Bell Telephone Hour Encores 40 new rare recovered shows!
A music show focusing on classical music, Bell Telephone Hour Encores was broadcast on Monday evenings. This show was broadcast on AFRS (Armed Forces Radio Service) and was called "Music from America and "Heritage Radio Theater. Donald Voorhees is the narrator featuring past Bell Telephone Hour Encores broadcasts.
This collection includes some of the rare broadcasts known to exist. It features some of the brightest stars in the day, such as Italian operatic tenor Ferruccio Tagliavini, American sopranos Lucina Marra and Helen Traubel, even comedian Fred Allen with a whimsical tale "Peter and the Wolf with a cast of musical instruments.
Other guest performers include the often racy pianist of Oscar Levant who was taken off the air twice for making comments about Marilyn Monroe and Mae West. About Monroe's conversion to Judaism he said "Now that Marilyn Monroe is kosher, Arthur Miller can eat her." Oscar Levant's music often called genius as it became a fixture on radio, television, and screen.
Ukrainian Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky smuggled himself out of the Soviet Union during the revolution to study music in Germany then later fled to the United States when WWII began. Considered one of the most expressive and dramatic string instrument players of all time composers like Stravinsky wrote arrangements for him.
Unique and well loved violinist Fritz Kreisler often associated with Pre-War Vienna style refused to play on the radio until the Bell Telephone Hour Encores on which he played 19 times.
Each show gives and brief biography of the performer at the beginning and the remainder of the show features opera and classical music.
For additional classical and opera radio shows, see also: