Classics of the Phonograph

Celebrating an under-celebrated conductor

A man conducting an orchestra

Hans Rosbaud conducts in 1954. Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F001346-0001 / Unterberg, Rolf / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Hans Rosbaud was an Austrian conductor who has been called one of the unsung heroes of 20th century music. As conductor of the South-West German Radio Orchestra of Baden-Baden, he championed the symphonies of Bruckner and Mahler, and then contemporary composers such as Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Bartok. His wide range of repertory also included the operas of Gluck and Mozart.

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