Nicolai Malko (1883-1961) studied at St Petersburg under : Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov ; Alex Glazunov ; Anatoly Liadov ; and, finally Alex Tcherepnin ; before beginning his professional conductorship in the city, in pre-revolution 1908.
After WWI, he became a professor in Moscow, then in the re-named Leningrad, before coming to wider notice, when he premiered Dmitri Shostakovich's First Symphony, in 1926.
He left his home-nation two years later, appearing in Prague, Vienna, London and Copenhagen (-he especially was an admirer of Scandinavian music during his career, conducting and recording works by Carl Nielsen, Johan Svendsen and Harald Saeverud, among others, although strangely none of Nielsen's, nor Sibelius' symphonies! -), before he lived and taught in the US for almost sixteen years.
From 1956, until his death in 1961, he lived in Sydney, where he succeeded Sir Eugene Goossens, as the city's principal conductor.
Disc One :-
1) Ruslan & Ludmilla Overture, by Glinka (rec.Feb 56 ; 5:26).
Symphony No.2 in B minor, by Borodin (rec.Sep 55 ; 28:19) :-
2) I Allegro - Animato assai 3) II Scherzo. Prestissimo - Allegretto 4) III Andante 5) IV Finale. Allegro.
6) The Snow Maiden, by Rimsky-Korsakov (rec.Mar 56 ; 5:24).
Selections from Nutcracker Suite Op.71a, by Tchaikovsky (rec.Feb 56 ; 9:14) :-
7) Marche 8) Dance of Sugar Plum Fairy 9) Russian Dance 10) Chinese Dance 11) Dance of the Reed Pipes.
Symphony No.7 Op.131, by Prokofiev (rec.Feb 55 ; 29:53) :-
12) I Moderato 13) II Allegretto - Allegro 14) III Andante espressivo 15) IV Vivace - Moderato marcato.
Disc Two :-
Symphony No.92 "Oxford" in G major, by Josef Haydn (rec.Apr 53 ; 25:50):-
1) I Adagio 2) II Adagio 3) III Menuet. Allegretto - Trio 4) IV Finale. Presto.
5) Poet & Peasant Overture, by von Suppe (rec.Feb 56 ; 9:51).
Symphony No.9 "New World" in E minor Op.95, by Dvorak (rec.Feb 56 ; 38:29) :-
6) I Adagio - Allegro molto 7) II Largo 8) III Molto vivace 9) IV Allegro con fuoco.
10) Masquerade Overture, by Nielsen (rec.Sep 47 ; 3:50).
Both Discs are in EX condition.