C1729. ARTUR RODZINSKI Cond. NBC S.O.: Albéniz, Respighi & Shostakovitch (the latter's Symphony #5 in e). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-598, Live Performance, 9 April, 1938. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“Artur Rodzinski was engaged in 1937 by NBC to organize the NBC Symphony Orchestra for Toscanini, and he served as a kind of co-conductor but eventually left, at least in part, because he chafed at playing second fiddle to the superstar Italian. During his time at NBC, though, Rodzinski was given his own broadcast concerts, very few of which have surfaced for collectors. This remarkable document from St. Laurent Studio is a very valuable find. It does suffer from the stifling acoustic of Studio 8H, but the transfer is excellent, perfectly pitched and remarkably clean for a 1938 radio broadcast....
This is an extremely important document of a conductor who made significant contributions to America’s musical life, and whose work deserves to be valued more highly than it has been. And it is also serves to document the noble experiment of a commercial broadcasting company willing to form its own symphony orchestra. Heard here in its first year of existence, the NBC Symphony Orchestra was clearly a historic achievement.”
- Henry Fogel, FANFARE