Classics of the Phonograph

Hollywood String Quartet

Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California

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Hollywood film studios of the 1940s would seem to be a strange breeding ground for a famous string quartet, but it did happen. The violinist Felix Slatkin, who played for Warner Brothers, and the cellist Eleanor Aller, who played for 20th Century Fox, met, and married in 1939, and started the Hollywood String Quartet, which became one of the most famous chamber music ensembles of the 1950s.

On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear some of their acclaimed recordings.