RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra was also the credit given to Symphony of the Air, the ensemble created during the autumn of 1954 from former members of the disbanded NBC Symphony Orchestra, on the Victory at Sea album series. In the early 1960s the orchestra was disbanded when RCA moved much of its recording activity to Europe and established the Orchestra della RCA Italiana (aka RCA Italiana Orchestra).

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The RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, sometimes also known as the RCA Victor Salon Orchestra and the RCA Victor Orchestra, was an American studio orchestra founded in 1940 by the RCA Victor music label for the purposes of making recordings. Originally established as a salon orchestra based at RCA Victor headquarters in Camden, New Jersey, the group was created by RCA staff conductor Nathaniel Shilkret. The name later was used for free-lance orchestras, mainly in New York City, assembled as needed to make recordings for RCA through the early 1960s. Its players included those from the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the NBC Symphony, and other major ensembles. The RCA Victor Orchestra recorded with notable conductors including Leopold Stokowski and Leonard Bernstein. A number of their recordings received Grammy Awards. In the early 1960s the orchestra was disbanded when RCA moved much of its recording activity to Europe and established the RCA Italiana Orchestra at its studios in Rome.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 The Rubinstein Collection, Volume 38: Piano Concerto no. 2, 2 Intermezzos, Rhapsody Johannes Brahms; Arthur Rubinstein, RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Josef Krips 1
1993 Symphony no. 41 'Jupiter' / Piano Concerto no. 21 'Elvira Madigan' Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; James Levine, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Rubinstein, RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra 1
1994 Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite / Kabalevsky: The Comedians Khachaturian, Kabalevsky; Kiril Kondrashin, RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra 1
1997 La bohème (1956 studio cast) Puccini; Victoria de los Ángeles, Jussi Björling, Amara, Merrill, Reardon, Tozzi, RCA Victor Chorus & Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 5
1999 Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite / Kabalevsky: The Comedians / Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien / Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol Khachaturian, Kabalevsky, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov; Kiril Kondrashin, RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra 1
2003 Il Trovatore Giuseppe Verdi; RCA Victor Orchestra, Renato Cellini, Jussi Björling, Leonard Warren, Zinka Milanov, Fedora Barbieri 1
2003 Piano Concerto no. 1 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Kiril Kondrashin, Van Cliburn 1
2005 Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 Rachmaninoff, Beethoven; Vladimir Horowitz, RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner 1
Home Video Album (The RCA Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor Morton Gould) RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Der Rosenkavalier Suite / Bolero / Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy Richard Strauss; RCA Symphony Orchestra / Maurice Ravel; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky; National Philharmonic Orchestra / Charles Gerhardt, conductor 1
2001 Vieuxtemps: Violin Concertos nos. 4 & 5 / Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso / Havanaise / Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen / Waxman: "Carmen" Fantasy Vieuxtemps, Saint-Saëns, Sarasate, Waxman; Jascha Heifetz, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, RCA Victor Orchestra, John Barbirolli, Malcolm Sargent, Donald Voorhees 1
Symphonia Domestica / Tod und Verklärung Strauss; Chicago Symphony, RCA Victor Orchestra, Fritz Reiner 1

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