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Who was Wilhelm Havagesse? Simon Townley goes in search of the most elusive orchestral conductor of all time.

On the way he discovers the vinyl revolution they forgot to tell you about; how classical music entrepreneurs (not all of them completely upright citizens) in the 1950s and 60s brought Beethoven and Chopin to Woolworth's and petrol station forecourts on cheap and cheerful labels like Fidelio, Saga and Egmont.

With contributions from those who recorded, reviewed and bought them.

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Who was Wilhelm Havagesse? Simon Townley goes in search of the most elusive orchestral conductor of all time.

On the way he discovers the vinyl revolution they forgot to tell you about; how classical music entrepreneurs (not all of them completely upright citizens) in the 1950s and 60s brought Beethoven and Chopin to Woolworth's and petrol station forecourts on cheap and cheerful labels like Fidelio, Saga and Egmont.

With contributions from those who recorded, reviewed and bought them.