NBC Symphony Orchestra

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Active: 1937 - 1963 ; New York, NY
The NBC Symphony Orchestra was one of the world's fabled orchestras. David Sarnoff, chairman of RCA which owned both RCAVictor Records and NBC radio -- offered conductor Arturo Toscanini a specially-built orchestra of the highest standards.

Offering the highest salaries of any orchestra and a 52-week contract, NBC attracted top orchestral musicians: 21 of them were former section leaders of other orchestras. Artur Rodzinski molded them
Read more into a precision ensemble and Rodzinski led its first concerts. The orchestra took the air under Toscanini on Christmas day, 1937.

It was immediately ranked as one of the world's great orchestras, famous for its precise, lean sound, even though the players had to do routine radio work in addition to symphony concerts. For 17 years it was conducted by many leading world-class conductors; Leopold Stokowski was its co-conductor from 1941 to 1944. It made numerous classic recordings for RCA, sometimes recording as the "RCA Victor Symphony," including the famous recording of Richard Rodgers' Victory at Sea.

The orchestra had many distinguished alumni: violist William Primrose; violinist Josef Gingold; cellists Naoum Benditzky (of the Gordon Quartet) and Alan Shulman (Stuyvesant Quartet); and future conductors Milton Katims and Frank Brieff, to name just a few. Soloists who recorded with the orchestra included Marian Anderson, Vladimir Horowitz, Jascha Heifetz, and Artur Rubinstein. Some of these recordings, and a few complete opera recordings, were conducted by Fritz Reiner.

Toscanini retired after his April 4, 1954, concert. NBC laid the orchestra off, but it refused to die. Most of its members (with a few new players) reassembled as the Symphony of the Air, which went on to its own distinguished, if brief, renown. Read less

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Active: 1937 - 1963 ; New York, NY
The NBC Symphony Orchestra was one of the world's fabled orchestras. David Sarnoff, chairman of RCA which owned both RCAVictor Records and NBC radio -- offered conductor Arturo Toscanini a specially-built orchestra of the highest standards.

