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?


Arturo Toscanini

By Unknown (De Augostini Collection) - Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

March 23, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Toscanini conducts Wagner

Learn more about the famous conductor’s long association with the music of Richard Wagner.


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March 14, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Enjoy this archival program on Irish Symphonic Music.


Portrait of Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart

Wikimedia Commons

March 09, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Famous overtures to forgotten operas

What makes one score collect dust on a shelf while another stands in the active concert repertory?


Frederick Delius, aged 45, photographed in 1907

By Unidentified - "Fritz Delius, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

March 02, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

The spell of Delius’ music

The great conductor Sir Thomas Beecham was a great admirer, in fact.


Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra at the March 2, 1916 American premiere of Mahler's 8th Symphony.

Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

February 23, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Post-war German composers

There seemed to be three possible roles to play between 1933 and 1945: hero, victim, or émigré.


Franz Schubert

By Josef Kriehuber - http://www.portraitindex.de/documents/obj/oai:baa.onb.at:3497513, Public Domain.

February 16, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Franz Schubert

Learn how his piano music was turned into a symphony.


Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

February 09, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Great cellists

Enjoy a sampling of the playing of famous cellists of the 20th century.


piano in recording studio

By Archives of the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle – CC via Wikimedia Commons

February 02, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

The Baroque Revival

There was an enormous uptick in the recording of Baroque music in the 1950s.


Marcella de Girolami and Carlo Maria Giulini in the Netherlands in 1965.

By Kroon, Ron / Anefo - Dutch National Archives, CC via Wikimedia Commons

January 26, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Carlo Maria Giulini

Often described as “tall, handsome, suave, and intensely musical.”


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