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Toscanini: The FInal New York Philharmonic Concert, 1945

"There was the same interpretive wisdom and imperious command; the same exalted sense of beauty and capacity for the revelation of the uttermost reaches of a composer's thought. Also it was recognized that now, as then, Mr. Toscanini has a place among the great orchestral interpreters which is entirely his own, and that the orchestra which sounded so wonderfully when he made his initial appearances sounds as remarkably under his baton today."
- New York Times

Nineteen years almost to the day after his first appearance with the orchestra, Toscanini took to the stage with the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York for the last time in a benefit concert on 13 January 1945., The programme that night was the same one that he'd conducted on his very first appearance there in 1926. The response was rapturous! This release of the full, unbroadcast concert has been XR remastered by Andrew Rose from acetate discs recorded in house at Carnegie Hall.

HAYDN Symphony No.101
RESPIGHI The Pines of Rome
SIBELIUS The Swan of Tuonela
WAGNER Siegfried's Funeral Music
WEBER Euryanthe Overture

Arturo Toscanini, conductor
Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York

Recorded 1945 

PASC454 (79:53)


Del Monaco sings Andrea Chénier

"The music, the singing and the playing are overwhelming in this production ... Warren, playing the revolutionary, Gerard, was the triumphant performer last night, singing with artistry and fervor, and he won a well-deserved ovation from the audience for his role in the tribunal scene. Zinka Milanov sang beautifully, too, as Maddalena, and did a spellbinding job in the duet that closes the opera. As for Del Monaco - well, here is a young tenor with drive and a sure-fire stage personality and he made an exciting Chénier with his strong top tones and decisive acting."
- New York News, opening night review

“This strong-voiced tenor of the brilliant high notes created an atmosphere of such vibrance ... his Chenier seemed indeed the idealistic, amorous and unfortunate young poet of the Revolution”
- Philadelphia Bulletin

Fabulous sound quality from this 1954 live broadcast, with excellent performances: Zinka Milanov is just assuming a role that she would keep until her retirement, and it’s generally quite kind to the soprano; Mario Del Monaco in the title role has all the swagger and gleaming top notes that these verismo operas need; Leonard Warren is an excellent Gerard. Unmissable!

GIORDANO Andrea Chénier

Mario Del Monaco tenor
Zinka Milanov soprano
Leonard Warren baritone
Metropolitan Opera House Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor Fausto Cleva

Live recording, 1954
PACO128 (1hr 48:25)


Verdi - Aïda

"Some of the finest Verdi singing on record"
- MusicWeb International

"No complete version has ever equaled it"
- Fanfare

"Close to perfection as regards Verdian interpretation"
- Gramophone

The classic 1955 Rome recording of Verdi's Aïda has long been regarded as one of the finest operatic recordings ever made, with a cast and conductor who, together, produced "an Aida that towers over the many estimable efforts that followed this milestone into the recorded repertoire" (Fanfare).

These new transfers, from superb original RCA Victor vinyl sources, have been brilliantly XR-remastered by Andrew Rose at Pristine for this release. Never has this masterful performance sounded quite so magnificent!


Zinka Milanov soprano
Fedora Barbieri mezzo-soprano
Jussi Björling tenor
Leonard Warren baritone
Boris Christoff bass
Plinio Clabassi bass
Mario Carlin tenor
Bruna Rizzoli soprano

Rome Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor Jonas Perlea

Recorded in Rome, 1955
PACO127 (2hr 26:44 - 2CDs)

Pristine Classical - what the reviewers say:

These transfers represent such clean, careful, and intelligent work that they still demand to be heard" - Fanfare
"Pristine Audio is to be commended for their stunning remastering" - Classical CD Review
"Recording quality such as could only be dreamed of back then..." - MusicWeb International
"The Pristine sound has a clarity, body, presence and focus..." - International Record Review
"Quite a revelation - they've done an amazing job!" - CD Review, BBC Radio Three
"Studio 8-H is transformed into a free, open space, as beautifully atmospheric as the originals were dead" - Classical Recordings Quarterly
"The SACD was nice, but next to the Pristine remasterings, the piano was rather wooden-sounding and somewhat opaque..." - Audiophile Audition

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