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Below are many of the more than 170 five-hour 'weeks' of Exploring Music 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.
AA Green and Pleasant LandA Little Traveling Music, Please American Masters, Part I (FREE)American Masters, Part IIAmerican Masters, Part IIIAmerican Masters, Part IVAn Intelligent ConversationArias & BarcarollesArtists in Exile, Part IArtists in Exile, Part IIAutumn Leaves BBach Sleeps in on Sundays Bach to Beethoven Bach's Christmas OratorioBach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor MassBarberBartokBeethoven & that Danged Metronome Beethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven QuartetsBerliozBernsteinBill's KeepersBoulanger (Nadia)Brahms, Part IBrahms, Part II Britten CCall for ScoresCamille St-SaënsCello Concertos (FREE)Chicago Symphony Orchestra: The Big FiveChild's PlayChopinClowning AroundCoplandCoriglianoCzech out those BohemiansDDebussyDemons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant NeighborsDon't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvorakDvorák, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String QuartetsEElgarEspanaFFamilies of InstrumentsFamily MattersFauréFit for a KingFour SeasonsGGame of Pairs, Part IGame of Pairs, Part IIGershwinGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music And Its InfluencesHHandelHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHidden Gold, Part IIHindemithHoliday CelebrationHomageII Didn't Know About YouI Hear America SingingI Lost it at the Movies (FREE)In a Family WayIncidentally SpeakingIntimate VoicesInvitation to the Dance, Part IInvitation to the Dance, Part IIInvitation to the Dance, Part IIIIt Takes Two to TangoIt Was a Lover and His LassItalian SouvenirsJJanáčekLLatin CarnivalLes SixLife Among the Dead: Requiem MassesListener's Choice, Part IIListener's Choice, Part IIILisztMMagnificent MagyarsMahler, Part IMahler, Part IIMaiden VoyagesMendelssohnMendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String QuartetsMerrie EnglandMozart at his Zenith (FREE)Mozart Piano ConcertosMozart's Birthday BashMusic for the MassesMusic in the Time of WarMusical Cryptograms NNationalismNew Releases, Part IINew Wine in Old Bottles (Free)New York Philharmonic: The Big Five, Part INew York Philharmonic: The Big Five, Part IINielsenNinth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New WorldOutward BoundPPastoral SymphoniesPiano ConcertosPolandPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part IPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part IIProkofievRRachmaninoffRavelRespighiRussian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman (William) SchumannShakespeareShostakovich, Part IShostakovich, Part IISibelius and GriegSounds of the City of Lights (FREE)SoundtracksSpring is HereSt. Matthew PassionStrauss (Richard)Stravinsky (FREE)Strings Plus OneSweet Home Chicago (FREE)Symphony, Part 01Symphony, Part 02Symphony, Part 03Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10TTchaikovsky, Part ITchaikovsky, Part IIThe Proud Tower, Part IThe Proud Tower, Part IIThe Roaring 20'sThrough the Mail SlotTone PoemsToo Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part IIUnfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan WilliamsVeniceVerdi, Part IVerdi, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part IIViolaWWagnerWagner's Ring CycleWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?William WaltonWind QuintetsYYou and the Night and the Music
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What Else Ya Got?
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
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