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Arturo Toscanini (1867–1957)

Arturo Toscanini was the most celebrated conductor of his time, considered by many to be the greatest conductor of the twentieth century. He revolutionized musical interpretation by frequently insisting that his orchestras play the music exactly as written, a highly unusual practice in the nineteenth century, when Toscanini began his career. He ... See full bio »

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 2012 Orchestra of Exiles (Documentary) (performer: "Symphony No. 2, in D, Op. 73: I. Allegro Non Troppo")
 2004 The Ninth (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "9th Symphony")
 1993 Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (performer: "Prelude from Tristan und Isolde")
 1982 Poltergeist (arranger: "The Star-Spangled Banner" (1814) - uncredited)
 1973 Blume in Love (performer: "Liebestod")
 1956 The Huntley-Brinkley Report (TV Series) (performer: "Symphony No. 9 (Second Movement)")
 1952 Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 9 - Beethoven: Symphony No. 5/Respighi: The Pines of Rome (TV Special documentary) (performer: "Symphony No. 5", "The Pines of Rome")
 1952 Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 8 - Music of Franck, Sibelius, Debussy and Rossini (TV Special) (performer: "Symphonic Interlude", "En Saga", "Two Nocturnes", "William Tell Overture")
 1951 Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 7 - Music of Wagner (TV Movie) (performer: "Lohengrin: Act I Prelude", "Forest Murmurs" from "Siegfried", "Prelude and Liebestod", "Siegfried's Death and Funeral Music", "Ride of the Valkyries")
 1949 Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 5 - Verdi: Aida (TV Movie) (performer: "Aida" (complete opera))
 1948 Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 4 - Music of Mozart, Dvorak and Wagner (TV Special documentary) (performer: "Symphony No. 40 in G Minor", "Symphonic Variations", "Overture to 'Tannhauser'")
 1948 Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 2 - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (TV Special) (performer: "Symphony No. 9 in D Minor")
 1948 Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 1 - Music of Wagner (TV Special documentary) (performer: "Lohengrin: Prelude to Act III", "Tannhauser: Overture and Bacchanale", "Forest Murmurs", "Dawn", "Siegfried's Rhine Journey", "Ride of the Valkyries")
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His radio performances of operas performed in concert, all eventually made available on LP and CD, include Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio", Giacomo Puccini's "La Boheme" (the only instance of a recorded Puccini opera conducted by its *original* conductor 50 years after its world premiere) and Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata", "... See more »

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"If you want to please only the critics, don't play too loud, too soft, too fast and too slow". See more »


Toscanini was a perfectionist, and he was notorious for refusing to approve the release of recordings that he had made which he felt weren't good enough. Because of this, he officially approved only one of his recordings of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, although he had recorded it four times previously. The finally approved version was a 1952 LP recording made by RCA Victor, in the studio, without ... See more »

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