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 Tracks

Albums

DM 454 NBC Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 13, In G Major album art 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
NBC Symphony Orchestra - Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor album art 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
NBC Symphony Orchestra - Grand Canyon Suite album art 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
NBC Symphony Orchestra - Rossini Overtures album art Rossini*, Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra Rossini*, Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra - Rossini Overtures (Album, Comp) Victor Red Seal US 1945 Sell This Version
DM 978 NBC Symphony Orchestra - Brunnhilde's Immolation - From Wagner's "The Twilight Of The Gods" (Die Gotterdammerung, Finale, Act III) album art Wagner*, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Helen Traubel Wagner*, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Helen Traubel - Brunnhilde's Immolation - From Wagner's "The Twilight Of The Gods" (Die Gotterdammerung, Finale, Act III)(3xShellac, 12", Gat) Victor Red Seal DM 978 US 1947 Sell This Version
NBC Symphony Orchestra - Manfred Overture, Op. 115 / Consecration Of The House Overture In C, Op. 124 album art Schumann* / Beethoven* - Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra Schumann* / Beethoven* - Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra - Manfred Overture, Op. 115 / Consecration Of The House Overture In C, Op. 124 (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1949 Sell This Version
NBC Symphony Orchestra - William Tell Overture album art Arturo Toscanini With The NBC Symphony Orchestra Arturo Toscanini With The NBC Symphony Orchestra - William Tell Overture (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1949 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
NBC Symphony Orchestra - Haydn - Symphony No. 101, In D ("Clock") - Mozart - Symphony No. 35, In D, K. 385 ("Haffner") album art Haydn* / Mozart* - Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra Haydn* / Mozart* - Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Haydn - Symphony No. 101, In D ("Clock") - Mozart - Symphony No. 35, In D, K. 385 ("Haffner") (Album, EP) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal US 1950 Sell This Version
NBC Symphony Orchestra - Daphnis And Chloe Suite No. 2 / Leonore Overture No. 3 album art Ravel* / Beethoven* - Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra* Ravel* / Beethoven* - Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra* - Daphnis And Chloe Suite No. 2 / Leonore Overture No. 3 RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal US 1950 Sell This Version
NBC Symphony Orchestra - Concerto No. 2 In B-Flat Op. 19 album art Beethoven*, William Kapell, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Golschmann Beethoven*, William Kapell, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Golschmann - Concerto No. 2 In B-Flat Op. 19 (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1950 Sell This Version
NBC Symphony Orchestra - Concerto Nº 2 In F Minor For Piano And Orchestra album art Frédéric Chopin, Arthur Rubinstein, William Steinberg, NBC Symphony Orchestra Frédéric Chopin, Arthur Rubinstein, William Steinberg, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Concerto Nº 2 In F Minor For Piano And Orchestra RCA Victor Red Seal US 1950 Sell This Version
NBC Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 8 In B Minor ("Unfinished") album art Franz Schubert, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra Franz Schubert, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 8 In B Minor ("Unfinished") (Album) RCA Victor Canada 1950 Sell This Version
NBC Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15 album art Arturo Toscanini, Ania Dorfmann, NBC Symphony Orchestra Arturo Toscanini, Ania Dorfmann, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15 RCA Victor Red Seal US 1950 Sell This Version
NBC Symphony Orchestra - Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18 album art 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
NBC Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 3 In E-Flat, Op. 55 ("Eroica") album art Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 3 In E-Flat, Op. 55 ("Eroica") (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal Italy 1950 Sell This Version
NBC Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 6, In B Minor, Op. 74 ("Pathétique") album art Tchaikovsky*, Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra* Tchaikovsky*, Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra* - Symphony No. 6, In B Minor, Op. 74 ("Pathétique") (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal US 1950 Sell This Version
NBC Symphony Orchestra - "Jupiter" Symphony No. 41, In C, K. 551 / Concerto No. 1, In B-Flat For Bassoon And Orchestra, K. 191 album art Mozart* - Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Sharrow Mozart* - Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Sharrow - "Jupiter" Symphony No. 41, In C, K. 551 / Concerto No. 1, In B-Flat For Bassoon And Orchestra, K. 191 (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal US 1950 Sell This Version
NBC Symphony Orchestra - Falstaff album art Giuseppe Verdi, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Falstaff (Album) RCA Victor US 1950 Sell This Version
NBC Symphony Orchestra - William Tell Overture / The Skaters Waltz album art 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
NBC Symphony Orchestra - Divertimento No. 15 In B-flat, K. 287 For Strings And Two Horns album art NBC Symphony Orchestra Divertimento No. 15 In B-flat, K. 287 For Strings And Two Horns RCA Victor Red Seal US 1950 Sell This Version
NBC Symphony Orchestra - Feste Romane album art Respighi* / Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra Respighi* / Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Feste Romane (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1950 Sell This Version
LM-1040, LM 1040 NBC Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 9 In C album art 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-1089, LM 1089 NBC Symphony Orchestra - Matthias The Painter (Mathis Der Maler), Symphony No. 93, In D album art 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, Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1089, LM 1089 US 1950 Sell This Version
ERC 3, ERC-3, 549-5014,549-5015,549-5016 NBC Symphony Orchestra - Grand Canyon Suite album art Arturo Toscanini And NBC Symphony Orchestra / Grofe* Arturo Toscanini And NBC Symphony Orchestra / Grofe* - Grand Canyon Suite(3x7", Album, EP) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal ERC 3, ERC-3, 549-5014,549-5015,549-5016 US 1950 Sell This Version