Classics of the Phonograph

Deutsche Grammophon

a stack of CDs

CD stack. By mutednarayan - CD stack 02, public domain via Wikimedia Commons

Like other record labels around 1950, Deutsche Grammophon faced the challenge of accepting the long playing disc. The managers of this label issued their first LPs in 1951, and what they call the mono era lasted until 1957. In 2016, DGG issued a box, containing 51 CDs, which present a cross section of this mono era. On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear orchestral music conducted by Furtwaengler, Fricsay, Jochum, Leitner, and Maazel. 


Haydn: Symphony No. 100, "Military," excerpts, Bamberg Symphony, Ferdinand Leitner cond.

Mozart: Symphony No. 36, "Linz," excerpts, Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Eugen Jochum

Schubert: Symphony No. 9, finale, Berlin Philharmonic, Wilhelm Furtwaengler

Mendelssohn: Incidental Music from "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Nocturne and Wedding March, Berlin Philharmonic, Ferenc Fricsay

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, "At Juliet's Tomb," "Tybalt's Death," Berlin Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel