Classics of the Phonograph

London’s Phase 4 Label

Portrait of Leopold Stokowski.

By Unknown - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress

In 1961, the English Decca label (London in the U.S.) developed a new multi-channel system of recording. At first the issues were popular, but in 1964, the repertory was broadened to a 'Stereo Concert Series." At first, this "Concert Series" leaned on light classical music, but Leopold Stokowski joined the label, and he was joined by other famous conductors. On Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear some of these "Phase 4 Stereo" recordings.