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“The Ninth symphony,” said the Mayor [of New York], "is about the greatest piece of music ever written. It is a sort of spiritual and musical compound, a sedative, a vitamin, a tonic and a stimulant. Folks, as the opening bars start, you relax. As it unfolds, you reach out and hold your wife’s hand.” - NY Times, 24 Sept.1945
Exactly 75 years after its Carnegie Hall performance, here's the first release of this superb live performance of Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Leonore 2 Overture, with soloists Norma Andreotti, Nan Merriman, Jan Peerce and Lorenzo Alvary. A very special release for Beethoven's 250th birthday year!