Classics of the Phonograph

Famous Recording Debuts

Enrico Caruso, 1873-1921

Enrico Caruso, 1873-1921 By Copyright by Chickering, Boston. - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3b09188.

It must be the dream of young performers to make that special recording that makes them world famous, and is the guarantee of a successful career. Such was the experience of Glenn Gould, whose recording of Bach's "Goldberg Variations" was released in 1956 to widespread acclaim. And there were others, such as the tenor Enrico Caruso, and the pianist Van Cliburn, who made famous recording debuts.

On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, you can hear some of these debut recordings.