Notes & Reviews:
Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957), arguably the greatest and most famous conductor in history, was paradoxically one of the most private. He never granted interviews, left diaries or journals of any kind. But during the last years of his life, his son Walter secretly recorded 150 hours of intimate conversations that Toscanini shared with friends and family who visited his home. 'Toscanini: In His Own Words', is based on these tapes which remained vaulted for more than 50 years. Recreated conversations reveal aspects of the Maestro never seen before. Subjects such as his loves, opinions about colleagues, his clashes with Mussolini and Hitler, his personal memories of Verdi, Puccini, Furtwangler, Stokowski, as well as his greatest joys and causes of his endemic sadness are all part of his frank conversation. Interwoven throughout the film are many of Toscanini's greatest musical performances.
Gramophone Magazine, August 2009
"Fans of TV reconstructions will gladly suspend disbelief and for the rest of us there is rare archive footage, showing (for example) the passage of the catafalque at Verdi's funeral and the conductor's own, 52 years later. Jackson's Toscanini is a broken man, inspiring sympathy until he insists that "When I'm working I haven't got time to enjoy. I feel I am going through all the pain and suffering of a woman giving birth".
Run Time: 70 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo (English, French), Dolby Digital 2.0 (German)
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- Conductor: Arturo Toscanini