Classics of the Phonograph

Bruno Walter

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Bruno Walter und Yehudin Menuhin Wikimedia Commons

The great German conductor Bruno Walter made many records from the late 1920s to the end of the 1930s. Dismissed from his job in Germany by the Nazis in 1933, he found refuge in Austria until 1938, then was forced to go to France. Along the way he made many memorable recordings, in London, in Vienna, and in Paris. On Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, a sampling of those recordings will be heard.



Wagner: Tannhauser, Act. I, Venusberg Music, Walter conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (not Beecham's 1945 orchestra), 1926 recording
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466, movement 1; Bruno Walter, pianist and conductor, Vienna Philharmonic, 1937 recording
Mahler: Symphony 5, Adagietto; Walter conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, 1938 recording
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, movs. 1 and 4; Walter conducting the Paris Conservatory Orchestra, 1939 recording