Igor Stravinsky was an eloquent conductor of his own works. He started recording his major ballets in Paris, in the late 1920s. His second period of recording began in 1940 with the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York. These recording were originally issued on 78 rpm discs, but reissued when the LP disc came out in the late 1940s. On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear some of these early LP examples of Stravinsky's recordings.
Enjoy excerpts from "The Firebird" (augmented version), "Petrushka" Suite, and "The Rite of Spring," all with Stravinsky conducting the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York.