22 July 2011

Rare Toscanini 023 - The first recordings



Note: please discard the cover included in the rar archive and use this one (for details read FEM message in the comment section)




ARTURO TOSCANINI
The first recordings

Not taken from the Rca included in the Toscanini Collection (vol 71 - harsh remastering, unfortunately) but from other sources, including a La Scala celebrative issue, a Symposium CD and some original 78rpm.

Here the sound is more soft, natural and enjoable (if you've the Rca, you can compare). The Finale from Beethoven 5 is presented in two alternative sources.

In appendix a true rarity: the first recording ever made by the New York Philharmonic.

In 1911, after Mahler's death, the Philharmonic appointed Josef Stransky as his replacement. Stransky led the orchestra until 1923 (from 1922 in cohabitation with his successor Willem Mengelberg): and he made the first recording with the orchestra in 1917. Mahler scholar Henry-Louis de La Grange has described J. Stransky as a "conscientious but uninspiring" leader, who allowed the high performing levels achieved by Mahler to fall.

Anyway, only 6 years after Mahler's death, something still remains in the sound of the Philharmonic? Impossible to say, but a fascinating question.




ARTURO TOSCANINI
ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS 1920-1921


Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
ARTURO TOSCANINI


bonus:

Beethoven Symphony 5 (Andante)
New York Philharmonic
JOSEPH STRANSKY
Studio - january 24, 1917

FLAC
MU

6 comments:

Guido said...

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FEM said...

Caro Guido innanzitutto grazie per i bellissimi upload che fai. Hai ragione sulla qualità migliore di queste registrazioni acustiche. Mi permetto di mandarti la lista corretta, perché ci sono alcune inesattezze, sia nei titoli che nelle date di alcune tracce:
08 Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night Dream No.1 Scherzo (09 mar 1921)
09 Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night Dream No.10 Wedding March (11 mar 1921)
10 Bizet - L'Arlésienne Suite No.2: No.4 Farandole (11 mar 1921)
11 Bizet - Carmen, Prelude to Act IV (Aragonaise) (31 mar 1921)
12 Massenet - Suite No.4 Scenes pittoresques: No.4 Fétes Bohème (31 mar 1921)
13 Wolf-Ferrari - Il segreto di Susanna, Overture (10 mar 21)
14 Pizzetti - La Pisanella: Le Quai du Port de Famagouste (21 dec 20)
delle date sono certo del francese un poco meno.
Grazie ancora!!

Guido said...

Eh, lo sapevo che qualcosa di sbagliato c'era! Grazie per la lista. Sai, raccogliendo da fonti disparate ci si confonde. Farò mente locale e correggerò...

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for Toscanini colletion, great job!
Please, do you have Toscanini's record of Smetana's "Bartered Bride" overture from November 26th, 1938?
Thank you very much.
Jarba, Czech republic

Guido said...

@NEM
Grazie, ho apportato le modifiche alla "copertina".


@Anon Yes, of course...

But I've a lot of material before starting with NBC recordings. It's only a question of order

MarquisSmith said...

any chance of a reupload?