Music: Classical Records

Over drinks in the Carnegie Hall bar it is still possible to stir a lively argument as to whether Toscanini was really as great as all that. Now a fascinating new record titled Memorial Tribute to Arturo Toscanini proves once again that he was. His critics often maintain that he was off base in the German classical repertory, and that he tried to turn Beethoven into Verdi.

But this record, drawn from rehearsal disks and tapes,*shows that the passion and honesty he brought to all music could lift the players to a remarkable pitch...

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