisty music director." -Audiophile Audition

"The musical virtues of this disc are manifold, and even those jaded by the Toscanini Question will find much to enjoy here." -MusicWeb-International

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Carnegie Hall, New York City (11/13/1945).



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Works Details

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no 101 "Clock"
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York
  • Running Time: 26 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1793-1794
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Respighi, Ottorino : Pines of Rome
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York
  • Running Time: 19 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sibelius, Jean : The Swan of Tuonela, tone poem for orchestra (Lemminkäinen Suite no 3), Op. 22/3
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York
  • Running Time: 9 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Act 3. Siegfried's Funeral March
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York
  • Running Time: 12 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Euryanthe :: Overture
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York
  • Running Time: 8 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1822-1823
  • Studio/Live: Live