06 March 2017
Recording of the week: Toscanini conducts Elgar
This week's selection comes from Kevin Lemonnier, Preservation Audio Engineer.
This is the only known recording in existence of Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro Op. 47. The performance took place during the 1937 London Music Festival and was privately recorded off broadcast, onto a lacquer disc, by audio engineer Kenneth H. Leech (1892-1995).
Portrait of the composer Arturo Toscanini c.1926 (J. Paul Getty Museum)
The audio quality is rather poor due to wear and shrinkage of the cellulose nitrate but it still reveals a driving performance from the Italian master.