Classics of the Phonograph

Stars of Mercury Records

Mercury Records logo.

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Around 1950, what we call “high fidelity” recording was achieved. In classical music, the pioneer was Mercury Records, which started recording with a single mic, suspended over the conductor’s podium. A record critic claimed that one could hear the “living presence” of the orchestra, and Mercury’s slogan was born. On Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear music conducted by two stars of Mercury Records, Rafael Kubelik in Chicago, and Antal Dorati in Minneapolis.