Hal Leonard (Amadeus). Arturo Toscanini: The NBC Years details Toscanini's magnificent and heroic 17 years (1937-1954) conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The archival broadcast recordings documented and reassessed in this lively account comprise the most complete recorded legacy of Toscanini's orchestral conducting career. The broadcast recordings include his readings of many scores for which he left no approved recording, and his NBC career included performances of works he never conducted before coming to the network. The concerts and the broadcasts were immensely popular, and for generations Toscanini's name became synonymous with conducting. His legendary art and fiery personality also engendered controversy that has yet to subside, but this account takes on the challengers, accepting neither hero worship nor criticism that ignores the evidence.
Book News Frank, who served as the curator of the Toscanini archive, profiles the legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini. Drawing upon all the archival recordings of Toscanini's broadcasts, material from the family archives and other biographical sources, he corrects misconceptions about the period and the man. In his portrait of the fiery maestro who led the NBC symphony from 1937 to 1954, he provides new insights into his musicianship. He also offers season- by-season discussions, repertory lists and performance evaluations, videography and discography. A few b&w photographs are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)