25. March 2008 · Comments Off on Happy Birthday · Categories: Birthdays!, Links, Listen, Videos, Watch

to Bela Bartok. Thanks for this, among other works.

And happy birthday, too, to Toscanini. My high school band director adored you. Maybe because of your fiery reputation. But also, I’m sure, because you conducted so much of what he loved. (We played a ton of opera transcriptions.) Here’s La Forza del Destino for your enjoyment.

Now what would have been fun would have been to find Toscanini conducting Bartok. Hmm. I read one little blurb that said Toscanini couldn’t stomach Bartok. Strong words.

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