Fourth Movement: Finale: Allegro Assai. Haydn . Symphony No. 94, In G ("Surprise"). B1. – First Movement: Adagio Cantabile; Vivace Assai. Fourth Movement: Allegro Di Molto. Conductor – Arturo Toscanini. Liner Notes – Irving Kolodin. Orchestra – NBC Symphony Orchestra. Matrix, Runout (Label side A): E3RP-5394.
The Symphony No. 3 in E♭ major, Op. 55, (also Italian Sinfonia Eroica, Heroic Symphony) is a symphony in four movements by Ludwig van Beethoven. One of the composer's most celebrated works, the Eroica symphony is a large-scale composition that marked the beginning of Beethoven's creative middle-period.
This Surprise Symphony is light, pleasant and completely forgettable. The surprise refers to a sudden fortissimo chord in the quiet beginning of the second movement. This was apparently considered original circa 1791. This is quite important in the 40th symphony which easily ranks as one of Mozart’s most shattering works. Toscanini’s typically athletic approach adds a whole new dimension to the impetuous outer movements. He does take the inner ones faster than is customary today, but neither the wistful Andante nor the sinister Menuetto (almost Scherzo!) is any the worse for that. No doubt one of the most precious objects in Toscanini’s possession was an autographed photo of Dvorak sent to him by the composer as a token of gratitude for giving the Italian premiere of Symphonic Variations.
Arturo Toscanini Collection, Vol. 12: Haydn - Symphonies Nos. 88 & 98, No. 94 "Surprise".
Arturo Toscanini & The NBC Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven - Symphoy No 9 in D Minor - 1 Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso (13:35) Arturo Toscanini & The NBC Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven - Symphoy No 9 in D Minor - 2 Molto vivace (13:16) Arturo Toscanini & The NBC Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven - Symphoy No 9 in D Minor - 3 Adagio molto e cantabile; Andante mo. 14:25) Arturo Toscanini & The NBC Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven - Symphoy No 9 in D Minor - 4 Presto; Allegro assai (23:25). Vo. 7 - Brahms - Symphony No 2 ; Variations de Haydn ; Ouverture tragique Classical MP3 CBR 320 kbps 160 Mb Label: RCA Red Seal Release Year: 2012
Arturo Toscanini was an Italian conductor. He was one of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 19th and 20th century. Toscanini was a prolific recording artist, having conducted many recordings from 1920 until his retirement in 1954. Toscanini's interpretation of Brahms's First Symphony in the context of others' (28-33). Mortimer Frank's Arturo Toscanini: The NBC Years (2002) contains an extensive discography as 'Appendix 8'. It is already a little dated, but it is still very useful. In addition to all discs from RCA's Toscanini Collection (Gold Seal) and The Immortal (Red Seal), many important broadcasts issued by Naxos, Music and Arts, Testament and others are also included.
Eduard van Beinum, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - The Surprise Symphony No. 94 in G Major, Third Movement: Minuetto (Allegro Molto) and Trio 04:54. Eduard van Beinum, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Вольфганг Амадей Моцарт - Symphony No. 33 in B Flat Major, K. 319, Second Movement: Andante Moderato 04:33. 319, First Movement: Allegro Assai 06:47
Haydn's "Symphony No. 101," is also called "The Clock" because of its mechanical-sounding tune in the second movement. Toscanini was very selective in conducting a relatively few of the composer's 100-plus symphonies. He clearly enjoyed this work and later included it in NBC broadcast concerts, finally making a commercial recording in one of the NBC studios (not the spacious 8-H) that had particularly dull acoustics. This performance is energetic, enthusiastic, and highly enjoyable.