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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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Awham Alhoub Soundtrack
(1970)
Blume in Love Soundtrack
(1973)
Der Rosenkönig Music Department
(1986)

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 2012 Orchestra of Exiles (Documentary) (performer: "Symphony No. 2, in D, Op. 73: I. Allegro Non Troppo")
 2008 Nuit de chien (performer: "MISSA SOLEMNIS, OP. 123", "VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D, OP. 61")
 2006 Hommage an Ludwig van Beethoven (Video) (performer: "Missa Solemnis op. 123 - Gloria", "Missa Solemnis op. 123 - Sanctus", "Missa Solemnis op. 123 - Agnus Dei")
 2004 La neuvième (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")
 1970 Awham Alhoub (performer: "Richard Wagner: Prologue Dammerung & Siegfried's Rhein-Reise")
 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")
 1931 Study No. 8 (Short) (performer: "L'apprenti Sorcier" (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), first half)
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Other Works:

He conducted the world premiere of Samuel Barber's famous "Adagio for Strings" in 1939. See more »

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6 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »
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Personal Quote:

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

Trivia:

Raised orchestral playing standards to new heights. Insisted on playing what was written, but was known to occasionally edit his scores - he cut Tchaikovsky's "Manfred Symphony" to forty-five minutes rather than playing it at its full length of one hour, for example, and he altered the "Waltz of the Flowers" in the "Nutcracker" Suite, changing the harp cadenza and adding an extra musical phrase ... See more »

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