KASS Music Gem of the Day: Toscanini/Peerce/Verdi

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2009-10-21 03:49

This is Hymn of the Nations, original version by Verdi in 1860. Toscanini added The Star-Spangled Banner and The Internationale for patriotic purposes in WW2, but evidently whoever compiled the film excised the latter. In any event, when Toscanini recorded it with his favourite tenor, Jan Peerce, the result was a stunner: