The long-running television version of the long-running NBC radio series devoted to classical music as well as Broadway composers.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »
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The Bell Telephone Orchestra ...
 Themselves / ... (30 episodes, 1960-1966)
The Buster Davis Singers ...
 Themselves / ... (13 episodes, 1961-1966)
Mel Brandt ...
 Himself - Announcer / ... (13 episodes, 1959-1965)
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The long-running television version of the long-running NBC radio series devoted to classical music as well as Broadway composers.

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12 January 1959 (USA)  »

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The Telephone Hour  »

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Was one of the first TV series to be telecast exclusively in color (using the color TV system perfected by RCA in 1954) and recorded on videotape. Many of the taped performances (several now 50 years old) survive to this day. See more »

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Nilsson in Recital
29 December 2003 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Soprano Birgit Nilsson is featured in a solo 45-minute opera recital, taken from a Bell Telephone Hour color telecast.

Beginning with "In Questa Reggia" from Puccini's "Turandot," Nilsson demonstrates she can sing works other than Wagner with great effectiveness.

The air, "Come Unto Me" from Handel's "Messiah" is given a smooth rendition, and Rossini's "Inflammatus et Acensus" presents Mme. Nilsson paired with a strong chorus of mixed voices.

The ensemble performs Faure's lovely "Sanctus" from "Requiem" by itself, and Nilsson concludes the program with three favorite arias, "Pace, Pace Mio Dio" from Verdi's "La Forza del Destino," "Vissi d'Arte" from Puccini's "Tosca" and finally "Brunnhilde's Immolation" from Wagner's "Die Gotterdammerung."

This last rendering, along with an earlier "Elisabeth's Prayer" from "Tannhauser," clearly shows Nilsson's instrument being ideally suited to the Wagnerian repertoire. Not only does she excel in cutting through that composer's often heavy orchestration, but her true personality comes vividly to life in German heroines.

Donald Vorhees beautifully conducts the Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra in this collector's item, produced by Henry Jaffe. Kultur Videos is responsible for having preserved this treasure, and making it available for today's public.


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