Recordings of Early Music by Archiv Produktion

July 11, 2015
A man sitting at a piano

Helmut Walcha.

Siegfried Lauterwasser / DG

One of the pioneers in the recording of early music was the Deutsche Grammophon company, which established the subsidiary label, Archiv Produktion, in 1948. These silver-labeled records attempted to present early music in the most authentic form possible. The records were accompanied with the most detailed documentation I have ever seen on any recordings. The first discs, in 1948, were of Bach organ music played by Helmut Walcha, a star of the label for 30 years. 

On Saturday at 11, we will hear from Walcha and other famous artists featured on the Archiv Label.

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These programs are partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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