The Mintel Archive contains more than 300 hours of recorded music organized into nine Collections; there are thirteen volumes in each Collection. Here is the Finding Guide from Northwestern University’s Music Library which contains the same information as the pages listed under Archive on this web site. The first three Collections contain the 13-week radio broadcasts on WFMT that were heard across the nation and worldwide in 1987, 1988 and 1989. These performances were by Chicago’s Music of the Baroque under the direction of Thomas Wikman and were produced by WFMT Host, Kerry Frumkin using the concert recordings made by Richard and Judith Mintel. The recordings in the Archive contain the WFMT introductions to the music and commentary and interviews with Music Director, Thomas Wikman.
Collections Four through Eight contain Chicago’s Music of the Baroque performances conducted by Thomas Wikman not included in the initial three radio broadcast series. They also contain performances by other classical music organizations such as The New Oratorios Singers and The Grand Teton Music Festival. In addition, music from organ recitals and worship services are included in these five Collections.
The Ninth Collection features the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra performing Mahler Symphonies and other works by Dvořák, Berlioz, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Strauss, Beethoven, Deak and Haydn. A recording of the Grand Teton Seminar Orchestra is also included in this final Ninth Collection.
During the years these recordings were made much help (in many forms) and good advice was provided by a number of recording engineers and others interested in high quality sound reproduction including Larry Rock, Mitch Heller, Rudy Chalupa, Roar Schaad, Chris Willis, Kerry Frumkin, Norman Pelligrini, Alfred Antliz and Ray Nordstrand.