Ignacy Jan Paderewski
From the 1890s on, he was the most famous performing artist. For his adoring concert audiences, Paderewski was the embodiment of the concept "piano virtuoso." His stirring advocacy of independence for his native Poland complemented his artistic image. He made a number of recordings, especially of the piano music of Chopin.
On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we'll look at his recorded legacy.