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Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) was one of the first conductors that I had heard of. My family had a 78 RPM of him conducting Mozart's Symphony 41 "Jupiter" It also had Bach's Air on a G String". I think that I still have that record somewhere Toscanini was one of the best known conductors. He had a photographic memory. His son-in -law was Russian Jewish Pianist Vladimir Horowitz ( 1903-1989) Horowitz did make some recordings with him.
Toscanini was born in the Italian city of Parma. he studied cello at the local conservatory (music school) . At the age of 19 he was allowed to conduct as a fill in. he conducted from memory and amazed audiences. He conducted the New York Philharmonic from 1928-36 and had been the director of the prestigious La Scala opera house in Milan from 1898-1908 and again from 1921-1029. The NBC Symphony Orchestra was created for him in 1936. He was the first non German to conduct at the Bayreuth festival in Germany which performed Wagner's operas. he was a noted interpreter of Wagner. He also conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in the 1940's and made some recordings with the orchestra.
je was a strong Anti-Fascist and stayed put of Italy until after World War ll. he also was an advocate of music of Italian composers. he had conducted Puccini's operas.
He made his first recordings in 1920. Most of his recordings were made on the RCA label. Some with EMI. RCA has released most of his recording on CD in a series which is still available. he was a good interpreter of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Puccini Tchaikovsky and Wagner. He was not as much in to Bach.