The ability to reproduce sound has been around for a while. However, it was the invention and rapid deployment of the electric microphone and loudspeakers in the 1920s that altered the profile and bankbook of orchestras from the 1920s to the 1990s. This heralded the golden era of orchestra. ‘Recordings’ considers the influence of developments in the technology of sound amplification, broadcasting, and recording on the changing fortunes of the orchestra. It is now possible to stream audio and video on orchestra websites, perhaps the largest development to affect the orchestra since advances in recording technology in the 1950s and 1960s.