Click on the link here for Audio Player: Paderewski Recital 1938
Something unusual tonight. A truly historic recording of the first broadcast recital by famed Polish pianist and statesman, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, broadcast on September 25, 1938.
Paderewski had retired from performing in public after becoming Prime Minister of Poland in 1919, but returned to the concert stage in 1936. This concert marked a first for the great Pianist – a broadcast aired directly from a studio in Lausanne Switzerland to Radio City in New York as part of the RCA Magic Key program.
This would be the first of two broadcast recitals Paderewski gave before his death in 1941. A second concert, performed in New York was given the following year, with proceeds going to Aid for Poland, which Paderewski had become head of the Polish National Council, a Polish parliament in exile in London.
Tonight it’s the first one – the sound is good for shortwave, even though it fades in and out at various places.
Still – it’s history and you can’t be too picky where something as rare as this is concerned.
So enjoy it.