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Robert Shaw Chorale

Biography

Active: 1948 - 1965 ; New York, NY
The Robert Shaw Chorale was one of the most renowned and probably the most popular American choral group from the mid-twentieth century. The R.S.C. gave many memorable concerts and made numerous recordings for the RCA label, beginning at the close of the 78 rpm age in 1948 and ending in the heart of the stereo LP era in 1965. Shaw and his Chorale made the first classical recording to sell over one million copies and they received numerous Read more citations, including several Grammy awards. In fact, Shaw, with his Chorale and other choral groups, was awarded 14 Grammys during his career.

Robert Shaw (1916-1999) had established a reputation as one of the finest American choral conductors in the 1930s and 1940s, and would later achieve considerable stature in the orchestral realm as well. Having greatly impressed Fred Waring as leader of the Pomona College Glee Club, Shaw was asked to serve as conductor of the Fred Waring Glee Club, a post he accepted in 1938. He left it in 1945, steeped in other assignments, including rehearsing the NBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for Toscanini. He would also head the Juilliard School of Music's choral department from 1946 to 1948.

Shaw formed the Robert Shaw Chorale in 1948 in New York City. It was the second major choral group he was then directing, the other being the Collegiate Chorale, an amateur ensemble of approximately 120 members that he founded in 1941 and conducted until 1954. The Robert Shaw Chorale consisted of about 40 professional singers, whose numbers often varied. The R.S.C.'s initial recordings were made in 1948 for RCA Victor, the first with Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra, in a performance of Brahms Gesang der Parzen, and the second, of highlights from Saint-Saëns' Samson and Delilah, with Stokowski and the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Numerous others would follow, including the 1950 recordings of the Mozart Requiem and Verdi operas Rigoletto and Falstaff, the latter with Toscanini. The R.S.C. also began doing lighter repertory, with recordings of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess in 1950 and two collections from 1951, A Treasury of Easter Songs and Joy to the World. Later forays into more popular fare included the 1956 My True Love Sings and the 1958 The Stephen Foster Songbook. The group toured throughout the 1950s and 1960s, perhaps their grandest being the 36-city excursion through the United States in 1960 where the group, comprised of 33 singers, also took along 29 instrumentalists. Their performance of the Bach Mass in B minor at the Manhattan Center on that tour was among their more memorable concerts. The R.S.C. was perhaps at its height during the late 1950s and early 1960s, the group's popularity spilling over into many areas, allowing them to perform with some of the leading television personalities of the day. For example, their 1959 recordings entitled The Lord's Prayer and Ave Maria were done with the then-famous singer and television star Perry Como. After having achieved such popularity, it may seem difficult to comprehend why the group would disband in 1965, but Shaw moved onto other ventures, the most important of which was carrying out the duties of music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra beginning in 1967. New recordings by the Robert Shaw Chorale continued to be issued well into 1967. Thereafter, reissues began to appear regularly, though they began tapering off in the 1990s. By 2002, about 40 recordings by the R.S.C. were widely available, mostly on the RCA label. Read less
Christmas With The Robert Shaw Chorale
Release Date: 11/13/2007   Label: Rca  
Catalog: 1217   Number of Discs: 2
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A Festival Of Carols / Shaw, Robert Shaw Chorale
Release Date: 10/25/1990   Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal  
Catalog: 6429   Number of Discs: 1
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The Many Moods Of Christmas / Robert Shaw Chorale, Et Al
Release Date: 06/17/1997   Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal  
Catalog: 68805   Number of Discs: 1
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Handel: The Great Choruses From Messiah / Robert Shaw
Release Date: 09/15/1992   Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal  
Catalog: 61368   Number of Discs: 1
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Byron Janis,  Gary Graffman,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Fritz Reiner,  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Il Trovatore (Highlights) (Hlts)
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1198 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Zinka Milanov,  Leonard Warren,  Fedora Barbieri
    Conductor:  Renato Cellini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale
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    Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera / Toscanini, Nbc Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7064 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Herva Nelli,  George Cehanovsky,  Nicola Moscona,  Virginia Haskins  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Cavalleria Rustica
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1162 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Robert Merrill,  Zinka Milanov,  Carol Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Renato Cellini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Choir,  RCA Victor Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale
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    Verdi - The Great Operas [18-CD Set]
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 9012 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Renato Ercolani,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Tito Gobbi,  William Dickie  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Renato Cellini,  Gabriele Santini,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale,  RCA Victor Orchestra  ... 
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    Arturo Toscanini - The Complete RCA Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 791631 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 85
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Eileen Farrell,  Nan Merriman,  Jan Peerce,  Norman Scott  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale,  NBC Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    Jussi Bjorling - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 774892 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Charles Gounod,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Robert Merrill,  Emil Markow,  Frederick Schauwecker  ... 
    Conductor:  Renato Cellini,  Nils Grevillius,  Jonel Perlea,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi: Il Trovatore / Bjorling, Milanov, Cellini
