Classics of the Phonograph

Underground repertory


By Stefan Kühn - Own work, CC0,

Over the years of hosting a classical music request program, I noticed a curious phenomenon. There was a number of composers, whose compositions were very popular with radio listeners, but their music was largely unheard in the concert hall, and when such music was played at concerts, some critics treated it with condescension or even scorn.

On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, I will look at some of this "underground repertory." Examples? Khachaturian, Respighi, Rodrigo, Offenbach, and in historic genres, 19th Century Ballet Music.