Offering the highest salaries of any orchestra and a 52-week contract, NBC attracted top orchestral musicians: 21 of them were former section leaders of other orchestras. Artur Rodzinski molded them
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso
Andantino simplice
Allegro con fuoco
Requiem: Kyrie
Dies irae
Offertorio
Libera me
Te Deum
Te Deum
A Christmas Festival
White Christmas
Sleigh Ride
Winter Wonderland
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
From far away we come
Amahl...Yes, Mother
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
This is my box
Amahl, I told you not to be a nuisance!
Oh, these beautiful things
Have you seen a Child
Shepherds! Shepherdess!
Emily, Emily
Olives and quinces
Shepherds' Dance
Thank you, good friends
All that gold!
Thief! Thief!
Don't you dare!
Oh, woman, you can keep the gold
Oh, no, wait
I walk, Mother
Do you really want to go?
Shepherds, arise!
II. Tema con variazioni
III. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzando: Allegro molto
III. Andante
IV. Rondo: Allegro
No. 2. Iberia: a. Par les rues et par les chemins -
No. 2. Iberia: b. Les parfums de la nuit -
No. 2. Iberia: c. Le matin d'un jour de fete
I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
II. Andante cantabile con moto
III. Menuetto - Allegro molto e vivace
IV. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace
I. Allegro con brio
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace - Trio
IV. Allegro molto - Poco andante - Presto
I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings Upon Arrival in the Country: Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scene by the Brook: Andante molto mosso
III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: Allegro
IV. Thunderstorm: Allegro
V. Shepherd's Song: Happy and Thankful Feelings after the Storm: Allegretto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro
I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
II. Allegretto
III. Presto, assai meno presto
IV. Allegro con brio
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Allegretto scherzando
III. Tempo di menuetto
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
IV. Finale: Presto - Allegro assai
I. Allegro con brio
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo: Prestissimo. Trio: Allegretto
III. Andante
IV. Finale: allegro
I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
IV. Presto: O Freunde, nicht diese Traene
Un poco sostenuto; Allegro
Andante sostenuto
Un poco allegretto e grazioso
Adagio; Piů andante; Allegro non troppo ma con brio
Symphony No. 2, Op. 73 in D: Allegro non troppo
Adagio non troppo
Allegretto grazioso (Quasi andantino)
Allegro con spirito
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: I. Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: II. Andante moderato
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: III. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto - Tempo I
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: IV. Allegro energico e passionato - Piů Allegro
I. Allegro con brio
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
Le Tombeau de Couperin: I. Prélude. Vif
Le Tombeau de Couperin: II. Forlane. Allegretto
Le Tombeau de Couperin: III. Menuet. Allegro moderato
Le Tombeau de Couperin: IV. Rigaudon. Assez vif
I. Lento lugubre - Moderato con moto
II. Vivace con spirito
III. Andante con moto
IV. Allegro con fuoco
Act I: Prelude
Act I: Introduction
Act I: Brindisi
Act I: Valzer - Duetto nell' Introd. Atto I
Act I: Streeti dell' Introd. Atto. I
Act I: Scene ed Aria Violetta - Finale to Act I
Act II: Scena ed Aria Alfredo
Act II: Scena e Duetto
Act II: Scena - Violetta
Act II: Scena ed Aria Germont
Adagio molto: Allegro con brio
Andante cantabile con moto
Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
Adagio: Allegro molto e vivace
Symphony No. 2, Op. 36 in D major: Adagio molto; Allegro con brio
Larghetto
Scherzo; Trio
Allegro molto
Symphony No. 3, Op. 55, "Eroica", in E-flat: Allegro con brio
Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
Scherzo: Allegro vivace; Trio
Finale: Allegro molto; Poco andante; Presto
Adagio molto; Allegro con brio
Larghetto
Scherzo; Trio
Allegro molto
Symphony No. 5, Op. 67 in C Minor: Allegro con brio
Andante con moto
Allegro
Allegro
Symphony No. 6, Op. 68, "Pastorale", in F: Erwachen heiterer Gefühle bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande (Happy Feelings Aroused Upon Arriving in the Country)
Szene am Bach (Scene by the Brook)
Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Peasants' Merry-Making)
Gewitter, Sturm (Thunderstorm)
Frohe, dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm (Shepherds' Song: Joyous Thanksgiving after the Storm)
Symphony No. 7, Op. 92 in A: Poco sostenuto; Vivace
Allegretto
Presto; Assai meno presto; Presto
Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 8, Op. 93 in F: Allegro vivace e con brio
Allegretto scherzando
Tempo di Menuetto
Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 in D Minor: Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Molto vivace
Adagio molto e cantabile; Andante moderato
Presto; Allegro assai
I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso
II. Andantino seplice
III. Allegro con fuoco
I. Adagio (Harold in the Mountains. Scenes of Melancholy, Happiness and Joy)
II. Allegretto (March of the Pilgrims Singing the Evening Prayer)
III. Allegro Assai (Serenade of an Abruzzi Mountain-Dweller to his Mistress)
