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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.

Some of the greatest and most beloved music for concert band was written by British composers, and this week we showcase another batch. We have virtuoso performances of original music for concert band by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Walton and also by Haydn Wood and Gordon Jacob, all performed by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. In addition to the Marine Band’s conductors, we have guest conductors Dr. Frederick Fennell and two music directors of Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Bands.
  • Surprise symphonies are high quality works that may have escaped your attention, so we showcase them on “From the Archives.” This show features two youthful symphonies by Norwegian composer Johan Svendsen and German operatic dynamo Carl Maria von Weber. It only makes us wish that they had each composed more symphonies.
  • This show features the incredible Ukrainian pianist Sviatoslav Richter, who was revered by audiences and by fellow famous pianists. He was in a class by himself. We’ll hear him in the Dvořák Piano Concerto conducted by another legend, Carlos Kleiber, and in music by Chopin.
  • Our “appraisers” have done their work and we feature excellent music with the word “antique” in the title. Your ears are in for a treat with music by Ravel, Debussy, Glazunov, and Rutter. All sales final!
  • Many composers found inspiration in the history and culture of Scotland and this week we will hear music by Hector Berlioz, Malcolm Arnold and Max Bruch. A Scottish folk hero, the great Robert Burns, and traditional folk music helped bring these great works to life.
  • Today's episode features Adolph Sylvester Herseth, Jr., a unique talent who for 53 seasons held the principal trumpet chair in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with brilliance. Herseth persevered a great many challenges and was even able to impress the stern CSO conductor Fritz Reiner.