Last month the Classics a Day team chose vintage recordings as the theme. Specifically, recordings made before the LP era. This month, the focus moves forward in time a little, to the early LP era. This runs from 1948 to about 1958, with the advent of stereo recording.
In that era (as with other eras of recording) composers conducted their own works, legendary performances were preserved, and occasionally history was made.
Here are my posts for the third week of #ClassicalTimeMachine (early LPs).
11/16/20 Wilma Lipp – “Der Hölle Rache” (EMI, 1951)
This was part of a staging of Die Zauberflote at the Salzburg Festival, 1950. Wilhelm Furtwangler conducted the Vienna Philharmonic.
11/17/20 Janos Starker – Kodaly: Sonata for unaccompanied cello (Columbia, 1950)
Starker consulted with Kodaly on the performance of this work. He recorded it four times (this is the second).
11/18/20 Arthur Rubinstein – Beethoven (RCA 1949)
Rubinstein recorded about 107 hours of music for RCA. This was his first recording of Beethoven’s “Pathetique” sonata.
11/19/20 Vlado Perlemuter – Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (Pathe Vox, 1955)
Perlemuter spent six months with Ravel learning to perform his music per the composer’s wishes. This concerto was recorded in 1955 with Jascha Horenstein and the Orchestra des Concerts Colonne.
11/20/20 Leroy Anderson – Fiddle Faddle (RCA, 1947)
Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops were the first to record Leroy Anderson’s music. This was part of a 1947 session. All were later rerecorded in higher fidelity.