A man in a studio with a bunch of vinyl records.

Photo by Mike Thomas

June 23, 2017 - Classics of the Phonograph

John Frayne’s News-Gazette column

Each week, John Frayne shares his love for classical music and opera with you on WILL-FM. Did you know he also shares his knowledge via the News-Gazette?


Richter in 1966

Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

July 11, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Sviatoslav Richter

“He’s good, but wait until you hear Richter!”


Richard Strauss

Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

July 06, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Alpine Symphony

This is Richard Strauss’ longest and last tone poem. In 22 parts, this work describes a day climbing a mountain in the Alps.


Joseph Flummerfelt conducting

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June 29, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

The Also Serve

Explore the work of Joseph Flummerfelt, who prepared almost 600 choral performances with the New York Philharmonic.  


Evgeny Kissin at a concert with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv in 2011.

By Levg - Own work, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

June 22, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Evgeny Kissin

This Russian pianist has proved to be one of the most brilliant child prodigies of his time.


Portrait of a man from 1889

By C. Brasch, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

June 14, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

The art of conducting

Hear the work of three famous conductors from earlier decades of the 20th century.


Van Cliburn sitting at the piano

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June 07, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Winners of the Van Cliburn Award

Winning an international competition is a boost up for an instrumentalist, but it cannot guarantee an outstanding career.


Painting of Modeste Mussorgsky

By Ilya Repin - Tretyakov Gallery, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

May 31, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Pictures at an Exhibition

Is it true that music can convey paintings and drawings? Modeste Mussorgsky thought so.


Virgil Thomson

By Carl Van Vechten - Van Vechten Collection at Library of Congress, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

May 25, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Neglected composers of the 1940s

Some composers of the mid- 20th century, who were once famous, are now neglected.


John Philip Sousa headshot

By Elmer Chickering – Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

May 18, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

The Whole World Marches

Hear the marches and voices of two composers who wrote some of the world’s most famous marches, John Philip Sousa, and Edward Elgar.


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