Classics of the Phonograph

Dean Dixon

 
Dean Dixon

Dean Dixon in 1940 Wikimedia Commons

Dean Dixon (1915-1976) was the first Black classical music conductor to gain widespread fame. Tired of prejudice here, in 1949 he went to Europe and became famous. In the early days of LP, he made many pioneering recordings of American music. On Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will sample the wide range of Dixon's records.

Playlist:

Dvorak | Cello Concerto No. 2 in A Minor, mov. 1
Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Westminster Records
Dean Dixon, conductor
Antonio Janigro, cello

Edward MacDowell | Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor
Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Westminster Records
Dean Dixon, conductor
Vivian Rivkin, pianist
(Note: Dixon and Rivkin were at that time married.)

Randall Thompson | Symphony No. 2, (1932)
Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Desto Records (originally American Recording Society) 
Dean Dixon, conductor