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Toscanini / NSO – Respighi: The Pines … The Fountains Of Rome (original US pressing, mono)

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# Composer: Ottorino Respighi
# Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
# Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra
# Vinyl (1953)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 11
# Label: RCA Victor Red Seal | LM-1768
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.23GB), 24-bit/96kHz (618MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (162MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

The definitive recording of these works by a conductor that knew the composer well.

It is mono but it is superb both in performance and reproduction.

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HD-Vinyl (Mono) 24/96 (RCA) Giuseppe Verdi – Falstaff Highlights (Arturo Toscanini)

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Many thanks to our friend Bob – Georgia on my mind 😀
There have been countless recordings of Verdi’s last opera. Many excellent. For example, von Karajan (with Tito Gobbi), Solti (with Geraint Evans), Bernstein (with Fischer-Dieskau), Giulini (with Renato Bruson), and more recently Davis (with Michele Pertusi). And even an English version, Daniel (with Andrew Shore). And they all have their unique qualities.
However, the benchmark remains Toscanini’s recording in 1950 with the NBC Symphony Orchestra on the RCA label. The cast may not be perfect, although Valdengo offers a first-rate interpretation. He also sang Iago in Toscanini’s 1947 NBC broadcast of Verdi’s Otello. Herva Nelli and Nan Merriman , also in that classic recording, reappear here. All the members of the cast perform admirably, and the ensembles, a crucial ingredient in this opera, are most effective. Cloe Elmo, as Mistress Quickly, is especially notable.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Giuseppe Valdengo, Antonio Madasi, Frank Guarrera, Gabor Carelli, John Carmen Rossi, Norman Scott
Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
Vinyl (1950)
Number of discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 1.22 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Toscanini / NSO – Moussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Franck: PsychĂ© and Eros (mono, US pressing)

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# Composers: Modest Moussorgsky, Cesar Franck
# Orchestras: NBC Symphony Orchestra
# Conductors: Arturo Toscanini
# Vinyl (1954)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: RCA Red Seal | LM 1838
# Size: Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.13GB), 24-bit/96kHz (723MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (186MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

There’s no such thing as too many versions of Pictures at an Exhibition, right?

Surprisingly deep bass on this album – timid woofers beware!

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HD-Vinyls Mono 24/96 (RCA) Giuseppe Verdi – Un Ballo In Maschera (Nervi, Peerce, Toscanini)

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Verdi’s “A Masked Ball” was one of seven complete operas that Arturo Toscanini (at that time 87 years old) conducted with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The recording is taken from two NBC broadcast concerts in January 1954 in Carnegie Hall, only a few months before Toscanini announced his retirement. Portions of the recording were taken from remakes in June 1954, also in Carnegie Hall, which proved to be the last recordings Toscanini ever made.

# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Herva Nelli, Jan Peerce, Robert Merrill
# Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
# Vinyl (1954)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# Size: 1.25 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Arturo Toscanini / New York Philharmonic – Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (Franklin Mint pressing, red vinyl)

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# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
# Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
# Vinyl (1936 / 1981)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 72 of 100
# Size: 663MB (24/96) + 164MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

If ever there has been a quintessential musical expression of sheer energy, it is in Beethoven’s unflaggingly dynamic Seventh Symphony. And among all its famous interpreters, surely no one has matched the extraordinary, always tautly controlled drive of Arturo Toscanini at the height of his powers in 1936.

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments or PM me directly.
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Various Artists: Legendary Virtuoso Performances (red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)

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# Composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Claude Debussy, Modest Moussorgsky
# Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
# Performers: NBC Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Horowitz
# Vinyl (1945/46 | 1950 | 1947 | 1953)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14, DR 14, DR 12
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Records 45 and 46 of 100
# Size: 2.17GB (24/96) + 552MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF, FP

Each of the library cases in this 100LP collection has a title or theme to it. Volume 45 & 46 is entitled “Legendary Virtuoso Performances”. Three of the performances (Mozart: Symphony No. 41 In C Major “Jupiter”, Debussy: La Mer, and Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition) are by Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The other is a solo performance of Pictures at an Exhibition by Vladimir Horowitz.

As always, if anyone has requests for other titles in this set, feel free to add them to the comments. Please include the album numbers from the master list with your requests.

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Dvorak/Toscanini – Symphony #9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (“From the New World”) (red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)

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# Composer: Antonin Dvorak
# Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
# Vinyl (1953 / 1979)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Franklin Mint Record Society – Record 2 of 100
# Size: 767MB (24/96) + 191MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

I had heard/read that this was a dull sounding recording. After listening to it for myself, I found it to be just the opposite. So far, I’ve been very impressed with the quality on these Franklin Mint albums. Grab this one (or one of the others I’ve uploaded) and see if you agree.

If anyone has requests for other titles in this set, please add them to the comments.

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