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I have often wondered,what is the earliest surviving recording of a symphony orchestra radio broadcast?
 
> Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:51:58 -0700
> From: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Ford Sunday Evening Hour broadcasts
> To: [log in to unmask]
> 
> Yes, 
> 
> February 10, 1922, as noted in the posting, so the DSO beat the NY Phil by 6 months. 
> 
> However, as a consolation, it appears that NYPO had the first national broadcast in 1930, 
> 4 years before the DSO began their Ford Hour broadcasts.
> 
> 
> -- Leo Gillis
> 
> --------------------------------------------
> On Thu, 3/20/14, Steven Smolian <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
>  Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Ford Sunday Evening Hour broadcasts
>  To: [log in to unmask]
>  Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 7:24 PM
>  
>  Can you supply date?
>  
>  New York Phil. Many summer Concerts were complete, the first
>  being 8/11/22.  
>  
>  Steve Smolian
>  
>  -----Original Message-----
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>  On Behalf Of Leo Gillis
>  Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2014 3:09 PM
>  To: [log in to unmask]
>  Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Ford Sunday Evening Hour broadcasts
>  
>  Hi Steve,
>  
>  There certainly were earlier broadcasts of classical music
>  on the radio but it seems that the DSO was the first to do a
>  full concert.
>  
>  This is from the DSO website:
>  
>  "In 1922, Gabrilowitsch led the orchestra and guest pianist
>  Artur Schnabel in the world's first radio broadcast of a
>  symphonic concert on WWJ-AM. "
>  
>  and from last.fm:
>  
>  "The DSO performed the world’s first radio broadcast of a
>  symphonic concert on February 10, 1922 with pianist Artur
>  Schnabel, and became the first nationally broadcast radio
>  orchestra on the Ford Sunday Evening Hour, later Ford
>  Symphony Hour from 1934 to 1942 on the Columbia Broadcast
>  System."
>  
>  and from the Schabel Music Foundation:
>  
>  "Feb. 1922 --Schnabel coincidentally participated in the
>  first live radio broadcast of a complete symphony orchestra
>  concert. This was in Detroit, Michigan during his first
>  American tour."
>  
>  
>  There are only four instances of Schnabel mentioned in the
>  performance archives of the DSO. The first two are for
>  identical concerts on Feb. 9 and 10, 1922; the second
>  performance was the one broadcast on WWJ (which, however,
>  was still WBL at that time, and did not receive the call
>  letters WWJ until March 3, 1922):
>  
>  
>  Tenth Programme
>  Subscription 10 
>  
>  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
>  Thursday, February 09, 1922 
>  
>  Artists
>  Ossip Gabrilowtisch, conductor
>  Artur Schnabel, Piano
>   
>  Program
>  Mendelssohn -  Overture from Calm Sea and Prosperous
>  Voyage, Op. 27 Brahms -  Piano Concerto No.1 in D
>  minor, Op.15 Intermission Tchaikovsky -  Symphony No. 6
>  in B minor, Op. 74, "Pathétique"
>  
>  
>  So when did the NYPO start their broadcasts? From their site
>  we have:
>  
>  "Aug. 11, 1922 -    First broadcast by a
>  major symphony orchestra, New York Philharmonic, 
>  program conducted by Willem van Hoogstraten from Lewisohn
>  Stadium."
>  
>  
>  -- Leo Gillis
>  
>  --------------------------------------------
>  On Thu, 3/20/14, Steven Smolian <[log in to unmask]>
>  wrote:
>  
>   Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Ford Sunday Evening Hour
>  broadcasts
>   To: [log in to unmask]
>   Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 5:26 PM
>   
>   Hi, there, DDR et al,
>   
>   The New York Philharmonic was being broadcast regularly
>  the
>   previous year.  
>   
>   Steve Smolian
>   
>   -----Original Message-----
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>   On Behalf Of Dennis Rooney
>   Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:12 PM
>   To: [log in to unmask]
>   Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Ford Sunday Evening Hour
>  broadcasts
>   
>   The 1923 broadcasts are authentic but unrecorded. The were
>   conducted by
>   Gabrilowitsch. They may have been the first radio
>  broadcast
>   of a regular
>   symphony orchestra concert. The Minneapolis Symphony under
>   Verbrugghen also
>   broadcast in that same year.
