A man in a studio with a bunch of vinyl records.
Photo by Mike Thomas
June 23, 2017

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?


Hans Pfitzner, circa 1910
By Wanda von Debschitz-Kunowski (1870-1935) - ebay, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4437306
February 10, 2018

Hans Pfitzner

He was considered "the last of the German Romantics."


Bernstein conducting the New York City Symphony (1945)
By Fred Palumbo, World Telegram staff photographer - Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c27783, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1273889
February 03, 2018

The Columbia Records Era, Part 2

We continue to delve into the treasure trove of Bernstein's Columbia recordings.   


The composer Hugo Alfvén
By Peder Severin Krøyer - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Oxxo. 2007-10-22 (original upload date). Original uploader was Ilja.nieuwland at en.wikipedia, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3390363
January 27, 2018

Hugo Alfven

He is regarded by many as Sweden's most famous composer.


Michael Tilson Thomas conducting
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January 20, 2018

Michael Tilson Thomas

The famous conductor is retiring from conducting the San Francisco Symphony.


Benno Moiseiwitsch in 1920
By Bain - Library of Congress, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61247873
January 13, 2018

Benno Moiseiwitsch

The Russian pianist was one of the most brilliant piano virtuosos of the middle 20th century.


Bernstein conducting the New York City Symphony (1945)
By Fred Palumbo, World Telegram staff photographer - Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c27783, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1273889
January 06, 2018

The Columbia Records Era

In Leonard Bernstein's meteoric career, the year 1950 was a banner one.


Stanisław Skrowaczewski in Tokyo (October 2011)
By Steffen Wurzel - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17091454
December 30, 2017

In memoriam

Taking a look at the careers of conductors who have passed away this year.


George Frideric Handel by Balthasar Denner
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December 23, 2017

George Friderik Handel

His oratorio "Messiah" is perhaps the most famous piece of classical music ever written. 


Holiday lights
December 16, 2017

Holiday season

Hear popular seasonal recordings down the decades.


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