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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 (FREE)Beethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven QuartetsBerliozBernsteinBill's KeepersBoulanger, NadiaBrahms, Part IBrahms, Part II Britten CCall for ScoresCello Concertos (FREE)Child's PlayChopinClash of the Titans Clowning 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 QuartetsEElgarEmotion and Meaning in MusicEspanaFFamilies of InstrumentsFamily MattersFauréFit for a KingFour SeasonsFrom This Mighty River: Music of the Children of J.S BachGGame 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 BashMozart: Bright Lights, Big CityMusic for the MassesMusic in the Time of WarMusical Cryptograms NNationalismNew Releases, Part IINew Wine in Old Bottles (FREE)NielsenNinth 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 IIPoulenc, FrancisProkofievRRachmaninoffRavelRespighiRRoaring 20'sRussian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, RobertShakespeare (FREE)Shostakovich, Part I (FREE)Shostakovich, Part IISibelius and GriegSounds of the City of LightsSoundtracksSpring is HereSt-Saëns, Camille St. Matthew PassionStrauss, RichardStravinsky (FREE)String Quartets from Fibich to SibeliusStrings 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 Big Five, Part I: Chicago Symphony Orchestra (FREE)The Big Five, Part I: New York PhilharmonicThe Big Five, Part II: New York PhilharmonicThe Proud Tower, Part IThe Proud Tower, Part IIThrough 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 CycleWalton, WilliamWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?Wind QuintetsYYou and the Night and the Music
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The Big Five, Part I: New York Philharmonic
We begin at the opening of the New York Philharmonic on December 7, 1842. Bill plays several pieces the New York Philharmonic included in their opening season, using modern recordings, including the overture to Weber’s Oberon and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
Bernstein: Candide (excerpt}
New York Phil Orch/Bernstein
Bill discusses earlier attempts to create a New York Philharmonic before its final incarnation and the effort to build the Philharmonic a new concert space. We travel back to those early days with Arturo Toscanini conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and a modern recording of the finale of “Ode to Joy,” which the was performed in America for the first time by the New York Philharmonic in 1846.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, Op. 92 3. Presto
New York Phil/Toscanini April 9 1936
We enter a tough period for the New York Philharmonic due to increased competition from European orchestras, the financial panic of 1851 and the American Civil War. Carl Bergmann took over as conductor in 1855 until 1876, and managed to shift the New York Philharmonic into a more nuanced ensemble group. Bill plays Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which the Philharmonic debuted in 1881, and the second symphony of Anton Rubinstein.
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in d minor, Finale “Ode to Joy” (excerpt)
NY Phil/ Masur
Special Edition NYPO105A/B
Carl Bergmann’s passing in 1876 was a low point for the New York Philharmonic. Bill plays a modern recording of Brunnhilde’s Immolation Scene from Wagner’s Gotterdammerung, which Leopold Damrosch premiered in New York when he took over as the Philharmonic’s conductor. Damrosch’s programming was too adventurous for the public, so Theodore Thomas took the podium before leaving for Chicago. We close with modern recordings of the fourth symphony of Brahms and the ninth symphony of Dvorak.
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Boulez
We reach the end of the 19th century, as Anton Seidl brought back the music of Wagner to the New York Philharmonic until his unexpected death in 1898. Bill plays the 1945 recording of Bruno Walter conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Bernstein conducting a Sibelius violin concerto in 1963 and Eugene Ormandy conducting Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto #3.
Victor Herbert: Cello Concerto #2 In E Minor, Op. 30 -
2. Andante Tranquillo (excerpt)
Yo-Yo Ma,c New York Phil./Masur