TOSCANINI'S 1939 BEETHOVEN CYCLE. Complete symphonies and selected overtures from the legendary October-December 1939 NBC cycle. CD 1: Symphony No 1 in C Major, Op. 21 & Symphony No 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica" (Studio 8H, 28 Oct. 1939. CD 2: Symphony No 2 in D Major, Op. 36; Symphony No 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60 & Leonore Overture No. 3 (Studio 8H, 4 Nov. 1939). CD 3: Symphony No 6 in F Major, Op. 68 "Pastorale" & Symphony No 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 (Studio 8H, 11 Nov. 1939). CD 4: Egmont Overture & Symphony No 7 in A Major, Op. 92 (Studio 8H, 18 Nov. 1939); Leonore Overture No. 1 & Symphony No 8 in F Major, Op. 93 (Studio 8H, 25 Nov. 1939). CD 5: Leonore Overture No. 2 (Studio 8H, 25 Nov. 1939}; Symphony No 9 in D Minor, Op. 1(Jarmila Novotna, Kerstin Thorborg, Jan Peerce, Nicola Moscona, Westminster Choir, Carnegie Hall, 2 Dec. 1939). New digital transfers by Aaron Z. Snyder using the revolutionary harmonic balancing process. Notes: Christopher Dyment. Total time: 6 hrs 12 min. UPC # 0-17685-12032- 9. Special price: 5 CDs priced as 4!
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BUZZ: Classicalnotes.net states: "In general, the early NBC records are the best. To the exquisite architectural balances and subtle tempo modulations of the [NY Phil & BBC recordings] was added a new feeling of overt drama. This element was abetted by [the] recordings, most of which were made in Studio 8-H (familiar to modern audiences as the site of "Saturday Night Live"), in which the flat, dry, unresonant but clear acoustic lent a thrilling immediacy and presence to the performances."
This cycle was previously available on the Relief and Naxos labels (no longer available); our re-issue is from a new source and is sonically vastly superior to the deleted CDs.