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?

Flute on top of sheets of music.

By Petar Milošević - Own work. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

September 22, 2018

Dueling flutes

Jean Pierre Rampal vs. James Galway: Hear their distinctive tone playing the same music.

Portrait of Joseph Haydn

"Joseph Haydn" by Thomas Hardy (1757-circa 1805) - Unknown. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

September 15, 2018

Josef Haydn

He wrote 83 string quartets, and you can enjoy selections from this collection.

Frederick Delius, aged 45, photographed in 1907

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

September 08, 2018

Frederick Delius

Enjoy Sir Thomas Beecham's 1958 recording of Delius' Hassan music. 

Stravinsky conducting in 1965

By Unknown - Dutch National Archives. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

September 01, 2018

Igor Stravinsky

He was an eloquent conductor of his own works.

painting of Purcell by John Closterman

Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

August 25, 2018

The Baroque revival

In the 1950s, this music enjoyed renewed success with standout performances. 

Bernstein conducting the New York City Symphony (1945)

By Fred Palumbo, World Telegram staff photographer - Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

August 18, 2018

Making headlines

On November 14, 1943, Leonard Bernstein became famous.

Upright piano hammers and dampers.

Wikimedia Commons

August 11, 2018

Clara Haskil

The pianist was especially known for her performances of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.

Igor Oistrakh (right) in 1957, with his father David (left) and conductor Franz Konwitschny (middle).

By Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-45930-0004 / Zimontkowski. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

August 04, 2018

King David and Prince Igor

The famous father and son duo.

George Antheil in 1922

Door Onbekend. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

July 28, 2018

The Bad Boy of Music

George Antheil, whose cacophonic "Ballet Mechanique" caused a riot in Paris, earned him this title.

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