An Italian conductor. Arturo Toscanini was an Italian conductor. He was one of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 19th and 20th century. He was renowned for his intensity, his perfectionism, his ear for orchestral detail and sonority, and his photographic memory. As music director of the NBC Symphony Orchestra he became a household name (especially in the USA) through his radio and television broadcasts and many recordings of the operatic and symphonic repertoire. He is widely considered to have been one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century. Although opinions differ on the relative greatness of different historical conductors, it is generally agreed that during his lifetime Toscanini was considered the pre-eminent classical musician of the day.
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