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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.
AA Green and Pleasant LandA Little Traveling Music, Please (FREE)American Masters, Part I (FREE)American Masters, Part IIAmerican Masters, Part IIIAmerican Masters, Part IVAmerican Masters, Part V (FREE)An 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 Keepers Boulanger, NadiaBrahms, Part IBrahms, Part II Britten CCall for ScoresCello Concertos (FREE)Child's PlayChopinClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCoplandCoriglianoCzech out those Bohemians DDebussyDemons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant NeighborsDon't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvorakDvorák, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgarEmotion 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 I (FREE)Game of Pairs, Part IIGershwinGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music and Its InfluencesHHandelHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHidden Gold, Part IIHindemithHit or Myth (FREE)Holiday 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 II Invitation 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 IIILisztMMaestro, Pt IIMaestro, Pt. I Magnificent 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, FrancisProkofiev RRachmaninoffRavel (FREE)RespighiRoaring 20'sRussian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare (FREE)Shostakovich, Part I (FREE)Shostakovich, Part IISibelius and GriegSounds of the City of Lights SoundtracksSpring is Here St-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 05 Symphony, 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 IIThe Violin Concerto Through 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 IIViolaVoices from the East WWagnerWagner's Ring CycleWalton, WilliamWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?Wind QuintetsWunderkinder Part OneWunderkinder Part TwoYYou and the Night and the Music
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The Big Five, Part II: New York Philharmonic Purchase Now
Bill gives a quick overview of the early 20th century as he continues his in-depth look at the New York Philharmonic. Following the death of Anton Seidl, the Philharmonic flitted between conductors until finally settling on Gustav Mahler in 1909. Bill plays the first movement of Mahler’s first symphony, which Mahler conducted during his tenure with the New York Philharmonic, and then Mahler’s second symphony, which Mahler used in his first performance with the Philharmonic.
Manhattan: The Sidewalks of New York
The World's Most Famous Wurlitzer 153 Katy Lou, Band Organ,
America's Finest Carousel Music
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Bill picks up with the history of the 1910’s and 20’s, including the death of Mahler in 1911. We continue with some of the New York Philharmonic’s earliest recordings, including Mengelberg conducting Strauss in 1924 and Toscanini conducting Brahms in 1835. Bill takes a side trip to the New York Symphony to hear music from Copland and Gershwin.
Alexander's Ragtime Band (excerpt)
Whitmarsh Recordings ASIN: B000R01CW8
Bill opens with a recording announcing the first time Leonard Bernstein took the podium of the New York Philharmonic in 1943. We hear the recording of Strauss’ Don Quixote from that night, as well as Stravinsky conducting his own Fireworks in 1946. We close with an excerpt from "On The Town," a glimpse at Bernstein's work during that time.
Star Spangled Banner
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernstein, Nov. 14, 1943
We continue with a focus on Leonard Bernstein and his tenure with the New York Philharmonic. We hear Bernstein’s Serenade for Solo Violin, played by the New York Philharmonic in 1990, following Bernstein’s death. Then Bill jumps back to music of the Philharmonic during its heyday under Bernstein’s baton with music from Ives and Mahler.
Bernstein: Serenade for Solo Violin, String Orch., Harp, and Percussion (After Plato's "Symposium"): Presto (excerpt)
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Slatkin; Dicterow,v.
New York Philharmonic Special Editions
We pick up after Bernstein retired as music director of the New York Philharmonic in 1968. Pierre Boulez comes on as the next composer/conductor in 1971, and we hear Boulez conduct Stravinsky’s Petrushka. Then Bill plays a couple pieces to focus on the great soloists of the Philharmonic as we hear more modern performances. We close with music performed by the New York Philharmonic following the 9/11 tragedy.
Stravinsky: Petrushka - The Shrovetide Fair, Charlatan's
Booth, Russian Dance
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/ Boulez