Several years ago I visited Toscanini’s birthplace, now a museum paying homage to Parma’s famous conducting son. He was from a poor background, such that his mother didn’t feel herself sufficiently elegant to visit him at the city’s music school. The house doesn’t appear too small, until you discover that the Toscaninis shared it with three other families. Toscanini’s father, a tailor, used the downstairs room as a workshop. Full story.
Martin Cullingford (Gramophone) / January 3, 2017