A number of Music Samples from the Archive are available on SoundCloud. Links to Soundcloud can be found in the pages of this section: see below or use the drop down menu under Music Samples. SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform that enables Internet users to share originally-created recordings. The music uploaded to SoundCloud from the Mintel Archive uses the Wav. file format to give the maximum amount of detail in the sound wave. There is no charge to listen to Archive music samples on SoundCloud; you may stream the music without creating an account or downloading an app. If you wish to find a particular place on a music sample, move your cursor along just below the music wave form and it will give you times in the performance; locations of major movements are posted below each Soundcloud sample.
The music samples from the Archive on SoundCloud include the entire WFMT broadcast of Handel’s Saul , the 1991 performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Mass in Time of War. Other Handel Oratorios are represented on SoundCloud by excerpts from Hercules, L’Allegro, Alexander’s Feast, Solomon, Samson, Deborah, Jephtha and Semele. Excerpts from Bach’s B Minor Mass, St Matthew Passion and Cantata 201: “The Contest between Phoebus & Pan” can be found there as well. Henry Purcell’s music is represented by portions of The Fairy Queen and Dioclesian. There are several samples of liturgical music such as Masses composed by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Marc-Antoine Charpentier and William Byrd and a performance by a string quintet recorded at Richard Hunt’s Studio. In addition, the SoundCloud material includes music by Mozart and Telemann. One notable recording on SoundCloud is a piece (In Assumptione B.W.V. by Charles Tournemire from L’Organ Mystique) from an organ recital held at The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Boston, Massachusetts in 1981. This recital was played by Thomas Wikman on the now removed Hook & Hastings Organ, an organ that has great historical significance. There are also samples featuring music for strings, woodwinds, brass and full orchestra as well as Gregorian chant.
The Grand Teton Music Festival is represented in the music samples by various orchestral performances conducted by long-serving music Director Ling Tung and one, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 conducted by Zubin Mehta. Finally, the music samples contain performances by some of the instrumentalists of the various ensembles including music by the string players, the brass players and the woodwinds.
On the date of the memorial service for Richard Walter Mintel held in the spring of 2015, WFMT’s Kerry Fumkin hosted an hour long broadcast honoring Dick’s work as a recording engineer and playing some of his favorite Mintel recordings. This entire radio broadcast in tribute to Richard Mintel is available on Soundcloud and linked to this web site under the music sample pages.