Classics of the Phonograph

Early Wagner Conductors


By Pierre Petit - Third party reproduction from Die Bildnisse Richard Wagners (The Portraits of Richard Wagner), a 1970 publication reproducing all the known portraits (photographs, drawings, paintings, likenesses) of Wagner made during his lifetime

With the coming of electric recording in 1925, there was an explosion of orchestral recording, difficult to do by the acoustic process. Richard Wagner had revolutionized orchestral writing in the 19th century, and there was in the later 1920s a rush to get Wagner's orchestral music recorded by the new electric process. On Saturday at 11 a.m. on this week’s Classics of the Phonograph, we will hear Wagner as recorded by Leopold Stokowski, Carl Muck, Albert Coates and others.