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i found a few hits on Rudolph Mengelberg but nothing I could read for free.

joe salerno

John Ross wrote:
> Here's a list of "Orchestras of the World" transcriptions. It's entirely 
> possible that I also have the missing sequence numbers among the large 
> stack of SESAC and AFN discs that I got at the same time.
> 
> Obviously, each program was split onto four 16-inch sides, in 
> "broadcast" sequence, so the radio station's board operator could go 
> from each side to the next one on a second turntable, without 
> interruption. E.g., Sides 1 and 3 were on one disc, and sides 2 and 4 on 
> the other. There appear to have been at least fifteen separate one-hour 
> programs.
> 
> It's clear that each program features a major national orchestra playing 
> native composers from that country. With obvious exceptions, I have to 
> say that I've never heard of many of the composers.
> 
> Any additional information will be most welcome.
> 
> Orchestras of the World
> 
> Ref No. SSZ2    Austria Vienna Philharmonic, Rudolf Morait, conducting
>         2       Franz Schmidt: Zwischenspiel aus Notre Dame
>         4       Schubert: Fifth Symphony (Continued)
> 
> Ref No. SSZ3    Denmark     Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Launy 
> Grondahl, cond
>         1       Knudage Riisager: Erasmus Montanus
>                 Svend Erik Tarp: Battle of Jericho (1st Part)
>         3       Carl Nielson: Second Symphony (2nd Part)
> 
> Ref No. SSZ4    Denmark Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Launy Grondahl, 
> cond
>         2       Svend Erik Tarp: Battle of Jericho (Concl)
>                 Carl Nielson: Second Symphony (1st Part)
>         4       Carl Nielson: Second Symphony (Concl)
> 
> Ref No. SSZ5    Italy   Turin Symphony Orchestra, Mario Rossi conducting
>         1       Monteverdi: Symphonic Excerpts "Orfeo"
>                 Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra (1st Part)
>         3       Rossini: Italian in Algiers (concluded)
>                 Verdi: Overture to "The Force of Destiny"
> 
> Ref No. SSZ6    Italy   Turin Symphony Orchestra, Mario Rossi conducting
>         2       Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra (Concluded)
>                 Rossini: Italian in Algiers (First Part)
>         4       Respighi: Fountains of Rome
> 
> Ref. No. SSZ7   Greece  Greek State Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Philotetes 
> Oikonomedes, cond
>         1       Antiochis Evangelatos: Overture to a Drama
>                 Marios Vavaaglion" Suite Pastoral (1st Part)
>         3       Petros Petridis: Greek Dances
>                 Manolis Calomiris: Triptichion (1st Part)
> 
> Ref. No. SSZ8   Greece  Greek State Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Philotetes 
> Oikonomedes, cond
>         2       Marios Vavaglios: Suite Pastorale (Concl)
>         4       Manolis Calomiris: Triptichon (Concluded)
> 
> Ref No. SSZ9    Germany RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Ferenc Fricsay, cond
>         1       Bach: Second Brandenberg Concerto (First Part)
>         3       Boris Blacher: Variations on the Paganini Theme 
> (Conclusion)
>                 Werner Egks: French Suite (First Part)
> 
> Ref No. SSZ10   Germany         RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Ferenc Fricsay, 
> cond
>         2       Bach: Second Brandenburg Concerto (Conclusion)
>                 Boris Blacher: Variations on the Paganini Theme (First 
> Part)
>         4       Werner Egks: French Suite (Conclusion)
> 
> Ref. No. SSZ11  Norway  Oslo Philharominc, Odd Gruner-Hegge, cond
>         1       Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor (First movement)
>         3       Johan Halvorsen: Norwegian Rhapsody No. 1
> 
> 
> Ref No. SSZ12   Norway  Oslo Philharominc, Odd Gruner-Hegge, cond
>         2       Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor (2nd and 3rd Movements)
>         4       Johann Svendsen: Carnival in Paris
> 
> Ref No. SSZ13   Britain BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult, cond
>         1       Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for Strings
>         3       Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6 (second and Third 
> Movements)
> 
> Ref No. SSZ14   Britain BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult, cond
>         2       Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6 (1st Movement)
>         4       Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6 (End Third and Fourth 
> Movement)
> 
> Ref No. SSZ15   Ireland Radio Eireann Symphony Orchestra, Jean Martinon, 
> cond
>         1       Charles Stanford: Overture to the Opera "Shamus O'Brien"
>                 Redmond Friel: Two Linked Melodies from Donegal
>         3.      J. F. Larchet: Tinker's Wedding (Conclusion)
>                 Hamilton Harty: With the Wild Geese (First Part)
> 
> Ref No. SSZ16   Ireland Radio Eireann Symphony Orchestra, Jean Martinon cnd
>         2       E.J. Moeran: Serenade in G (First part)
>         4       Hamilton Harty: With the Wild Geese (Last three movements)
> 
> Ref No. SS19    Portugal        Symphony Orchestra of the Portugese 
> National Radio, Pedro de Freita-Branco, cond
>         1       Joly Brage Santos: The Second Overture
>         3       Luis de Freitas-Branco: Alentejo Suite No. 1 (3rd Movement)
> 
> Ref SSZ221      Sweden  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sten Frykberg, 
> cond
>         1       Dag Wiren: Alla Marcia
>                 William Seymer: Sun Flower
>                 Wilhelm Petersen-Berger: Froso Flowers
>         3       Hugo Alven: Midsummer Eve (Conclusion)
>                 Evert Taubee: Medley of Swedish Folk Music (First Part)
> 
> Ref No. SSZ22   Sweden  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sten Frykberg, 
> cond
>         2       Wilhelm Peterson-Berger: Froso Flowers
>                 Hugo Alven: Midsummer Eve (1st Part)
>         4       Evert Taube: Medley of Swedish Folk Music (Conclusion)
>                 Erik Larsen: Pastoral Suite
> 
> Ref No. SSZ24   Belgium Belgian National Radio Symphony. Daniel 
> Sternfeld, Condunctiing
>         2       Andre Gretry:   Village Dances
>         4       Robert Herberigs: Anthony and Cleopatra (Conclusion)
> 
> Ref No. SSZ25   Turkey  Presidential Philharmonic Orchestra, Hasan Ferit 
> Alnar, Conducting
>         1       Alnar: Prelude and Two Dances
>         3       Necil Kazim Akses: Poems for Cello
> 
> Ref. No. SSZ26  Turkey  Presidential Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Erkin, 
> Conducting
>         2       Ulvi Cemal Erkin: Dance Rhapsody
>         4       Ulvi Cemal Erkin: Second Movement of First Symphony
> 
> Ref. No. SSZ27  Switzerland     Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Edmond 
> Appia, cond
>         1       Emile Jaques Dalcroze: La Suisse est Belle (Part 1)
>         3       Roger Vuataz: Petit Concert (Conclusion)
>                 Pierre Wissmer: Le Bal chez Sylvie (Part 1)
> 
> Ref No. SSZ28   Switzerland     Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Edmond 
> Appia, cond
>         2       Emile Jacques Dalcroze: La Suisse est Belle (Conclusion)
>                 Roger Vuataz: Petit Concert (Part 1)
>         4       Pierre Wissmer: Le Bal chez Sylvie (Conclusion)
> 
> 
> Ref No. SSZ29   Netherlands     Concertgebouw Orchestra, Eduard van 
> Beinum, cond  (2 copies)
>         1       Johan Wagenlaar: Taming of the Shrew
>                 Alex Voormolen: Concerto for 2 Oboes (1st Movement)
>         3       Jan van Gilse: Song of Tagore
>                 Hans Henkemans: Passacaglia and Gigue (Part 1)
> 
> Ref No. SSZ30   Netherlands     Concertgebouw Orchestra, Eduard van 
> Beinum, cond  (2 copies)
>         2       Alex Voormolen: Concerto for 2 Oboes (2nd and 3rd 
> Movements)
>         4       Hans Henkemans: Passacaglia and Gigue (Part 2)
>                 Rudolf Mengelberg: Hymn to Amsterdam
> 
> 
> John Ross
> =====
> 
> At  7/21/2008 01:02 PM, Joe Salerno wrote:
>> I believe I have some on tape - Mackenzie lists it as a 1951 series, and
>> cites 13 as the highest issue number in the series, if I read correctly
>>
>> There was also Orchestras of the Nation and Orchestras of the West.
>>
>> John, do you have a list of the selections/performers on your 
>> transcriptions?
>>
>> joe salerno
>>
>>
>> John Ross wrote:
>>> Does anybody have information about a series of 16-inch transcription 
>>> discs called "Orchestras of the World; Produced by the Economic 
>>> Cooperation Administration"? Probably from around 1950.
>>> They're fully produced radio programs of performances by European 
>>> orchestras (BBC Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, RIAS, Concertgebouw, 
>>> Suisse Romande, Radio Eireann Symphony, etc etc.) with introductions 
>>> and "intermission" interviews related to postwar economic development.
>>> Are these things taken from commercial recordings or from domestic 
>>> live concert or studio broadcasts? Are they documented anywhere?
>>> John Ross
>