RCA Victor Orchestra

The RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, sometimes also known as the Victor Symphony Orchestra, RCA Victor Salon Orchestra, the RCA Victor Orchestra and the RCA Orchestra, was an American studio orchestra founded in 1940 by the RCA Victor record label for the purposes of making recordings. Originally established in the 1920s as a salon orchestra based at Victor's headquarters in Camden, New Jersey, the group was created by longtime Victor staff conductor and arranger Nathaniel Shilkret. The name later was used for free-lance orchestras, mainly in New York City, assembled as needed to make recordings for RCA Victor through the early 1960s. Its players included those from the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony of the Air and other major New York ensembles. The RCA Victor Orchestra recorded with several notable conductors including Leopold Stokowski, Fritz Reiner, Josef Krips and Leonard Bernstein. A number of their recordings received Grammy Awards. The orchestra was disbanded in the early 1960s when RCA Victor began moving much of its Red Seal recording activity to Europe and established the RCA Italiana Orchestra at its studios in Rome.

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BBVE-80403 10-in. Não tenho lagrimas Conjuncto Regional RCA Victor ; Patrício Teixeira Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble Musical group  
Victor BBVE-80404 10-in. 5/13/1937 Sabia larangeira Conjuncto Regional RCA Victor ; Patrício Teixeira Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble Musical group  
Victor 80503 10-in. 6/30/1937 Olá seu Nicolau Carlos Galhardo Male vocal solo, with orchestra Musical group  
Victor BS-051513 10-in. 6/18/1940 Hänsel and Gretel Junior Programs Opera Company ; Saul Lancourt ; RCA Victor Orchestra ; Nathaniel Shilkret Vocal duet (soprano and alto), with orchestra Musical group  
Victor BS-051514 10-in. 6/18/1940 Hänsel and Gretel Junior Programs Opera Company ; Saul Lancourt ; RCA Victor Orchestra ; Nathaniel Shilkret Vocal duet (mezzo-soprano and baritone), with orchestra Musical group  
Victor BS-051515 10-in. 6/18/1940 Hänsel and Gretel Junior Programs Opera Company ; Saul Lancourt ; RCA Victor Orchestra ; Nathaniel Shilkret Vocal duet (mezzo-soprano and baritone), with orchestra Musical group  
Victor BS-051516 10-in. 6/18/1940 Hänsel and Gretel Junior Programs Opera Company ; Saul Lancourt ; RCA Victor Orchestra ; Nathaniel Shilkret Vocal duet (soprano and alto), with orchestra; soprano vocal solo, with orchestra Musical group  
Victor BS-051517 10-in. 6/18/1940 Hänsel and Gretel Junior Programs Opera Company ; Saul Lancourt ; RCA Victor Orchestra ; Nathaniel Shilkret Vocal duet (soprano and alto), with orchestra Musical group  
Victor BS-051518 10-in. 6/18/1940 Hänsel and Gretel Junior Programs Opera Company ; Saul Lancourt ; RCA Victor Orchestra ; Nathaniel Shilkret Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra Musical group  
Victor BS-051519 10-in. 6/18/1940 Hänsel and Gretel Junior Programs Opera Company ; Saul Lancourt ; RCA Victor Orchestra ; Nathaniel Shilkret Vocal duet (soprano and alto), with orchestra; mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra Musical group  
Victor BS-051520 10-in. 6/18/1940 Hänsel and Gretel Junior Programs Opera Company ; Saul Lancourt ; RCA Victor Orchestra ; Nathaniel Shilkret Vocal trio (soprano, mezzo-soprano, and alto), with orchestra Musical group  
Victor E1EB-2154 10-in. 6/4/1951 Cuba Don Craig ; Eduardo Greco ; Mixed Quartet ; Rinaldo Ruzel Male vocal duet, with orchestra; mixed vocal quartet, with piano Musical group  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "RCA Victor Orchestra," accessed August 7, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116586.

RCA Victor Orchestra. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 7, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116586.

"RCA Victor Orchestra." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 7 August 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116586

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