March 16, 2013

New Philharmonia Orchestra

Walter Legge founded the Philharmonia Orchestra of London in 1945. It quickly became one of the world's premier recording orchestras. In 1964, Legge wanted to disband this orchestra, but the members, with the help of conductor Otto Klemperer reformed it as the New Philharmonia Orchestra. We'll play recordings from this exciting period. 


March 09, 2013

Walden String Quartet

The Walden Quartet was for decades the String Quartet of the University of Illinois. The four members, Homer Schmitt, Bernard Goodman, John Garvey and Robert Swenson were all professors at the U of I. This ensemble was famous for playing contemporary music, and many of their readings were issued on recordings. We'll play portions of those recordings.


March 02, 2013

Hungarian Conductor Ferenc Fricsay

We'll begin one hour early at 10 am. The Hungarian musician Ferenc Fricsay was one of the rising conducting stars of the post WW II era. His performances with the Radio in the American Sector Orchestra in Berlin were featured on Deutsche Grammophon records. We'll hear some of these performances.


February 23, 2013

Sibelius Violin Concerto

Jean Sibelius finished his violin concerto in 1904, but extensively revised it after its premiere. Not many years ago the original version was recorded, and this original version is fascinating. To hear another version of music you know well is like hearing it again for the first time. We will hear some of Sibelius' first thoughts on his famous concerto.


February 16, 2013

Schweitzer’s Bach Performances

By the year of his death in 1965, Albert Schweitzer was one of the most famous men in the world. His general fame has dimmed, but among his many accomplishments was his fame as a scholar on the organ music of J.S. Bach, and his performances of Bach’s organ music. Schweitzer left many recordings of Bach’s music and we will sample some of those records.


February 09, 2013

Telemann’s Magazine Pieces

Georg Philipp Telemann was on one of the most prolific composers in history. Among his accomplishments was inventing the music magazine. In 1728-29, Telemann put out "The Constant Music Master," a periodical in which he printed many genres of music, most of it by himself. We'll sample some of these pieces.


February 02, 2013

Parent-Child Music Making

Musical talent is famously hereditary. The family of Johann Sebastian Bach was one of the famous examples. Among recording artists of past decades we have violinists David and Igor Oistrakh, pianists Rudolf and Peter Serkin, and conductors Eric and Carlos Kleiber. We’ll play some samples of parent-child music making.


January 26, 2013

Ballet Music

At the Paris Opera in the 19th Century, there was one rule: every grand opera had to have a ballet in the Third Act. No matter what the plot line, a reason must be found for someome in the story to do some dancing. If this rule caused problems for the likes of Wagner and Verdi, it resulted in some first rate ballet music. We’ll play some of this music, and you can dance, if you like.


December 31, 2012

Music from Remington

Special time: 10 am Saturday

One of the more striking LP labels of the early 1950s was Remington, the creation of Don Gabor, whose name graced every record cover. Designed to be sold at much lower prices than major labels, Remington Records had in its catalog such major artists as Georges Enesco, Albert Spalding, and Simon Barere. You can hear their music during Saturday's show!


John Frayne holding an LP record
July 03, 2011

Jascha Heifetz

Jascha Heifetz was widely regarded in the 1930s as the world’s greatest violinist. He made many concerto recordings in that decade, of works by Mozart, Brahms and Sibelius. Some critics think that these recordings caught him at his best, not the ones he made after WWII. On Saturday at 11, John Frayne will sample some of these 1930s recordings.


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