The Immortal Toscanini, Vol. 2--Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5, 6, 7 & 8
|1. Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67: Allegro con brio|
|2. Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67: Andante con moto|
|3. Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67: Allegro|
|4. Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67: Allegro|
|5. Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 - Pastorale: Happy Feelings Aroused On Arriving In The Country|
|6. Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 - Pastorale: Scene By The Brook|
|7. Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 - Pastorale: Peasant's Merry - Making|
|8. Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 - Pastorale: Thunderstorm|
|9. Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 - Pastorale: Shepherds's Song: Joyous Thanksgiving After The Storm|
|1. Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92: Poco sostenuto - Vivace|
|2. Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92: Allegretto|
|3. Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92: Presto - Assai meno presto - Presto|
|4. Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92: Allegro con brio|
|5. Sympnony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93: Allegro vivace e con brio|
|6. Sympnony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93: Allegretto scherzando|
|7. Sympnony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93: Tempo di Menuetto|
|8. Sympnony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93: Allegro vivace|
Arturo Toscanini ~ Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5-8
Top Customer Reviews
but why did toscanini make such concentrated efforts to destroy these fellow conductors?
perhaps because toscanini was merely show. he hadnt even an iota of the artistry that the afore mnetioned possessed.
even toscaninis repertoire was limited. beethoven,brahms, the italians, and little else. and what he did conduct was normally lifeless. his recordings are dry and thats the way he preferred them.
both mahler and stokowski favored newer composers and that was another issue toscanini was at odds with.
toscanini preferred hanging onto the past and so americans, who also resist change,clung to him like moronic disciples.
could toscanini ever record anything like furtwanglers tristan? and could he give it the intensity, spirituality and passion that furtwangler did?
his recordings bear out that he simply wasnt that deep.
could toscanini challenge himself or listeners by givivng an unbridled perfromance of the challenging scriabin like stokowski did?
again, the answer is in evidence before us.
toscanini was the genesis of americas group of 'classical fundamnetalists' and in effect he and his followers have virtually killed the artform.
it really wasnt long ago when stravinsky and debussy were the rage. living composers exciting the world. who do we have today?
no one. the well is dry.
the blame can be laid at this violent, musical idiots feet.Read more ›
This reissue of Beethoven's last four great symphonies before the monumental ninth are among Toscanini's best. The fifth symphony is crisp and clean, the trademark Toscanini style (everyone talks about Stokowski's "Philadelphia Sound" or rather "Stokowski Sound," but what about the "Toscanini Sound?"). It is probably not the best of his numerous Symph. 5 recordings, but it is still very good. The climactic section in the coda leading to the four note heavy segment is hair-raising (the descending eigth note line in the violins into the driving four note phrases). His tempos are superb and closer to the proper tempo as compared to most maestri of the day. The second movement is quite lilting, lyrical, yet with an air of majesty and nobility. The third movement scherzo continues the sound of majesty and the transition into the finale is not only powerful, but right on target to Beethoven's original tempo marking (from 96 to 84).Read more ›
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I was skeptical when these new CDs were issued. My thoughts were that the early 1990s Complete Toscanini reissue was probably the best that could be humanly done to restore the... Read morePublished on July 17 2001 by Hank Drake
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