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", "...
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To some it is Napoleon; to some it is Alexander the Great; to some it is philosophical struggle. To me it is simply Allegro con Brio. [discussing the first movement of Beethoven's third (Eroica) symphony. Other versions of this quote have Toscanini saying, Some say this is Napoleon; some Hitler; some Mussolini. To me it is simply Allegro Con Brio.]
Was offered numerous honorary doctorate degrees during his lifetime, but declined all of them except for one from Georgetown University. Being Dr. Toscanini meant nothing to him.