More than fifty years after his death, ARTURO TOSCANINI (1867-1957) still remains one of the world's most legendary conductors. Wagner always held a special place in the Italian maestro's long and illustrious career, from his first appearance at La Scala in 1898 conducting Die Meistersinger, to his final appearance in 1954 performing an all-Wagner program. Toscanini Conducts Wagner gathers together on 5 CDs the best of Toscanini's Wagner performances with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The set features soprano Helen Traubel and tenor Lauritz Melchior and includes new liner notes by noted Toscanini biographer Harvey Sachs.Toscanini the Maestro DVD features interviews with Robert Merrill, Jarmila Novona, Herva Nelli, Licia Albanese and others, plus photographs, documents, original recordings and a selection of rare home movies. Also includes a full performance of Verdi's Hymn of the Nations, featuring Jan Peerce.