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NBC Symphony Orchestra


The NBC Symphony Orchestra was among the world’s fabled orchestras. David Sarnoff, chairman of RCA which possessed both RCAVictor Information and NBC radio — provided conductor Arturo Toscanini a specially-built orchestra of the best standards. Offering the best incomes of any orchestra along with a 52-week agreement, NBC attracted best orchestral music artists: 21 of these were previous section market leaders of various other orchestras. Artur Rodzinski shaped them right into a accuracy ensemble and Rodzinski led its initial concerts. The orchestra had taken the environment under Toscanini on Xmas day, 1937. It had been immediately ranked among the world’s great orchestras, well-known for its exact, lean sound, despite the fact that the players got to do regular radio work furthermore to symphony concerts. For 17 years it had been carried out by many leading world-class conductors; Leopold Stokowski was its co-conductor from 1941 to 1944. It produced numerous traditional recordings for RCA, occasionally recording because the “RCA Victor Symphony,” like the popular documenting of Richard Rodgers’ Triumph at Ocean. The orchestra got many recognized alumni: violist William Primrose; violinist Josef Gingold; cellists Naoum Benditzky (from the Gordon Quartet) and Alan Shulman (Stuyvesant Quartet); and potential conductors Milton Katims and Frank Brieff, to mention just a couple. Soloists who documented using the orchestra included Marian Anderson, Vladimir Horowitz, Jascha Heifetz, and Artur Rubinstein. A few of these recordings, and some full opera recordings, had been carried out by Fritz Reiner. Toscanini retired after his Apr 4, 1954, concert. NBC laid the orchestra off, nonetheless it refused to perish. The majority of its associates (with several brand-new players) reassembled because the Symphony from the Surroundings, which continued to its distinguished, if short, renown.

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Full Name NBC Symphony Orchestra
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame

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Music Department

Music Department

Victory at Sea 1952-1953 TV Series documentary orchestra - 24 episodes



Treppenwitz 2012 Short "Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'"
La neuvième 2004 TV Movie documentary performer: "9th Symphony"
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould 1993 performer: "Prelude from Tristan und Isolde"
Blume in Love 1973 performer: "Liebestod"
Omnibus 1957 TV Series 1 episode



Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 6 - Brahms: Symphony No.1/Weber: Euryanthe Overture 1951 TV Special Symphony Orchestra

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Archive Footage

The Bell Telephone Hour 1967 TV Series Themselves

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