Click on the link here for Audio Player – NBC Symphony, guest conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos with Astrid Varnay, soprano – December 23, 1945 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
A historic concert from the fabled NBC Symphony. This one featuring guest Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos and Soprano Astrid Varnay was broadcast live on December 23, 1945. I don’t think you would call it a Christmas Concert per se, but it is a concert with meat on its bones. And that’s always good for the holiday season.
The concert starts off with a Bach transcription of the Chorale and Prelude; We All Believe In One Creator and then goes over to the then-contemporary Arnold Schoenberg for an orchestral setting of his String Quartet Number 2 featuring Soprano Astrid Varnay. The concert concludes with another contemporary composer, Elie Siegmeister‘s Ozark Set.
All good and solid for that December 23rd in 1945 as narrated by the inimitable Ben Grauer and played by the snap NBC Symphony.