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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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
DB 3790, DB 3791, DB 3792 NBC Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 40, In C Minor (K. 550) album art Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 40, In C Minor (K. 550) (Album) Victor Red Seal DB 3790, DB 3791, DB 3792 UK 1939 Sell This Version
DM 875 NBC Symphony Orchestra - Symphony No. 1 In C Minor, Op. 68 album art Johannes Brahms, Arturo Toscanini, N.B.C. Symphony Orchestra* Johannes Brahms, Arturo Toscanini, N.B.C. Symphony Orchestra* - Symphony No. 1 In C Minor, Op. 68 (Album) Victor Red Seal DM 875 US 1941 Sell This Version
DM 800 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 DM 800 US 1941 Sell This Version
DM-933 NBC Symphony Orchestra - The Fire Bird Suite album art Leopold Stokowski, NBC Symphony Orchestra / Stravinsky* Leopold Stokowski, NBC Symphony Orchestra / Stravinsky* - The Fire Bird Suite(3xShellac, 12", Album) Victor Red Seal DM-933 US 1943 Sell This Version
DM-590 NBC Symphony Orchestra - Scherzo And Adagio From Quartet In F Major (Op. 135) / Moto Perpetuo (Op. 11) album art Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra, Ludwig van Beethoven, Niccolò Paganini Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra, Ludwig van Beethoven, Niccolò Paganini - Scherzo And Adagio From Quartet In F Major (Op. 135) / Moto Perpetuo (Op. 11) (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal DM-590 US 1945 Sell This Version
DM-1038 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, EP) RCA Victor Red Seal DM-1038 US 1945 Sell This Version
DM 1037 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 DM 1037 Canada 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) Victor Red Seal DM 978 US 1947 Sell This Version
DM 1178 NBC Symphony Orchestra - Romeo &  Juliet Overture album art Tchaikovsky* . Kabalevsky*, The NBC Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By Arturo Toscanini Tchaikovsky* . Kabalevsky*, The NBC Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By Arturo Toscanini - Romeo & Juliet Overture (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal DM 1178 US 1948 Sell This Version
WDM 1416 NBC Symphony Orchestra - Toscanini Conducts Light Music album art Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Toscanini Conducts Light Music (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal WDM 1416 US 1949 Sell This Version
WDM 605 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 WDM 605 US 1949 Sell This Version
WDM 1287 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 WDM 1287 US 1949 Sell This Version
LM 54 NBC Symphony Orchestra - Unfinished Symphony No. 8, In B Minor album art Franz Schubert, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra Franz Schubert, Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Unfinished Symphony No. 8, In B Minor (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LM 54 Canada 1950 Sell This Version
WDM 1355 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 WDM 1355 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM 14, LM-14 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 LM 14, LM-14 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM-55 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 LM-55 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 (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1089, LM 1089 US 1950 Sell This Version
DM 1012 NBC Symphony Orchestra - Concerto Nº 2 In F Minor For Piano And Orchestra album art Chopin*, Artur Rubinstein*, NBC Symphony Orchestra Chopin*, Artur Rubinstein*, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Concerto Nº 2 In F Minor For Piano And Orchestra (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal DM 1012 US 1931 Sell This Version
LM-1043, LM 1043 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 LM-1043, LM 1043 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM 1019 NBC Symphony Orchestra - Romeo And Juliet Opus 17, Dramatic Symphony Excerpts album art Tchaikovsky* / Berlioz* - Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra Tchaikovsky* / Berlioz* - Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra - Romeo And Juliet Opus 17, Dramatic Symphony Excerpts (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LM 1019 US 1950 Sell This Version
WDM 1583 NBC Symphony Orchestra - La Mer album art Debussy* - Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra Debussy* - Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra - La Mer (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal WDM 1583 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM-1038, LM 1038 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 LM-1038, LM 1038 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM 1005, LM-1005 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, EP) RCA Victor Red Seal LM 1005, LM-1005 US 1950 Sell This Version
LM-1037 NBC Symphony Orchestra - Manfred, Op. 58 (Symphonic Poem) album art Tchaikovsky*, Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra Tchaikovsky*, Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra - Manfred, Op. 58 (Symphonic Poem) (Album) RCA Victor LM-1037 US 1950 Sell This Version