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  • Toscanini: Musician of Conscience | Harvey Sachs

    Toscanini: Musician of Conscience

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Harvey Sachs
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
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    During a 68-year career, conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) was famed for his fierce dedication, photographic memory, explosive temper, and impassioned performances. At various times he dominated La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the NBC Symphony, and the Bayreuth, Salzburg, and Lucerne festivals. His reforms influenced generations of musicians, and his opposition to Nazism and fascism made him a model for artists of conscience.

  • The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824 | Harvey Sachs

    The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harvey Sachs
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
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    The Ninth Symphony, a symbol of freedom and joy, was Beethoven’s mightiest attempt to help humanity find its way from darkness to light, from chaos to peace. Yet the work was born in a repressive era, with terrified Bourbons, Hapsburgs, and Romanovs using every means at their disposal to squelch populist rumblings in the wake of the French Revolution and Napoleon’s wars.

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