Artur Rodzinski (1892-1958) was born into a Polish military family, in Dalmatia. He spent WWI in Vienna, studying first law, then music (the latter as a pupil of : Joseph Marx ; Franz Schreker ; Franz Schalk and Emil von Sauer).
Spending a few more years, back in his birth-nation, Rodzinski made his conducting debut in 1920, in Lwow, followed by appearances in both concert and opera, in Warsaw. Fellow-Pole and -conducting legend, Leo Stokowski heard him there in 1924, and immediately invited Rodzinski to be his assistant with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the US, a position Rodzinski held until 1929.
He then led four major US Orchestras, in succession : L.A. (1929-33) ; Cleveland (1933-43) ; N.Y. (1943-47) ; and, Chicago (1947/48). The effects of this immense workload, on his health, plus conflicts with management, precipitated severe health problems, and Rodzinski conducted little between 1948-52.
He spent his final years in both Italy and the US, his final performances being "Tristan & Isolde" in Chicago, 1958 (the recording of selections from this Richard Wagner opera, are from eleven years earlier, in the same city).
Disc One :-
1) Russian Easter Festival Op.36, by Rimsky-Korsakov (rec.May 58 ; 14:40).
2) Khovanstchina Prelude, by Mussorgsky (rec.May 58 ; 5:26).
Symphony No.2 in E minor Op.27, by Rachmaninov (rec.Nov 45 ; 42:59) :-
3) I Largo - Allegro moderato - Moderato 4) II Allegro molto 5) III Adagio 6) IV Allegro vivace.
7) William Tell Overture, by Rossini (rec.Nov 50 ; 11:19).
Disc Two :-
Selections from The Valkyrie, by Wagner (rec.Apr 55 ; 11:23) :-
1) Ride of the Valkyries 2) Magic Fire Music.
Selections from Twilight of the Gods, by Wagner (rec.Apr 55 ; 16:24) :-
3) Dawn & Siegfried's Rhine Journey 4) Funeral March.
Selections from Tristan & Isolde, by Wagner (rec.Dec. 47 ; 16:18) :-
5) Prelude to Act I 6) Isolde's Liebestod.
7) Dance of Seven Veils, from "Salome", by Richard Strauss (rec.Sep 57 ; 9:09).
8) Death & Transfiguration, by R Strauss (rec.Apr 58 ; 23:25).
Disc One is in EX condition.
Disc Two is in EX+ condition.