Classics of the Phonograph

The Baroque revival

painting of Purcell by John Closterman

Purcell by John Closterman, probably 1695 Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

In the 1950s, the music of the Baroque period enjoyed an enormous revival on LP records. A few performances stand out: one was Purcell's "Come Ye Sons of Art," in which one of the counter tenors was the celebrated Alfred Deller. Another composer, J.S. Bach also experienced iconic breakthroughs. On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will hear some of those epoch-making recordings. 


Purcell | "Come Ye Sons of Art," with Margaret Richie, soprano, Alfred Deller, John Whitworth, counter-tenors, Bruce Boyce, baritone, St. Anthony Singers, and the Orchestral Ensemble of L'Oiseau-Lyre, conducted by Anthony Lewis, Ruggiero Gerlin, harpsichord

Bach | Chaconne, Andres Segovia, guitar

Bach | Goldberg Variations, excerpts, Glenn Gould, piano