What was the first recording of a Beethoven work?
Roberto Bauer, in his Historical Records, 1898-1908/09, gives
BORCHERS, Gustav, bass, 1865 Wotlwiesche-1913 Leipzig
Polyphon (Brown Wax) Leipzig, 1900
Catalog no. 226
Der Kuss, Op. 128
But what are the earlier recordings? I include everything, Berliners,
cylinders, music boxes, etc. The answer will surprise you and make you
wonder what you didn't think of that.
Anyone have a list of web resources? I've found an excellent source,
compiled by Robert Johannesson, at 78opera.com. Alas the first section,
covering singers from A to part of B is missing.