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 fourth and final week of #ClassicalTimeMachine (early LPs).
11/23/20 Beethoven – String Quartet Op. 18, No. 1 (Columbia, 1952)
The Budapest Quartet (founded in 1917) was in its 3rd incarnation when it recorded the Beethoven string quartets over a 2-year period.
11/24/20 Haydn – Symphony No. 48 (Supraphon, 1951)
Hermann Scherchen recorded this with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. It was first released on shellac, then on LP coupled with a second Haydn symphony Hans Swarowsky conducting.
11/25/20 Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Melodyia, 1951)
Sviatoslav Richter recorded this with Kurt Sanderling and the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Melodyia studios. it has been released and released on 14 labels (LP), and 13 others (CD).
11/27/20 Gould – Spirituals for Orchestra (Mercury, 1953)
Antal Dorati and the Minnesota orchestra recorded this 1941 work in Minneapolis for Mercury. It was issued in “Hi-Fi Mono” originally.