The Richard and Judith Mintel Archive of Recordings is located at the Northwestern University Music Library in Evanston, Illinois. The Northwestern University Finding Guide (See also: Finding Guide PDF) contains similar information to that contained in the Archive section of this web site. These recordings may be accessed through the Library for personal or educational purposes. They may also be used for radio broadcasts (see Radio Broadcasters Information), but otherwise, the recordings cannot be used for other commercial purposes or sold. You may contact Judith Mintel using the contact form on this site or the Northwestern University Music Library: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Please listen to the Music Samples to be found on this web site for the best introduction to what is in The Archive. The Music Sample most recently added is the 1991 Orchestra Hall performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
The classical music recordings contained in The Mintel Archive were made from 1974 to 2014 by Richard and Judith Mintel. The Archive is composed of more than 300 hours of classical music recordings. Most are on-location recordings of classical music concerts and recitals. Some recordings included in the archive were made into commercial CDs that may be purchased elsewhere; many of the recordings are of concerts broadcast over Chicago’s WFMT-Fine Arts Radio or other radio stations. Musical ensembles included in The Archive are Chicago’s Music of the Baroque during the years when Thomas Wikman was Music Director, The Grand Teton Music Festival prior to 2006. The New Oratorio Singers, Richard Hunt’s Studio concerts, worship service music from The Church of the Ascension-Chicago prior to 2015 and North Shore Congregation Israel-Glencoe and various other classical music performers both live before an audience and in recording sessions. Information concerning the Recording and Archiving Philosophies and Techniques can be found here.
A complete catalogue of the music and soloists contained in the Archive is available under the Archive pages (Collections One through Nine). You may use the search function of this web site to find the page where a particular performance, composition, composer or performer may be located. A brief summary of the musical highlights in The Mintel Archive of Recordings follows
The Oratorios of George F. Handel
Alexander’s Feast, Messiah, Saul, Athalia, Semele, Hercules, Acis & Galatea,
Jephtha, Alcina, Israel in Egypt, Theodora, L’Allegro, Deborah and Samson
Music of Johann Sebastian Bach
St. Matthew and St. John Passions, Christmas & Easter Oratorios, Magnificat in D.
Bach Cantatas #s 1, 13, 19, 32, 33, 46, 51, 56, 57, 58, 80, 82, 84,
100, 105, 170, 117, 123, 124, 137, 140, 147, 151, 166, 199
201, 202 & 209
Complete Brandenburg Concertos and Orchestral Suites
Harpsichord Concertos and Violin Concertos
Music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Requiem, Solemn Vespers, Masses, Opera Arias, Motets, Overture to The Marriage of Figero.
Symphonies: No.s 28, 30, 33, 35 (“Haffner”), 36 (“Linz”), 38 (“Prague”),
39, 40 and 41 (“Jupiter”)
Music of Franz Joseph Haydn
The Creation, Mass in Time of War, Lord Nelson Mass,
Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo
Symphonies No. #44 (“Trauer”), #93 (“London”) & 104
Music of Henry Purcell
Dido and Aeneas, Fairy Queen, Masque from Dioclesian,
King Arthur, Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day, Suite from Adbelazar
Symphonies of Gustav Mahler
Symphonies No. #1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 9
Cesti’s Orontea, Cavalli’s Calisto,
Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria & L’incoronazione di Poppea
Thomas Morely, John Wilbye, Claudio Monteverdi, Orlando Gibbons,
Orlando di Lasso & Thomas Greaves
Brass & Choral Music, Mass Settings, Stabat Mater, Telemann’s The Day of Judgement,
Gregorian chant, Durufle Requiem & Kodály Te Deum, Music of Ralph Vaughn Williams.