Record Shelf

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Everything you wanted to know about classical music but were afraid to ask is answered on "The Record Shelf." Hosted by Jim Svejda, one of the most respected critical voices in classical music who has guided the program since 1983 when he launched it, "The Record Shelf" brings listeners imaginative thematic classical programming.

Svejda reviews old and new recordings and presents artist retrospectives and insightful interviews. His "thumbnail" sketches of individual composers are one-of-a-kind programs, and his expert, irreverent and highly opinionated style has made "The Record Shelf" a favorite classical series among loyal listeners throughout the United States.

Series

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60 Pieces

Weekly one-hour classical music program (ongoing). NOTE: This program is available to PRI affiliates. For more information please email memberships@prx.org.


Pieces

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In the first of two programs, recordings by the brilliant, tragically short-lived French violinist, Ginette Neveu

  • Added: Jan 16, 2020
  • Length: 58:58
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A conversation with the great English baritone, Sir Thomas Allen

  • Added: Jan 08, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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An updated survey of the best of the readily-available recordings of Chopin's piano music

  • Added: Jan 01, 2020
  • Length: 58:33
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An Alternative New Year's Day Concert - featuring unusual (and historic) recordings of the music of Johann Strauss, Jr.

  • Added: Dec 25, 2019
  • Length: 58:53
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Hallelujah, Take 1 - featuring historic recordings of Handel's Messiah

  • Added: Dec 18, 2019
  • Length: 58:07
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A comparative survey of some of the best recordings of Tchaikovsky's Christmas ballet The Nutracker.

  • Added: Dec 11, 2019
  • Length: 58:53
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Our annual service for the befuddled holiday shopper

  • Added: Dec 01, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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In the second of two programs, more recently discovered recorded performances conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham

  • Added: Nov 23, 2019
  • Length: 59:07
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Newly-published live performances by the great English conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham.

  • Added: Nov 18, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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A conversation with Gil Rose, founder and conductor of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project

  • Added: Nov 10, 2019
  • Length: 59:00