Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra
Do you remember when the major U.S. television networks had their own orchestras?
I wasn’t alive at the time so, to me — an inveterate classical music lover — that bygone era seems like a sort of Camelot, or maybe more like Brigadoon –Â the musical byÂ Alan Jay Lerner andÂ Frederick Loewe about a mysterious ScottishÂ village that appears for only one day every hundred years. These orchestras live on in our minds (and on Youtube).
Indeed, luckily, we still have audio and video recordings of these great orchestras to satisfy our nostalgic palet.
Here’s some video of Arturo Toscanini leading the NBC Orchestra in Richard Wagner’sÂ Lohengrin Prelude to Act III. Note Toscanini’s all but silent left hand, and also note the vim with which the orchestra plays.
They don’t make ‘em like that anymore.