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?


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

Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

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.


Andre Previn

By Bert Verhoeff / Anefo - Nationaal Archief, CC BY-SA 3.0, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

May 11, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Andre Previn

We honor this famous composer who died this past February, at the age of 89.


Benno Moiseiwitsch in 1920

By Bain - Library of Congress, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61247873

May 04, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Benno Moiseiwitsch

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


Anne-Sophie Mutter, a violinist from Germany, in Berlin.

By A.Savin (Wikimedia Commons · WikiPhotoSpace) - Own work, Public Domain

April 20, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Anne-Sophie Mutter

Hear more from one of the world’s most famous violin soloists.


Leon Botstein conducts the American Symphony Orchestra at The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College

By American Symphony Orchestra – Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

April 06, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Leon Botstein

This conductor has become famous as the reviver of neglected composers.


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