Classics of the Phonograph

Leonard Bernstein

Bernstein conducting the New York City Symphony (1945)

Bernstein conducting the New York City Symphony (1945) By Fred Palumbo, World Telegram staff photographer - Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection., Public Domain,

One milestone in the acceptance of the music of Charles Ives was the premier performance of his Second Symphony on February 22, 1951 by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein. This work had remained unplayed for over 40 years, and at time of its premier, Charles Ives was around 77 years old.

Ives had waited a long time, but in the early 1950s his time indeed seemed to have come. On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear some of that Second Symphony.”