Various Artists: Legendary Virtuoso Performances (red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)


# 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.

Track List:

Side One
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 In C Major “Jupiter“
01 – I. Allegro Vivace
02 – II. Andante Cantabile
03 – III. Menuetto; Trio: Allegretto
04 – IV. Molto Allegro

Side Two
Debussy: La Mer
05 – I. De l’dubo à midi sur la mer
06 – II. Jeux de vagues
07 – III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer

Side Three
Moussorgsky / Horowitz: Pictures at an Exhibition
08 – Promenade / Gnomus / Promenade / The Old Castle / Promenade / Tuileries / Bydlo / Promenade / Ballet Of The Unhatched Chicks / Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle / The Market Place at Limoges / Catacombs / Con Mortuis In Lingua Mortua / The Hut of Baba-Yaga / The Great Gate at Kiev

Side Four
Moussorgsky / Toscanini: Pictures at an Exhibition (orchestrated by Maurice Ravel)
09 – Promenade / Gnomus / Promenade / The Old Castle / Promenade / Tuileries / Bydlo / Promenade / Ballet Of The Unhatched Chicks / Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle / The Market Place at Limoges / Catacombs / Con Mortuis In Lingua Mortua / The Hut of Baba-Yaga / The Great Gate at Kiev

There is 10 seconds of silence between tracks 4 & 5, tracks 7 & 8, and tracks 8 & 9.

You can see a listing of the entire Franklin Mint set here.

From the booklet:

Symphony No. 41 In C Major “Jupiter“
The last and greatest of Mozart’s symphonies – one of such Olympian grandeur that it has deservedly won the name of Jupiter – is by consensus ranked as the supreme musical peak of early Classical era genius. Here, the historic, electrifying Toscanini performance makes the most of both the work’s intricately woven texture and its incomparable dramatic power.

La Mer
Debussy’s spellbinding evocation of the ever-changing sea – now peacefully calm, now stormily agitated – is not only his own major symphonic achievement but that of the whole musical-impressionist movement of which he was the pioneer. Yet La Mer is revealed also as a model of “classical” structural craftsmanship in the memorably taut, lucid and vital performance by Toscanini.

Pictures at an Exhibition
Mussorgsky’s graphic tonal evocation of a walk through the memorial exhibition of his friend Hartmann’s pictures remained relatively obscure until Ravel transmuted the black-and-white piano suite into a kaleidoscopic orchestral showpiece. The ability to hear both original and transcribed versions in close succession – especially in the incomparably bravura recorded performances by Vladimir Horowitz and Arturo Toscanini respectively – throws unexpectedly fascinating new illuminations on each of them.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
– Trans-Fi Audio Reso-Mat
Shure V15VxMR (with Jico stylus)
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface

Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only)

Note: These are unfolded mono recordings. If you want to fold them yourself, feel free.


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30 thoughts on “Various Artists: Legendary Virtuoso Performances (red vinyl, Franklin Mint pressing)

  1. In genere Toscanini non mi entusiasma in modo particolare: trovo che abbia tempi troppo veloci e poca profondità.
    Ma naturalmente questa è solo una mia opinione. Ciò non toglie che rimane comunque uno dei più grandi direttori.

  2. Hi Steve,
    It is great to hear Toscanini and the NBC in good stewro sound, especially from the late 1940’s.
    Enjoyed the Mozart and Mussorgsky immrensely. Just not a nut for Debussy, though he wrote some beautiful stuff.

    Also took a while to figure out their are tw sets of tracks, one in 16/44, the other 24/96. Bravo. My Player put me on to that because it has a lower line space to tell you what is playing..
    Anyway, Thanks for all the Franlin Mint recordings. I’ve taken down all you’ve put up so far.


    • Hi Bob,

      Glad you’re enjoying the FM rips. However, all of the performances in this post are mono – not stereo. This is an unfolded rip – meaning that there are two channels (I have a stereo cartridge, not a mono one).

      To get ‘true’ mono, you would need to fold (or combine) the channels to make a single channel. Personally, I don’t like doing this, as I think it takes some of the ‘air’ out of the recording. Other people prefer it that way. I’d rather present the recording unfolded and leave it up to the person who downloads it. Once it’s done, it can’t be undone.

      As for the 16/44 files, I always include links to both sets of files in my rips. You can download whichever you choose (or both).


      • Steve,
        Thanks for the insightful explanation about the folded/unfolded channels; and the idea of “air” for spacial description is right on.
        Anyway, I like just the way you present it. Thanks. I was a youngster during the days when everyone believed Toscanini was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I loved his work on the radio.

  3. Hi, this is an amazing set. I would LOVE to have the Verdi Requiem with my idol Jussi Björling. I have it on CD of course but it would be great to have it on Vinyl, where the sound often is better. Could you please add it to the list? I have not downloaded any of your rips yet but I sure intend to. And you can count on a donation when the Requiem appears! 😉

  4. How could I have missed it! Thank you! Getting it on the spot! AND giving you a donation. Thanks for all the good work you do, it is really super!

  5. Thank you so much for this. Amazing rips and the sound quality is phenomenal.

    Are there any more postings from this set? Specifically, am looking for the following:

    9AB Thomas Beecham – Scheherezade
    28AB Sir Adrian Boult – The Planets
    34AB Josef Krips – Schubert Symphony no 9
    39AB George Szell – Tchaikovsky Symph no 4
    43A Szell – Mozart Symphony no 40
    43B Beecham – Schubert Symphony no 5
    59AB Walter – Beethoven Symphony no 6
    65AB Monteux – Franck Symphony
    66AB Beecham – Grieg – Peer Gynt
    72AB Toscanini – Beethoven Symphony no 7

    Gosh! That’s a lot. How I really wish the entire set is posted 🙂

    • Hi rhythmic_impulse,

      Thank you for your requests – they’ve been added to the list. In general, I go by the titles with the most requests when posting from the Franklin Mint collection.

      There are quite a few posts from the FM set here already, and I will be posting more as I can. However, I have quite a backlog of things to rip. Donations will always move things to the top of the list…


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