>   
>   DDR
>   
>   
>   On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 7:41 PM, John Haley <[log in to unmask]>
>   wrote:
>   
>   > Thanks, Leo.  Great info.
>   > Best, John
>   >
>   >
>   > On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 7:06 PM, Leo Gillis <[log in to unmask]>
>   wrote:
>   >
>   > > The online archives of the DSO for the Ford
>  Sunday
>   Evening Hour goes 
>   > > from
>   > > 2/16/1934 to 3/8/1947. A couple are listed for
>   1923, but I'm not 
>   > > sure if those are correct.
>   > >
>   > > http://www.dso.org/performanceTitle.aspx?page_id=648
>   > >
>   > > The list of conductors includes:  Victor
>   Kolar, Fritz Reiner, Mischa 
>   > > Levitsky, Alexander Smallens, Charles Hackett,
>   Richard Bonelli, Sir
>   > Ernest
>   > > MacMillan, Emma Otero, Franco Ghione, Elwyn
>   Carter, Andre 
>   > > Kostelanetz,
>   > Sir
>   > > John Barbirolli, Sir Thomas Beecham, Wilfrid
>   Pelletier, Jose Iturbi,
>   > George
>   > > Szell, Sir Eugene Ormandy, Reginald Stewart,
>   Artur, Rodzinaksi, 
>   > > Eugene Goossens, Victor Kolar, Harold Koch,
>  Dmitri
>   Mitropoulos, Karl 
>   > > Krueger, William Steinberg, Leonard Bernstein,
>   Efrem Kurtz, and C.
>   Valter Poole.
>   > >
>   > > The first few years were all Kolar, (DSO
>  principal
>   conductor) then 
>   > > Reiner and Ormandy began appearing. Kolar,
>  Reiner,
>   Ormandy, Iturbi, 
>   > > Pelletier
>   > and
>   > > Beecham did numerous performances, and many of
>   these in later years 
>   > > were held at the Music Hall, another fine, small
>   venue in downtown 
>   > > Detroit, still in operation. Several of the
>   listings unfortunately 
>   > > do not include the performance venue.
>   > >
>   > > -- Leo Gillis
>   > >
>   > >
>   > >  On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM, Don Tait
>   ([log in to unmask])
>  
>   
>   > > <  [log in to unmask]>
>   > >  wrote:
>   > >
>   > >  > I have tapes or private CD-Rs of some
>   of those  broadcasts. From  
>   > > circa  > 1941/2. Each 30 minutes. All I
>   have are conducted by  Fritz 
>   > > Reiner, who  > presumably took the train
>   up from Pittsburgh for the  
>   > > gig. I got the  > recordings  >
>   from  fellow Reiner collectors and 
>   > > have no idea  who might  have
>   conducted  > other  > programs. As one 
>   > > might expect, the selections are short 
>   and  the musical  > gruel is 
>   > > pretty thin. The "theme music" for each 
>   program is the  French  > 
>   > > horn  > "bedtime" music from Hansel und
>   Gretel.
>   > >  >
>   > >  >   I do not remember
>   whether the
>   > >  announcer(s) said  from where the
>   > >  > broadcasts originated. Sorry.
>   > >  >
>   > >  >   Don Tait
>   > >  >
>   > >  >
>   > >  > In a message dated 3/18/2014 3:38:10
>   P.M. Central  Daylight Time,  
>   > > > [log in to unmask]
>   > >  writes:
>   > >  >
>   > >  > Starting  in 1934 and continuing
>   for a number of  years 
>   > > thereafter, the  > Detroit 
>  Symphony
>   appeared on a radio program, 
>   > > the  Ford Symphony Hour.
>   > >  >  Some
>   > >  > of  the most distinguished
>   conductors of that time  regularly 
>   > > guested on  > this  > show,
>  which
>   also featured big name soloists.
>   > >  Preserved  broadcasts show
>   > >  > that the orchestra was an excellent
>  one
>   during this  period,  and 
>   > > the  > acoustics audible on these
>   recordings sound OK, with a  touch 
>   > > of  nice hall  > ambiance.  A
>   number of these broadcasts are sought  
>   > > after by  collectors.  I  >
>   don't know where these shows were 
>   > > recorded, but I  assume they predate
>   the  > Ford Auditorium referred 
>   > > to  previously.
>   > >  >
>   > >  > Best,
>   > >  > John Haley
>   > >
>   > >
>   >
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