Classics of the Phonograph

Beethoven in the 1950s

statue of Beethoven

"BEETHON" by Hans Weingartz - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 de via Wikimedia Commons

Two of the outstanding Austrian/German conductors of the 1950s were Eric Kleiber and Joseph Keilberth. They were famous in the opera house as well as in the concert hall. Both of them recorded some of the Beethoven Symphonies with various orchestras in the period when the transition from monaural to stereo recording was taking place.

On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will sample some of their Beethoven recordings.