Cesare Civetta's new book on Toscanini lets his musicians speak for themselves.
IS THERE A CONDUCTOR today who represents what ARTURO TOSCANINI represented to the American public in the 1930s, '40s and '50s? Possibly JAMES LEVINE, and - possibly - RICCARDO MUTI.
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#1 Mar 5, 2013
While an interesting book, it doesn't really bring any new information about Toscanini. The views and comments of the musicians who played under him are interesting and help flesh out the man.
There is another book; "Toscanini in Britain" by Christopher Dyment which concentrates on Toscanini's activities in England from 1930 to 1952. In addition to an extensive discography of his recording activities in England, it also sheds much light on the behind the scenes machinations involved in getting him to come to England and the problems in making recordings. While there have been more than a dozen books about Toscanini's activities in America, this is the first to explore his activities in Britain during the pre-WW-II years.
Both of these books are highly recommended.
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