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Nonfiction: Biography, Music
Unabridged   40.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/27/2017


Musician of Conscience

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681686592
Digital Download ISBN:9781681686608


On the 150th anniversary of his birth comes this monumental biography of conductor Arturo Toscanini, whose dramatic life was unparalleled among twentieth-century musicians.

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Product Description

During a sixty-eight 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. Thanks to unprecedented access to the conductor's archives, Harvey Sachs has written a completely new biography that positions Toscanini's epic musical career and sometimes scandalous life against the roiling currents of history. Set in his native Italy, across Europe and the Americas, and in 1930s Palestine, Toscanini soars in its exploration of genius, music, and moral courage, taking its place among the greatest music biographies of our time.


"Virtuoso performances by both Sachs and Boehmer result in a successful audiobook experience." —AudioFile

“Boehmer does an excellent job of keeping the listener engaged in this very long audiobook, though at times he becomes a bit too emotional.” —Sound Commentary

“There is a wealth of information here for musicologists. Sachs’s engaging account should also attract general readers interested in the subject. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal Starred Review

“Sachs’s entertaining and definitive portrait of Toscanini reveals a passionate musician characterized by intense concentration, personal magnetism, generosity, and commitment to his country and his family.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Extremely thorough . . . Sachs’s account of Toscanini’s career is persuasive and compelling." —New York Times

Author Bio

Harvey Sachs, author and music historian, has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, Times Literary Supplement, and many other publications. He is on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.