Toscanini in London: The Legendary 1935 Recordings | Music and Arts WHRA6046

Toscanini in London: The Legendary 1935 Recordings


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Label: Music and Arts

Cat No: WHRA6046

Barcode: 5425008378770

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 4

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 12th November 2012



By the autumn of 1934, terms were agreed for Toscanini to conduct four broadcast concerts during the third London Music Festival in June 1935, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1930, trained by Adrian Boult, and widely recognized as Britain's foremost ensemble.

Previous guest conductors included Richard Strauss, Mengelberg and Koussevitzky. Toscanini's son-in-law Vladimir Horowitz had been a soloist with the orchestra and his positive experience had no doubt contributed to the Maestroís decision to accept the invitation.

After the first, long sold-out concert on June 3, the following dayís critics were unanimous in declaring Toscanini to be pre-eminent in his art.

There were four programs, each given twice (with slight changes), and all recorded Ďon specí by HMV. Eventually all works (except a Geminiani concerto, issued here for the first time) were released on LP or CD, but have been unavailable for many years, and are now released in greatly improved sound.

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