30 November 2011

Rare Toscanini 027 - Salzburg 37 & NY 1945

This fragment from Salzburg Festival is one of the rarest Toscanini documents posted until now.  A shortwave broadcast carefully restored by me, with a lot of work. Pant! Pant! Puf! Puf!

Not only, but the Strauss - in my opinion - is a MUST in the entire history of the recorded music.

Then, his last NYPO concert: again, AT at his best.

MU - Flac

Good news for lovers of acoustic period sopranos!

Birth of a new blog:


Hi Leo, good luck :)

28 November 2011

Cherubini Requiem + Franck - Vittorio Gui

2 rare Vittorio Gui recordings:
very interesting, above all, his Franck orchestration.


"Requiem in do minore per coro e orchestra in occasione dell'anniversario della morte del Re Luigi XVI"
Maestro del coro: Nino Antonellini
Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Roma della RAI
Roma, february 13, 1960.

FRANCK (orch. GUI)
Preludio, Aria e Finale

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Fonit Cetra 78rpm BB25177/8/9 (June 21, 1946)


24 November 2011

The first DSCH 5 by Lenny

Early Leonard Bernstein: live 1945, on the podium of the NYPO. Sea Drift by John Alden Carpenter and Shostakovich Symphony no. 5. - With broadcast announcements.

Did you know these recordings? ;)

Plus a fragment from Mendelssohn 3rd & the famous 1947 studio version of "An American in Paris"

NOTE: according to the NYPO archives Carpenter is conducted by Rodzinsky (see in the comment section)

Flac - MU

21 November 2011

Lalo, Berlioz - Jean Martinon

Two rare LPs (the second is a 10 inch) joined to form a "virtual CD":

Namouna Suites 1 & 2

Namouna Suite No. 1 (24')
I. Prelude
II. Serenade
III. Theme varie
IV. Parade de foire
V. Fete foraine

Namouna Suite No. 2 (15')
I. Danse marocaine
II. Mazurka
III. La Sieste
IV. Pas de Cymbales
V. Presto

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Jean Martinon
(Decca - Studio, 1956)

Les Troyens - orchestral excerpts

Act II - Ballet Music
Act IV - Chasse Royale et Orage (Royal Hunt and Storm)
Act I - Marche Troyenne (Trojan March)

Lamoureux Orchestra
Jean Martinon
(MGM RECORDS - MGM E-127, 10 INCH 33 1/3 RPM. Studio, 1951)

Flac - MU

16 November 2011

Mahler - Symphony no. 1 - London Philharmonic, Adrian Boult (1958)

Terrible cover, but very good (and incredibly neglected!) performance & recording.

Symphony no. 1

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Adrian Boult

Studio - Walthamstow Town Hall, London (1958)
LP Everest 3005

MU - Flac

I have received complaints about some posts for copyright problems:
Probably relate to U.S. laws, since I never intended to provide recordings with less than fifty years. Also in Europe, recently, the expiration period of rights will be soon extended, but the measure should not have retroactive value (until 1960, 61 or 62 = free).
In any case the posts were removed.

14 November 2011

Couperin, Bizet, Saint-Saens - Casadesus NYPO Rodzinski

A "French concert" conducted by Rodzinski in New York.
La Sultane (Overture and Allegro) is presented in the re-orchestration by Darius Milhaud.

Live Recordings - 1944

MU - Flac & Scans

11 November 2011

Bruckner - Mass n. 3 - Celibidache (1958)

Bruckner Mass n. 3 in F major

Suzanne Danco (soprano)
Marga Höffgen (contralto)
Waldemar Kmentt (tenor)
Frederick Guthrie (bass)

(M.o del coro Nino Antonellini)
Coro e Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della Rai

Roma - march 15, 1958 - Live recording

MU - Flac

9 November 2011

Schumann Symphonies 1&4 + Piano Concerto - Keilberth

Really, really special readings of Schumann 1&4 by the young Keilberth.
Fresh, impetuous, full of life and energy.

Robert Schumann

Symphony no. 1 in B flat major op. 38 "Spring" (27:30)
Deutsches Philharmonisches Orchester Prag
78 rpm set Telefunken SK 3832/35
(recording 1942-1943)

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, op. 120 (24:34)
Deutsches Philharmonisches Orchester Prag
78 rpm set Telefunken SK 3255/57
(recording 1942)

Piano Concerto in A minor op. 54 (31:25)
Annie Fischer, piano
WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
(april 28, 1958 - sometimes indicated 1961)

MU - Flac

6 November 2011

Strauss - Burleske - 4 versions


(4) Burleske for Piano & Orchestra in D minor

Cor De Groot, piano
Brussels Radio Symphony Orchestra
Eduard Flipse (1944)

Claudio Arrau, piano
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Désiré Defauw (april 13, 1946)

Fabienne Jacquinot, piano
Philharmonia Orchestra
Anatole Fistoulari (1952)

Jakob Gimpel, piano
NDR Symphony Orchestra
Karl Böhm (october 29, 1956)

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5 November 2011

RT 026 - The Red Cross Concert 1944 - NYPO & NBC - Arturo Toscanini

Hi friends!

I spent ten days WWWW (Without WWW): problems, problems and problems again with my ç@%/ò# Internet provider.

Well, everything (I hope) finally resolved.

Meanwhile I've ripped some cds and prepared some uploads...
Here the first.



Tannhäuser, Overture
Siegfried's Rhine Journey (horn: Albert Stagliano)
Tristan und Isolde, Prelude and Liebestod
Ride Of The Valkyries

intermission: speech of the NY Mayor, Fiorello La Guardia


Rigoletto, Act III

Gilda........ Zinka Milanov
Maddalena.... Nan Merriman
The Duke..... Jan Peerce
Rigoletto.... Leonard Warren
Sparafucile.. Nicola Moscona

Hymn of the Nations
Jan Peerce, tenor

Stars And Stripes Forever

All City High School Chorus
(Peter Wilhousky, choirmaster)
NBC Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic
NY, Madison Square Garden - May 25, 1944


Hymn of the Nations
Jan Peerce, tenor
NBC Symphony Orchestra

NBC, Studio 8H - December 8 & 20, 1943

MU - Flac

Mozart - Requiem - Golovanov

MU - flac & cover