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Below are many of the more than 170 five-hour 'weeks' of Exploring Music that have been created since 2003. The first seven minutes of every program are free to sample. Several entire 5-hour programs are also free to listen (marked 'free' below). For complete access to all of the shows, click here to become a subscriber. To sort through the shows by composers click here. To see the playlist for a given show, click on the show and then on the 'playlist' button beneath any of the five one-hour programs.
AAmerican Masters, Part IAmerican Masters, Part II American Masters, Part IIIAmerican Masters, Part IVAmerican Masters, Part V An Intelligent Conversation: String Quartets Arias & BarcarollesArtists in Exile, Part IArtists in Exile, Part IIAutumn Leaves Autumnal Masterpieces BBach Sleeps in on Sundays Bach to Beethoven Bach's Christmas OratorioBach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor MassBallad of East and West Barber, SamuelBartok, BelaBeethoven & that Danged Metronome (FREE)Beethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven QuartetsBerlioz, HectorBernstein, LeonardBill's Keepers Boulanger, NadiaBrahms, Johannes, Part IBrahms, Johannes, Part II Britten, Benjamin CCall for ScoresCello Concertos Child's PlayChopin, FredericClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCopland, AaronCorigliano, JohnCzech out those Bohemians DDebussy, ClaudeDemons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant NeighborsDon't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvorak, AntoninDvorak, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgar, EdwardEmotion and Meaning in MusicEspanaFFamilies of Instruments Family MattersFauré, GabrielFit for a KingFour SeasonsFrom This Mighty River: Music of the Children of J.S BachGGame of Pairs, Part I Game of Pairs, Part IIGershwin, GeorgeGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music and Its Influences Green and Pleasant LandHHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHHidden Gold, Part IIHindemith, PaulHit or Myth Holiday CelebrationHomageII Didn't Know About YouI Hear a Rhapsody (FREE)I Hear America SingingI Lost it at the Movies (FREE)In a Family WayIncidentally SpeakingIntimate VoicesInvitation to the Dance, Part I Invitation to the Dance, Part II Invitation to the Dance, Part IIIIt Takes Two to TangoIt Was a Lover and His Lass Italian SouvenirsJJanacek, LeosLLatin CarnivalLes SixLife Among the Dead: Requiem MassesListener's Choice, Part IIListener's Choice, Part IIILiszt, Franz Little Traveling Music, Please MMaestro, Part IMaestro, Part IIMagnificent MagyarsMahler, Gustav, Part IMahler, Gustav, Part IIMaiden VoyagesMendelssohn, FelixMendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String QuartetsMerrie EnglandMozart at his Zenith Mozart Piano ConcertosMozart's Birthday BashMozart: Bright Lights, Big CityMusic for the MassesMusic in the Time of WarMusic of Scandinavia (FREE)Musical Cryptograms NNationalismNew Releases, Part IINew Releases, Part III, week 1 of 2New Releases, Part III, week 2 of 2 New Wine in Old Bottles Nielsen, CarlNinth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New World Outward BoundPPastoral SymphoniesPiano ConcertosPolandPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part I Portraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part II Poulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part IProud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRavel, Maurice Respighi, OttorinoRRimsky-Korsakov and His PupilsRoaring 20'sRussian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part I (FREE)Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part IISibelius and GriegSlipped Through the Cracks Sounds of the City of Lights SoundtracksSpanish SchoolSpring is Here St-Saëns, Camille St. Matthew PassionStrauss, RichardStravinsky, Igor String Quartets from Fibich to SibeliusStrings Plus OneSweet Home Chicago Symphony, Part 01Symphony, Part 02 Symphony, Part 03 Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05 Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08 Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10TTchaikovsky, Peter, Part ITchaikovsky, Peter, Part IIThe Big Five, Part I: Chicago Symphony OrchestraThe Big Five, Part I: New York PhilharmonicThe Big Five, Part II: New York PhilharmonicThrough the Mail SlotTone Poems Too Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part IIUnfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVeniceVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II (FREE)ViolaViolin Concerto Voices from the East WWagner's Ring CycleWagner, RichardWalton, WilliamWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?Wind QuintetsWunderkinder, Part IWunderkinder, Part IIYYou and the Night and the Music
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Bill decides to go beyond a composer’s most well known piece and plays other works from their repertoire including Pachelbel’s Suite in G and Albinoni’s “Stelle Ingrate.”
Pachelbel: Canon in D
Paillard Chamber Orchestra/ Paillard
Pachelbel: Suite in G Major (excerpts)
Paillard Chamber Orchestra/ Paillard
Albinoni: Oboe Concerto in Bb Major, Op. 9 #11
I Solisti Italiani; Schellenberger, ob.
Albinoni: Adagio in g minor
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Albinoni: “Stelle Ingrate”
Accademia Bizantina/Dantone; Scholl, ct.
Bill turns now to France for a pair of composers whose other pieces have been overshadowed by their most popular works. We hear music from Paul Dukas and Emmanuel Chabrier.
Dukas: Fanfare fr. La Péri
ORTF Nat’l Orch/Slatkin
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch/Masur; Baumann, hn.
Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Berlin Phil/ Levine
We move to Italy for more composers with a major work that tends to dominate their repertoire including music from Leoncavallo's lesser heard version of La Bohème and we hear a piece made famous by Disney's Fantasia.
Ponchielli: Capriccio for Oboe and Orchestra (excerpt)
Berlin Symphony Orch/Flor; Glaetzner, ob.
Ponchielli: “Cielo e Mar” fr. La Gioconda
Orch; Björling, ten.
Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours fr. La Gioconda
Leoncavallo: Prologue fr. Pagliacci (excerpt)
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (excerpts)
La Scala/Ghione; Gigli,
Leoncavallo: La Bohème (excerpts)
La Fenice Orch/Koenig
Nuova Era 7300
Puccini: La Bohème (excerpts)
Orch; Pavarotti, ten.
Sherman: “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” (excerpt)
We open with the theme to Masterpiece Theater, composed by Jean-Joseph Mouret and continue with an aria from Alfredo Catalani which features in the film Diva.
Läubin Brothers, tpts.; Preston, org
Mouret: Andromède et Persée (excerpts)
Radio Canada 1081
La Scala Phil/Muti
As Bill wraps up his show on one hit wonders in classical music, he turns his attention to Gustav Holst and The Planets.
Holst: Mars fr. The Planets
Holst: Ave Maria, Op. 9b
Holst: Suite in Eb Major, Op. 28 No. 1
London Wind Orchestra/Wick