IV. Allegro Frenetico (Orgy of Brigands. Memories of Scenes Past)
Kyrie
Gloria
Credo
I. Vorspiel: Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Finale: Allegro energico
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Gavotte: Non troppo allegro
IV. Finale: Molto vivace
I. Lento lugubre - Moderato con moto
II. Vivace con spirito
III. Andante con moto
IV. Allegro con fuoco
VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
VII. The Market Place at Limoges
VIII. Catacombae: Sepulchrum romanum
Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
IX. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)
X. The Great Gate of Kiev
I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Menuetto: Allegro molto
IV. Allegro vivace
IV. Allegro vivace
Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), Op. 325
Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), Op. 325
(The Gypsy Baron): Overture
(The Gypsy Baron): Overture
I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima
II. Andantino in modo di canzone
III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
I. Allegro con brio
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
Allegro con brio
Largo
Rondo
Concerto No. 2, Op. 21 in F minor: Maestoso
Larghetto
Allegro vivace
Moderato - Allegro
Adagio sostenuto
Allegro scherzando
Adagio molto: Allegro con brio
Andante cantabile con moto
Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
Adagio: Allegro molto e vivace
Agnus Dei
Larghetto
Scherzo; Trio
Allegro molto
Symphony No. 3, Op. 55, "Eroica", in E-flat: Allegro con brio
Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
Kyrie (Remastered version)
Finale: Allegro molto; Poco andante; Presto
Adagio molto; Allegro con brio
Larghetto
Scherzo; Trio
Allegro molto
Symphony No. 5, Op. 67 in C Minor: Allegro con brio
Andante con moto
Allegro
Gloria (Non-remastered version)
Symphony No. 6, Op. 68, "Pastorale", in F: Erwachen heiterer Gefühle bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande (Happy Feelings Aroused Upon Arriving in the Country)
Szene am Bach (Scene by the Brook)
Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Peasants' Merry-Making)
Gewitter, Sturm (Thunderstorm)
Frohe, dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm (Shepherds' Song: Joyous Thanksgiving after the Storm)
Symphony No. 7, Op. 92 in A: Poco sostenuto; Vivace
Allegretto
Presto; Assai meno presto; Presto
Allegro con brio
Gloria (Remastered version)
Allegretto scherzando
Tempo di Menuetto
Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 in D Minor: Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Molto vivace
Adagio molto e cantabile; Andante moderato
Presto; Allegro assai
Missa Solemnis, Op. 123: Kyrie
Gloria
Credo
Sanctus
Agnus Dei
Missa Solemnis: Kyrie (Non-remastered version)
Missa Solemnis in D major, op. 123: Kyrie (Remastered version)
Missa Solemnis: Gloria (Non-remastered version)
Missa Solemnis in D major, op. 123: Gloria (Remastered version)
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Allegro appassionato
III. Andante
IV. Allegretto grazioso
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante
III. Poco allegretto
IV. Allegro
I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsam
III. Scherzo: Lebhaft
IV. Langsam - Lebhaft
I. Andante - Allegro con anima
II. Andante cantabile con alcuna licenza
III. Valse: Allegro moderato
IV. Finale: Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace
Act I: Scene 1: Falstaff!
Act I: Scene 1: Ssss. Sei polli: sei scellini
Act I: Scene 1: So che se andiam
Act I: Scene 1: V'č noto un tal
Act I: Scene 1: L'Onore! Ladri!
Act I: Scene 1: Ma, per tornare a voi
Act I: Scene 2: Alice - Meg
Act I: Scene 2: Fulgida Alice! Amor t'offro
Act I: Scene 2: Quell'otre! quel tino!
Act I: Scene 2: Č un ribaldo, un furbo, un ladro
Act I: Scene 2: Pst, pst, Nanetta
Act I: Scene 2: Falstaff m'ha canzonetta
Act I: Scene 2: Torno all'assalto
Act I: Scene 2: Udrai quanta eglie sfoggia
Act I: Scene 2: Del tuo barbaro diagnostico
Act I: Scene 2: Qui piů non si vagoli
Act II: Scene 1: Siam pentiti e contriti
Act II: Scene 1: Alice č mia!
Act II: Scene 1: Padron; di lŕ c'č un certo Maestro Fontana
Act II: Scene 1: Signore, v'assista il cielo!
Act II: Scene 1: Io l'amo e lei non m'ama
Act II: Scene 1: Il diavolo se lo porti all'inferno
Act II: Scene 1: Č sogno? o realtŕ?
Act II: Scene 1: Eccomi qua
Falstaff: Act II: Scene 2: Presenteremo un bill, per una tassa
Act II: Scene 2: Giunta all'Albergo della Giarrettiera
Act II: Scene 2: Nannetta, e tu non ridi?
Act II: Scene 2: Gaie comari di Windsor!
Act II: Scene 2: alfin t'ho colto
Act II: Scene 2: Quand'ero paggio
Requiem & Kyrie
Dies Irae: Dies Irae
Dies Irae: Tuba mirum
Dies Irae: Mors stupebit
Dies Irae: Liber scriptus
Dies Irae: Quid sum miser
Dies Irae: Rex tremendae
Dies Irae: Recordare
Dies Irae: Ingemisco
Dies Irae: Confutatis
Dies Irae: Lacrymosa
Offertorio: Domine Jesu Christe
Offertorio: Hostias
Sanctus
Agnus dei
Lux aeterna
Libera me: Libera me, Domine
Libera me: Dies Irae
Libera me: Libera me, Domine
The pines of the villa Borghese
Pines near a catacomb
The pines of Janiculum
The pines of the Appian way
Fountains of Rome: The fountain of Valle Giulia at dawn
The Triton fountain at morning
The fountain of Trevi at midday
The villa Medici fountain at sunset
Roman Festivals: Circuses
The Jubilee
The October Festival
Epiphany


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