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Stokowski's Brahms Cycle Completed: Symphonies 2 & 4

Stokowski's Brahms Cycle Completed: Symphonies 2 & 4

Thursday 18th April, was Leopold Stokowski's 137th birthday. Two years ago, to mark the conductor's 135th birthday, and the 40th anniversary of his...

Toscanini's 1939 Beethoven Cycle Completed

Toscanini's 1939 Beethoven Cycle Completed

"The Ninth symphony, given with the assisting quartet of Jarmila Novotna, Kerstin Thorborg, Jan Peerce and Nicola Moscona, was of course the capsto...

KOUSSEVITZKY conducts Barber, Honegger, Sibelius

KOUSSEVITZKY conducts Barber, Honegger, Sibelius

Serge Koussevitzky's Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts were not broadcast during the 1948-9 season and all these recordings were ‘bootlegs’ made b...

Toscanini's 1939 Beethoven Cycle, Part 5

Toscanini's 1939 Beethoven Cycle, Part 5

"The fifth broadcast concert of Toscanini’s Beethoven cycle with the NBC Symphony Orchestra took place last night at Radio City. Of the master’s ph...

Fabien Sevitzky in Indianapolis

Fabien Sevitzky in Indianapolis

"Fabien Sevitzky appears to have been an excellent conductor, eminently deserving of renewed attention. In these performances he imposes tight orch...

Toscanini's 1939 Beethoven Cycle, Pt. 4

Toscanini's 1939 Beethoven Cycle, Pt. 4

"Mr. Toscanini would probably agree with the Arabian philosopher who discovered in a small ring the reflection of the completeness of the universe....

Giulini in Boston, 1962

Giulini in Boston, 1962

This week we have something very special and unusual for you. The Italian conductor Carlo Maria Giulini only paid three visits to Boston as guest c...

Toscanini's 1939 Beethoven Cycle, Pt. 3

Toscanini's 1939 Beethoven Cycle, Pt. 3

"When Beethoven’s “Pastoral” is played with the beauty, clearness and meticulous finish of phrase that Mr. Toscanini bestows upon it there is a new...

Alexander Brailowsky plays Liszt et al

Alexander Brailowsky plays Liszt et al

Regarded by many at the time of his greatest success as something of a gallant heart-throb specialising in the complete works of Chopin, Alexander ...

Heifetz - Rare & Unheard Concerto Recordings

Heifetz - Rare & Unheard Concerto Recordings

Jascha Heifetz gave the US première of Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 in 1937 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Serge Koussevitzky and th...

Toscanini's 1939 Beethoven Cycle, Pt. 2

Toscanini's 1939 Beethoven Cycle, Pt. 2

"There is no end to the marvel of music as familiar as Beethoven’s Second and Fourth Symphonies and the third “Leonore” overture, which Mr. Toscani...

BEECHAM conducts the Berlioz Requiem

BEECHAM conducts the Berlioz Requiem

"Berlioz’s astonishing Requiem is a work very dear to the heart of Sir Thomas Beecham. He has in any case a special sympathy for the mixture of pas...