The foremost record producer
in the classical music
business. He was recording
manager at the Gramophone
) in the 1930s, then at Columbia
Records from 1938, where he worked with Sir Thomas Beecham
. In 1945 he founded the Philharmonia Orchestra
, and ran it, producing many of the world's best recordings, until 1964. His principal conductor
at the Philharmonia
was Otto Klemperer
His influence on a record is comparable to that of the choice of conductor or orchestra: people speak of the "Walter Legge sound" that old Philharmonia recordings had.
Legge (pronounced leg) was born in London on 1 June 1906 and died at Cap Ferrat in the south of France on 22 March 1979. From 1953 he was married to the soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.