NBC Symphony Orchestra

NBC Symphony Orchestra

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Founded: 1937 - New York, USA
Disbanded: 1954
This was a fabled orchestra specially constituted by David Sarnoff, chairman of RCA (which owned both RCA Victor Records and NBC radio) for conductor Arturo Toscanini. Offering the highest salaries of any orchestra at the time and a 52-week contract, NBC attracted top orchestral musicians: 21 of them were former section leaders of other orchestras. Artur Rodzinski was hired to train and mold the Orchestra to impeccable standards in anticipation of the leadership of Arturo Toscanini. The Orchestra took the air under Toscanini on Christmas day, 1937. It was immediately ranked as one of the world's great orchestras, famed for its precise and lean sound. It made numerous classic recordings for RCA, sometimes recording as the "RCA Victor Symphony," including the famous recording of Richard Rodgers' Victory at Sea (a 13-hour musical score), and worked with famous conductors such as Leopold Stokowski (who was co-conductor from 1941 to 1944). Arturo Toscanini led the Orchestra for 17 years.

Toscanini retired after his April 4, 1954, concert. Much to his distress, NBC laid the Orchestra off after that. Most of its members (with a few new players) reassembled as the "Symphony Of The Air", which went on to charter its own distinguished, if brief, path to fame. "Symphony Of The Air" finally disbanded in 1963.
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NBC Symphony Orchestra Discography

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DM 454 Haydn*, Arturo Toscanini, N.B.C. Symphony Orchestra* Haydn*, Arturo Toscanini, N.B.C. Symphony Orchestra* - Symphony No. 13, In G Major(3xShellac, 12", Album) Victor Red Seal DM 454 US 1938 Sell This Version
Tschaikowsky*, Horowitz*, Toscanini* And The NBC Symphony Orchestra Tschaikowsky*, Horowitz*, Toscanini* And The NBC Symphony Orchestra - Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor (Album) Victor Red Seal US 1941 Sell This Version
Arturo Toscanini and NBC Symphony Orchestra Arturo Toscanini and NBC Symphony Orchestra - Rossini Overtures (Album) Victor Red Seal US 1945 Sell This Version
Arturo Toscanini and NBC Symphony Orchestra, Ferde Grofé Arturo Toscanini and NBC Symphony Orchestra, Ferde Grofé - Grand Canyon Suite (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1945 Sell This Version
49-3861 Arturo Toscanini With NBC Symphony Orchestra Arturo Toscanini With NBC Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 4, In E Minor, Op. 98(4x7", Album, Red + Box) RCA Victor Red Seal 49-3861 US 1949 Sell This Version
WDM 605, 49-0141, 49-0142 Arturo Toscanini With The NBC Symphony Orchestra Arturo Toscanini With The NBC Symphony Orchestra - Rossini's William Tell Overture(2x7", Album, Cle + Box) RCA Victor, RCA Victor, RCA Victor WDM 605, 49-0141, 49-0142 US 1949 Sell This Version
Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra / Rossini* / Waldteufel* Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra / Rossini* / Waldteufel* - William Tell Overture / The Skaters Waltz RCA Victor Red Seal US 1950 Sell This Version
Rachmaninoff*, Artur Rubinstein*, NBC Symphony OrchestraVladimir Golschmann Rachmaninoff*, Artur Rubinstein*, NBC Symphony OrchestraVladimir Golschmann - Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18 (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1950 Sell This Version
Ravel* / Beethoven* - Arturo Toscanini And NBC Symphony Orchestra, The* Ravel* / Beethoven* - Arturo Toscanini And NBC Symphony Orchestra, The* - Daphnis And Chloe Suite No. 2 / Leonore Overture No. 3 RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal US 1950 Sell This Version
Tchaikovsky*, Arturo Toscanini And NBC Symphony Orchestra, The* Tchaikovsky*, Arturo Toscanini And NBC Symphony Orchestra, The* - Symphony No. 6, In B Minor, Op. 74 ("Pathétique") (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal Germany 1950 Sell This Version
Giuseppe Verdi, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Falstaff (Album) RCA Victor US 1950 Sell This Version
Beethoven*, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra Beethoven*, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 3 In E-Flat, Op. 55 ("Eroica") (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal US 1950 Sell This Version
Respighi* - Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra Respighi* - Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Feste Romane RCA Victor Red Seal US 1950 Sell This Version
LM-1040, LM 1040 Schubert* - Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra Schubert* - Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 9 In C(LP, Mono) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1040, LM 1040 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM-2000 NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini, Robert Shaw Chorale* / Cherubini* NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini, Robert Shaw Chorale* / Cherubini* - Requiem Mass In C Minor(LP, Album, Mono) RCA Victor Red Seal LM-2000 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM-1089, LM 1089 Hindemith*, Haydn*, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Guido Cantelli Hindemith*, Haydn*, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Guido Cantelli - Matthias The Painter (Mathis Der Maler), Symphony No. 93, In D(LP) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1089, LM 1089 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM 1038 Haydn* / Mozart* / Arturo Toscanini & NBC Symphony Orchestra Haydn* / Mozart* / Arturo Toscanini & NBC Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 101, In D (Clock) / Symphony No. 35, In D, K. 385 (Haffner)(LP, Album, Mono) RCA Victor LM 1038 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM 13 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Divertimento No. 15 In B-flat, K. 287 For Strings And Two Horns(10") RCA Victor Red Seal LM 13 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM-1039 Arturo Toscanini, Ania Dorfmann, NBC Symphony Orchestra Arturo Toscanini, Ania Dorfmann, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15(LP) RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1039 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM 54 Franz Schubert, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra Franz Schubert, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 8 In B Minor ("Unfinished")(10", Album, Mono) RCA Victor LM 54 US 1950 Sell This Version
FALP 161 Rachmaninoff*, Artur Rubinstein*, NBC Symphony OrchestraVladimir Golschmann Rachmaninoff*, Artur Rubinstein*, NBC Symphony OrchestraVladimir Golschmann - Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18(LP, Album, Mono) La Voix De Son Maître FALP 161 France & Benelux 1950 Sell This Version
Vladimir Horowitz, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra Vladimir Horowitz, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Brahms Concerto No. 2, In B-Flat, Op. 83 RCA Victor US 1951 Sell This Version
Toscanini* Conducting The NBC Symphony Orchestra* / Richard StraussWagner* Toscanini* Conducting The NBC Symphony Orchestra* / Richard StraussWagner* - Don Juan • Die Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal UK 1951 Sell This Version
Arturo Toscanini / Verdi* / Licia Albanese / Jan Peerce / Robert Merrill / NBC Symphony Orchestra Arturo Toscanini / Verdi* / Licia Albanese / Jan Peerce / Robert Merrill / NBC Symphony Orchestra - LaTraviata (Complete Opera) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1951 Sell This Version
A 630.325 (ARTISTIQUE) Beethoven* / Arturo Toscanini / N. B. C. Symphony Orchestra* Beethoven* / Arturo Toscanini / N. B. C. Symphony Orchestra* - Symphonie Nº 7 En La Majeur, Op. 92(LP) RCA A 630.325 (ARTISTIQUE) France 1951 Sell This Version