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From the Archives with Frank Byrne
Saturdays, 11 a.m - noon Sundays, 6 - 7 p.m.

From the Archives is a curated tour of the world’s greatest composers, conductors and performers, captured in distinctive and memorable audio recordings.

Building on a lifetime of collecting recordings, host Frank Byrne shares the best performances he knows, each with a special element that sets it apart. A lifelong student of classical music, Byrne’s love of collecting classical music is only eclipsed by his joy in sharing it with friends.

Thanks to the wealth of recorded classical music available today, we have the opportunity to explore and consider performances that the average listener may never have heard. Listening together on From the Archives, we will gain insights to those great musicians who truly bring this music to life. Please join us.

Otto Klemperer was a giant among conductors in both stature and musical insight. He overcame enormous personal challenges, escaped the Nazi regime, endured crippling injuries and still made music that inspired millions. His signature work was Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony and we’ll hear his legendary 1955 recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra – judged by many to be the best ever recorded.
  • Another show of themes and variations – this time with music by Anton Arensky, Cesar Franck, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, an Anglo-African composer whose work deserves to be heard more often.
  • The favorite composers for Sir Thomas Beecham were Haydn and Mozart. While he could lead enormous Wagner operas with skill and flair, Sir Thomas was fascinated by these great musicians and their perfectly crafted masterpieces. In today’s show we will hear Haydn’s Symphony No. 100, the “Military Symphony,” and Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, the “Prague” Symphony. We’ll also hear an excerpt from an historic opera recording that Beecham made in Berlin.
  • Sir Thomas Beecham had flair, on and off the podium. His considerable experience in opera gave him a remarkable sense of proportion, pacing and – in the best sense of the word – theatricality. That made Beecham performances anything but routine. In this show, we will hear two live Beecham performances with the Royal Philharmonic, including a thrilling Brahms Symphony No. 2. Wagner’s Rienzi Overture provides the ideal first course.
  • British conductor and impresario Sir Thomas Beecham (1879-1961) was one of the world’s greatest conductors. He brought music to life in ways that very few conductors could. Adored by the musicians who played for him and by his audiences, he pretended in interviews that he was very casual but, in fact, he was intensely devoted to music. In this first program, we’ll hear some of his specialties with music by Berlioz, Delius, Gounod, Massenet and Handel.
  • German composer Richard Strauss wrote a wide range of music, some charming and some shocking. We’ll hear examples of both in this week’s show with a showpiece for organ and orchestra, two diverse works for winds, an homage to his hometown of Munich, and finally a dramatic scene that’s been described as the most appalling moment in all of opera. It’s one peek into the world of music Strauss composed in his long career.