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Toscanini: Christmas Day 1937 & Farewell Concert 1954

Album Summary

>Word, Spoken : Opening Announcement
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in D minor ("L'estro armonico" no 11), Op. 3/11,
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
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Notes & Reviews:

This 2-cd set contains the first Christmas Day concert conducted by Toscanini on December 25, 1937 coupled with his farewell concert in Carnegie Hall on April 4, 1954 - arguably the two most significant concerts Toscanini gave in his entire career.

MusicWeb International
The quality of the music making is high and I don't think one would discern, simply from listening, that the conductor's powers were waning. He leads a distinguished performance of the timeless Lohengrin Prelude and distils excellent atmosphere in 'Forest Murmurs'...Toscanini's very last performance was a fine one.



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Works Details

>Word, Spoken : Opening Announcement
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in D minor ("L'estro armonico" no 11), Op. 3/11,
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1711

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 22 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1788

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 41 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1855-1876

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Prelude 1
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1848

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried :: Forest murmurs
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Overture and Bacchanale (Paris version)
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 25 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1843-1865

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :: Prelude 1
  • Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1862-1867