Eugene Ormandy - one of the most frequently recorded conductors in history.

Eugene Ormandy Conducts The Minneapolis Symphony In Concert – 1936 Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Eugene Ormandy - one of the most frequently recorded conductors in history.
Eugene Ormandy (in the 1930s) – one of the most frequently recorded conductors in history.

– NBC-Blue Network – RCA Magic Key – Minneapolis Symphony, Eugene Ormandy, conductor + Mischa Levitski, piano recital from Chicago – March 1, 1936 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

Diving into more rare concerts this week. This time it’s a concert from March 1936 with the Minneapolis Symphony conducted by then-Music Director Eugene Ormandy. The concert broadcast dates from March 1, 1936 and it commemorates the completion of their nationwide tour as well as one of the last concerts conducted by Ormandy before he was to leave and assume duties with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ormandy also narrates the program.

Also, by way of a bonus, is a portion of a recital by famed pianist Mischa Levitski, broadcasting from Chicago.

This was during a time network radio was making huge headway and the technology made switching from one live venue to another a very exciting event for audiences. And since The Magic Key, a radio program sponsored by RCA Victor Records, featuring artists under contract to Victor, the extra added bonus of being able to listen to these artists live, from different points in the country, as well as around the world, was just one more huge technological advance.

This was cutting-edge technology at the time and was truly considered a wonder of the age.

So bear that in mind, while you’re listening to this concert. It’s exactly how they heard it on March 1, 1936.

Buy Me A Coffee

As you know, we’ve suspended indefinitely our ads in order to make Past Daily a better
experience for you without all the distractions and pop-ups. Because of that, we’re relying more on your support through Patreon to keep us up and running every day. For as little as $5.00 a month you can make a huge difference as well as be able to download all of our posts for free (news, history, music). You’ll see a banner just below. Click on that and become a subscriber – it’s easy, painless and does a world of good.

Liked it? Take a second to support Past Daily on Patreon!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


%d bloggers like this: