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. The Victor Talking Machine Company had employed a studio orchestra since the days of acoustical recording early in the 20th century. In the 1920s, Victor established the Victor Salon Orchestra based at the company's headquarters in Camden, New Jersey. This group consisted of musicians primarily from nearby Philadelphia and New York City and 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 were recruited primarily from the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, and other major New York ensembles. The RCA Victor Orchestra recorded with several notable conductors including Leopold Stokowski, Fritz Reiner, Dmitri Mitropoulos, William Steinberg 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.

Birth and Death Data: Born Founded 1940, Died Ceased 1963

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 42 records)

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 BAVE-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 E0RC-0019 12-in. 1/11/1950 Panis angelicus Frank Black ; James Melton ; RCA Victor Orchestra Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra Musical group  
Victor E0RC-0020 12-in. 1/11/1950 Agnus dei Frank Black ; James Melton ; RCA Victor Orchestra Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra Musical group  
Victor E0RC-0021 12-in. 1/11/1950 Ave Maria Frank Black ; James Melton ; RCA Victor Orchestra Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra Musical group  
Victor E0RC-0022 12-in. 1/12/1950 The Lord's prayer Frank Black ; James Melton ; RCA Victor Orchestra Male vocal tenor solo, with vocal ensemble and orchestra Musical group  
Victor E0RC-0023 12-in. 1/12/1950 The palms Frank Black ; James Melton ; RCA Victor Orchestra Male vocal tenor solo, with vocal ensemble and orchestra Musical group  
Victor E0RC-0024 12-in. 1/12/1950 Ave Maria Frank Black ; James Melton ; RCA Victor Orchestra Male vocal tenor solo, with vocal ensemble and orchestra Musical group  
Victor E0RB-4640 10-in. 5/19/1950 Moonbeams Frank Black ; RCA Victor Orchestra ; Risë Stevens Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra Musical group  
Victor E0RB-4642 10-in. 5/19/1950 Toyland Frank Black ; RCA Victor Orchestra ; Risë Stevens Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra Musical group  
Victor E0RB-4707 10-in. 5/26/1950 Rose of the world Frank Black ; RCA Victor Orchestra ; Risë Stevens Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra and vocal chorus Musical group  
Victor E0RB-4708 10-in. 5/26/1950 Because you're you Frank Black ; RCA Victor Orchestra ; Risë Stevens Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra and chorus Musical group  
Victor E0RB-4709 10-in. 5/26/1950 Gypsy love song Frank Black ; RCA Victor Orchestra ; Risë Stevens Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra and chorus Musical group  
Victor E0RB-4710 10-in. 5/26/1950 I can't do the sum Frank Black ; RCA Victor Orchestra ; Risë Stevens Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with chorus and 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  
Victor D4RC-0682 10-in. 12/18/1944 Il balen del suo sorriso Leonard Warren Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra Musical group  
(Results 1-25 of 42 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "RCA Victor Orchestra," accessed May 21, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116586.

RCA Victor Orchestra. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 21, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116586.

"RCA Victor Orchestra." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 21 May 2024.

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