TOSCANINI Symphony of the Air: All-Wagner Programme (1946) - PASC091

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TOSCANINI Symphony of the Air: All-Wagner Programme (1946) - PASC091

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Overview

WAGNER Tannhäuser: Prelude to Act III (Original version)
WAGNER Seigfried Idyll
WAGNER Götterdammerüng: Dawn and Rhine Journey
WAGNER Die Meistersinger: Prelude, Act 1

Recorded live in 1946
Total duration: 53:19

NBC Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Arturo Toscanini 

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Pristine Audio has recently received a generous donation of reel to reel tapes containing a number of recordings prepared from original source material for a British collector by Walter Toscanini, son of the Maestro, and taken from the Toscanini archive. Included amongst these are a number of fine and usually complete recordings from the NBC Symphony of the Air series.

We are presenting these recordings in their entirety as recorded, preserving all announcements and applause as broadcast. In some cases there was an interval talk which was not included in our tapes - we have not attempted to source these.

It appears that the original sources for these recordings would have been 33rpm acetate or vinylite radio transcription discs. Surface noise is usually consistent with this, though occasionally there is the suggestion of 78rpm surface swish as well. However, in each case the original sound quality of the orchestra is superb, and it has been a delight for the restorer to work from such excellent quality, full frequency range recordings.


This concert features an all-Wagner programme of orchestral highlights. Note that Toscanini conducts the original long version (the "Dresden" version) of the Prelude to Act III in Tannhäuser, as heard at the work's première in Dresden in 1845, and eventually published in 1860. It was later substantially cut down for the more commonly played "Paris" version of the opera, produced in 1861 - though it should be noted that further relatively minor changes were made by Wagner for a "Vienna" version of 1875, which is now most usually played, though still referred to as the Paris version.

WAGNER Tannhäuser: Prelude to Act III (Original version)
WAGNER Seigfried Idyll
WAGNER Götterdammerüng: Dawn and Rhine Journey
WAGNER Die Meistersinger: Prelude, Act 1

NBC Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Arturo Toscanini

Live NBC broadcast from Studio 8H, New York:
Recorded 6th January, 1946

Presented as broadcast, with studio announcements by Ben Grauer
Pristine Audio XR remastering by Andrew Rose, August 2007

Total duration: 53:19