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.”

Myra Hess

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

January 19, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Dame Myra Hess

One of England’s most famous pianists from the 1920s to the 1950s.

The courtyard of the palace at Mannheim

By Immanuel Giel - Own work, Public Domain, Wikipedia

January 12, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Mannheim School

The group of musicians in the mid-18th century which significantly changed orchestra playing.

Munich Hall of Fame: Composer Carl Orff (installed in 2009)

By Rufus46 - Own work, CC via Wikimedia Commons

January 05, 2019 - Classics of the Phonograph

Carl Orff

The year 1952 was a banner year for the composer with his first recording of "Carmina Burana."

Bernstein conducting the New York City Symphony (1945)

By Fred Palumbo, World Telegram staff photographer - Library of Congress.

December 29, 2018 - Classics of the Phonograph

Famous classical composers

Among composers who were born 100 years ago, many remain some of the most famous.

George Frideric Handel by Balthasar Denner

By attributed to Balthasar Denner - National Portrait Gallery. Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

December 22, 2018 - Classics of the Phonograph

Handel’s Messiah

It’s one of the most famous and often recorded works of classical music, and one can hear it in many styles.

Christmas decorations

Nevit Dilmen, CC via Wikimedia Commons

December 15, 2018 - Classics of the Phonograph

A traditional holiday

Celebrate the season with some of your favorite pieces.

Bedřich Smetana Among his Friends, 1865; oil painting by František Dvořák

By František Dvořák (1862-1927) - Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

December 08, 2018 - Classics of the Phonograph

My Country

Continually played in the concert hall and heard on the radio, Smetana's tone poem, "The Moldau," is the star of his cycle.

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