Toscanini Collection, Vol.71

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Toscanini Collection, Vol.71

  • Symphony No. 1, Adagio Allegro molto e vivace
  • Symphony No. 5, Allegro
  • (La) Damnation de Faust, ~, Hungarian March
  • (L')Arlésienne - Suites, Farandole
  • Carmen, Entr'acte, Act 4 (Aragonaise)
  • Don Pasquale, Overture
  • Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, 'Ancient Airs and, ~, Gaglaiarda (V. Galilei)
  • Suite No. 4, 'Scènes pittoresques', Fête bohème
  • (A) Midsummer Night's Dream, Scherzo (Entr'acte to Act 2)
  • (A) Midsummer Night's Dream, Wedding March (Entr'acte to Act 5)
  • Symphony No. 39, Menuetto
  • Symphony No. 39, Allegro
  • (La) Pisanelle, Le quai du porte de Famagouste
  • (Il) Segreto di Susanna, 'Susanna's Secret'

Acoustically recorded, these first-ever Toscanini recordings are inevitably muted examples of the great conductor in his early fifties, half-way through his career. The transfer engineers have equalized the originals to make them sound like electrical recordings, with a resulting loss of clarity and unnecessary distortion. It would have been better to get as much information as possible out of the original recording characteristics. With patience this disc still yields much information and gives pleasure, and several of the items were not recorded again by Toscanini. '

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