The Richard and Judith Mintel Archive of Recordings contains more than 350 hours of classical music recordings made from 1974 to 2014 by Richard and Judith Mintel, Recording Engineers and Producers. A summary of Archive contents can be found here. Please listen to the Music Samples on this website for the best introduction to what is in The Archive. Performing arts organizations included in The Mintel Archive are Chicago’s Music of the Baroque while Thomas Wikman was Music Director, The Grand Teton Music Festival prior to 2005, The New Oratorio Singers, organ series at the Chicago Theological Seminary and the Lutheran School of Theology and various other one time performances.
Information concerning the Recording and Archiving Philosophies and Techniques can be found here. A tribute to Richard Mintel, Recording Engineer and Producer, by WFMT’s Kerry Frumkin, can be found here.
The Library of Congress of The United States has included the classical music recordings made by Richard & Judith Mintel in its archives. The recordings will be preserved for posterity at the Library of Congress as is the case with many other audio recordings from Presidential speeches, to Native American songs, to Hispanic literature on tape, to Mississippi Blues to gospel music. Another copy of the entire Mintel Archive is located at the Northwestern University Music Library in Evanston, Illinois. The recordings may be accessed through these Libraries for personal or educational purposes.
Mintel Archive recordings may 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.
A complete catalog of the music and performing artists contained in the Archive is available under the Archive pages (Collections One through Nine). The Northwestern University Finding Guide (See also: Finding Guide PDF) contains similar information. 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.