Wednesday, August 4, 2010

8/4 Beethoven's First Chart Topper (1913)

The very first recording of a symphony ever made by a professional orchestra was with Arthur Nikisch (1855-1922) conducting Beethoven's 5th Symphony.  Wind up your gramophone and listen below:

Still sounds powerful.  A fine historical review is here at Dilettante - It's great, I can't add much more frankly.

And here is a book entry from Arthur Bloomfield's More Than The Notes on Arthur Nikitch himself.  Pretty hardcore. And apparently quite a hit with the ladies....
New York Times, April 30, 1912, Tuesday
Recording studio?

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