Classics of the Phonograph with John Frayne

WILL - Classics of the Phonograph with John Frayne - August 23, 2014

Recordings of early music by Archiv Produktion

One of the pioneers in the recording of early music was the Deutsche Grammophon company, which established the subsidiary label, Archiv Produktion, in 1948. These silver-labeled records attempted to present early music in the most authentic form possible. The records were accompanied with the most detailed documentation I have ever seen on any recordings. The first discs, in 1948, were of Bach organ music played by Helmut Walcha, a star of the label for 30 years.


WILL - Classics of the Phonograph with John Frayne - August 16, 2014

Recorded legacy of Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss was born 100 years ago. Strauss was not only one of the most famous composers of the 20th century, he was also one of the most renowned conductors. He was thus in the almost unique position to conduct on records definitive performances of his own works. We will assess the recorded legacy of Richard Strauss' musical heritage.


WILL - Classics of the Phonograph with John Frayne - August 09, 2014

Open-air music

Summertime is the time for outdoor concerts, and also a time for the music to go light. We'll look back at such past masters of the pops concert as Arthur Fiedler with the Boston Pops Orchestra,  and also check out some famous summer concert venues.


WILL - Classics of the Phonograph with John Frayne - August 02, 2014

Gabrieli Compositions

 Andrea Gabrieli and his nephew Giovanni were organists and music directors at the Cathedral of St. Mark in the days of Venice's glory, from the late 16th century to the early 17th century. They wrote multi-voiced compositions for the great cathedral in Venice, and over the past decades, performers have tired to record and duplicate the original sounds of their splendid pieces in the same cathedral or other locations.  We will hear some of these records. 


WILL - Classics of the Phonograph with John Frayne - July 26, 2014

Seattle Symphony Recordings

One of the orchestras to emerge on the national scene during the early years of the CD was the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. With Gerard Schwartz as conductor, this orchestra on Delos CDs issued a number of outstanding performances, especially of American composers such as Howard Hanson. This orchestra and label showed yet once more the power of recordings in establishing a national, if not international, reputation. 


WILL - Classics of the Phonograph with John Frayne - July 19, 2014

Favorite Encores

Most performing musicians have a store of encores to play after the serious music of the concert or recital is over. A good encore is usually short, has immediate appeal, and most of the time a change of pace and mood from what has gone before. We'll play some of the favorite encores of famous violinists, from the days of Fritz Kreisler, to the today of Gil Shaham.


WILL - Classics of the Phonograph with John Frayne - July 05, 2014

Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony

In 1979, the conductor Leonard Slatkin began a 17-year tenure as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. During those years, Slatkin and that orchestra issued a series of recordings that raised the St. Louis ensemble to the ranks of one of the ten best orchestras in the U.S. Due to the decline in classical recording, that feat may not be duplicated in a very long time. We'll sample some of their recordings.


WILL - Classics of the Phonograph with John Frayne - June 28, 2014

Redordings of Markevich and Scherchen

Two conductors who recorded much of the standard repertory in early days of the LP were Igor Markevich and Hermann Scherchen. Markevich recorded for the Deutsche Grammophon label, and Scherchen became famous recording for Westminster. Once, their records were widely available, but few of their performances have been transferred to CDs. We will look at their recording careers.


WILL - Classics of the Phonograph with John Frayne - June 21, 2014

1930s Mozart Revival

The 1930s were a great era for the revival of Mozart's music. Sir Thomas Beecham's recordings of Mozart's music with the London Philharmonic set a enviably high standard. The recording of Mozart's operas at the Glyndebourne festival began the revival of these works on international stages. Pianists such as Arthur Schnabel and Edwin Fischer made famous recordings of Mozart's concertos and chamber works. We will sample some of the great recordings.


WILL - Classics of the Phonograph with John Frayne - June 14, 2014

Pioneering Recordings of Old Music

A vast amount of music from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, especially from the Baroque era, is now available on recordings. It was not always so. The attempts of pioneers in recording old music in authentic performances began only in the 1930s. In the next 20 years, ambitious collections were put on discs, such as the Anthologie Sonore from France. Famous teachers, such as Nadia Boulanger, made pioneering recordings of Monteverdi madrigals. We'll listen to some of these trail-blazing recordings.


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