Classics of the Phonograph

The National Symphony Orchestra

Kennedy Center seen from the Potomac River.

Kennedy Center seen from the Potomac River. By Tom - Own work, CC BY 3.0,

The National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., was started by the cello virtuoso Hans Kindler in 1931. Operating on a shoe string during the Great Depression, this orchestra was given in 1940 a recording contract by RCA Victor. During the 1940s, this ensemble, led by Kindler, made a series of recordings that gave the orchestra a national reputation to march its title.

On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear some of this orchestra's premier recordings.

Playlist (The National Symphony Orchestra, Hans Kindler conducting)

Frescobaldi | Toccata, arr. by Kindler (spurious)
Weinberger | Czech Rhapsody
Liszt (arr. Kindler) | Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6
Mussorgsky (arr. Kindler) | Love Music from "Boris Godunov"
Lecuona (arr. Morton Gould") | Andalucía
William Schuman | Academic Festival Overture
Brahms | Symphony No. 3, mov. 1