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2060 Release Date: 03/11/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Fedora Barbieri,  Zinka Milanov,  Jussi Björling,  Leonard Warren  ... 
    Conductor:  Renato Cellini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  RCA Victor Orchestra
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    Toscanini Collection Vol 63 - Verdi: Requiem, Te Deum
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60299 Release Date: 03/10/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Herva Nelli,  Fedora Barbieri,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Cesare Siepi  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Westminster Choir
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    Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera / Toscanini, Peerce, Merrill
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60301 Release Date: 03/10/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Virginia Haskins,  Herva Nelli,  Norman Scott,  Nicola Moscona  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale
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    Verdi: Falstaff / Toscanini , Valdengo, Stich-randall Guarrerra
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 413 Release Date: 11/30/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Nan Merriman,  Norman Scott,  John Carmen Rossi,  Gabor Carelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Toscanini Collection - Verdi: Falstaff / Valdengo, Stich-Randall
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60251 Release Date: 07/28/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Antonio Madasi,  Cloe Elmo,  Teresa Stich-Randall,  Herva Nelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale
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    Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes / Toscanini, Shaw
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 6216 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Artur Balsam,  Joseph Kahn
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Carols For Christmas - Original Album Classics
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 756174 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Traditional,  John Francis Wade,  William James Kirkpatrick  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Lanza,  Johannes Sonnleitner,  Placido Domingo,  Eileen Farrell  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw,  Paul Baron,  Helmuth Froschauer,  Luther Henderson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  Chorus,  Orchestra  ... 
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    Icon - Jussi Björling, The Swedish Caruso Sings Verdi, Puccini, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17313 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Henry Ernest Geehl,  Carl Sjöberg  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Jussi Björling,  John Reardon,  Giorgio Tozzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Gabriele Santini,  Nils Grevillius,  Renato Cellini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi: Requiem / Toscanini, Nelli, Barbieri, Di Stefano, Siepi, Et Al
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7040 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Fedora Barbieri,  Herva Nelli,  Cesare Siepi
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale
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  • 17.
    Jussi Björling In Concert
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1007 Release Date: 02/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Ernest Geehl,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Robert Merrill,  Zinka Milanov,  Leonard Warren  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
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  • 18.
    Christmas With The Robert Shaw Chorale
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 1217 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Tomás Luis de Victoria,  William Billings,  Guillaume Costeley  ... 
    Performer:  Jon Humphrey,  Florence Kopleff,  Rodney Hansen,  Sara Mae Endich  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale
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  • 19.
    Toscanini Collection Vol 62 - Boito, Verdi: Opera Excerpts
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60276 Release Date: 08/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arrigo Boito,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Nicola Moscona,  Jan Peerce,  Vivian Della Chiesa,  Zinka Milanov  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbus Boychoir,  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale
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  • 20.
    Toscanini - The Television Concerts 1948-52 Vol. 3 - Verdi: Aida
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1005 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Norman Scott,  Herva Nelli,  Eva Gustavson,  Richard Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale,  Robert Shaw Chorale Choir
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  • 21.
    Historical - Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera / Toscanini, Nelli
    Label: Myto Records   Catalog: 52100 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Herva Nelli,  George Cehanovsky,  Nicola Moscona,  Virginia Haskins  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale
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  • 22.
    Saint-Saens: Samson And Delila Highlights; Tchaikovsky / Stokowski, Nbc
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 540 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Risë Stevens,  Jan Peerce,  Robert Merrill
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Leopold Stokowski Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Classic Library - Handel: Messiah / Shaw Chorale
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62317 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Thomas Paul,  Florence Kopleff,  Richard Lewis,  Judith Raskin  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  Robert Shaw Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Classical Music 101 - 101 Famous Classical Themes
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63691 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Igor Stravinsky,  Georges Bizet,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  José Luis Garcia,  Placido Domingo,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Barry Douglas  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Fritz Reiner,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    Complete Collections - Beethoven: 9 Symphonies / Toscanini
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 55702 Release Date: 12/09/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Nan Merriman,  Jan Peerce,  Norman Scott,  Eileen Farrell
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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