In 1937, the then 36-year-old John Barbirolli took on "mission impossible": to fill the vacuum that maestro Arturo Toscanini left behind when he retired from the New York Philharmonic. But there was an ironic twist. Toscanini did not go away. He went to the NBC Symphony. Most of Barbirolli's N.Y. Phil. records have been newly released.
On Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will sample some of them.
Playlist—all with Barbirolli and the New York Philharmonic:
Purcell | Suite for Strings, Woodwinds and Horns, arr. Barbirolli
Respighi | Fountains of Rome
Mozart | Clarinet Concerto, excerpts, with Benny Goodman, soloist.
Max Bruch | Violin Concerto No. 1, excerpts, with Nathan Milstein, soloist.