Toscanini programmed Mendelssohn's "Italian" and "Reformation" Symphonies frequently. However, he led the "Scottish" Symphony only once in the United States in a 1941 NBC Symphony broadcast. It is his only surviving performance of the work and may be the only time he conducted it.
Preserved in exceptionally fine sound for its time, the symphony will be discussed in terms of its form and style. For comparative purposes, excerpts from other performances led by Otto Klemperer, Peter Maag, and Herbert von Karajan will be featured.
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