This episode focuses on the life of arguably the most famous conductor in history – Arturo Toscanini. A musical child prodigy, Toscanini rose to the prestigious role of conductor at the astonishing age of just 19. His reputation for perfection saw him admired by audiences and musicians alike, and made him famous across Italy and then the rest of the world. His reputation for affairs, however, also put his family under strain. Crossing back and forth across the Atlantic, Toscanini’s fame helped him escape the Fascists in Italy and he began recording concerts for the NBC Symphony Orchestra during World War II. He later conducted concerts on television and became a legend above all the rest. Dr. Stephen Alltop – conductor, musician, and senior lecturer at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University in Illinois – joins us to discuss the legacy of Toscanini. Remember to like and subscribe!