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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 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 I (FREE)Game of Pairs, Part IIGershwinGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music And Its InfluencesHHandelHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHHaydn 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, FrancisProkofievRRachmaninoffRavelRespighiRoaring 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 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 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 IIThe Violin ConcertoThrough 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 (FREE)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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It Takes Two to Tango
A duo doesn't always have two people. In J.S Bach’s Inventions Nos. 8 & 6 left and right hand of the piano hold contrapuntal conversations. Then, listen to how seamlessly No 6 is arranged for violin and cello. A slower tempo, and the interpretation fills with yearning. Our next duo is an unlikely one, marimba and banjo playing Invention No. 13. Surprisingly, the banjo has all the elegance of an acoustic guitar, and the marimba brings an unexpected warmth.
In Telemann's Sonata No. 1 fr. 6 Canonic Sonatas, flute and oboe flirt with unison and harmony. Much like the tango, this duo is all about the tension of coming together and coming apart.
It’s not long before we’re back to Bach. In his Concerto for Two Violins, harpsichord and strings paint a backdrop for the duet between the violins.
Much of Bach’s music was lost, but thankfully not his Concerto for Violin and Oboe. Hilary Hahn & Allan Vogel play on period instruments.
Our next selection is still from Germany, but a few centuries later with Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin & Cello II. A master of counterpoint, Brahms makes some unexpected choices.
J.S. Bach: Inventions Nos. 8 & 6
Peter Serkin, p.
J.S. Bach: Invention No. 6
Kennedy, v.; Harrel, vc.
J.S. Bach: Invention No. 13
B. Fleck, banjo; Glennie, marimba
Telemann: Sonata No. 1 fr. 6 Canonic Sonatas
Schulz, fl.; Schellenberger, ob.
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J.S. Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in d minor
Academy ofAncientMusic/Manze; Manze & Podger, vlns.
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Violin & Oboe, I
L.A.Chamber/Kahane; Hahn, v.; Vogel, ob.
Brahms: Double Concerto for Violin & Cello, II & III
Cleveland/Szell; Oistrakh, v.; Rostropovich, vc.
Bill samples horn fifths on the keyboard, and describes Mozart's additions to the horn's aural vocabulary. Mozart continues to innovate with his use of the bassoon combined with the cello. In the year 1785, Mozart progresses in his opera career by continuing work on Figaro. Here is another playlist of unique duos.
Mozart: Horn Duo No. 8, K. 487
Ab Koster, Knut Hasselmann hns.
Mozart: Sonata for Bassoon & Cello, K. 292, II & III
Gary Stucka, vc; Bruce Grainger, bs.
Mozart: Sonata for Violin & Piano, K. 481, II
Perlman, v.; Barenboim, p.
Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365 (excerpt)
Marlboro Festival Orch/ Schneider; Rudolf and Peter Serkin, pnos.
Mozart: Excerpts from: The Marriage of Fiagro, Cosi fan Tutti & Don Giovanni
Orchestra del Acadamia Nationale de Santa Cecilia/ Chung; Bartoli, s.; Terfel, bar.
Decca 458 928
10:35, 6:31, 3:08
Join Bill as he explores the Sonata, a form which places the piano on equal footing as the instrument. Beethoven, Brahms and Strauss all feature, with a particular stand out in Brahm's first Violin Sonata that perfectly illustrates both the melencholy and majesty of rain with only violin and piano.
Beethoven: Sonata No. 9 in A Major for Violin & Piano,“Kreutzer”I
Perlman, v.; Ashkenazy, p.
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1, I
P. Frank, v.; P.Serkin, p.
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Brahms: Sonata for Violoncello & Piano, Op. 99, I
Ma, vc.; Ax, p.
Strauss: Duet Concertino
CSOMembers/Barenboim; Combs, cl.; McGill, bsn.
Duos develop and a cat fight breaks out on the opera stage to open. But then comes the love between two, which is a theme much pondered in the development of duos. Catch a fresh breath of air in Verdi's "Un di, felice" and "Parigi, o cara." Then give an ear to Shakespeare's mark on the love affair in the famous "Othello." But the panic picks up again with Ravel's Cat Duet.
Rossini: Cat Duet
Schwarzkopf & De Los Angeles, sopranos; Moore, p.
Verdi: “Un di, felice” & “Parigi, o cara” fr. La TraviataLon 421308-2
National Phil/ Bonynge; Pavarotti & Sutherland, soloists
Verdi: “Gianella notte densa” fr. Othello
Vienna Phil/ Solti; Cosutta & Price, soloists
Verdi: Act II, Scene 1 duet fr. Don Carlos
Covent Garden/ Giulini; Domingo & Milnes
Wagner: Die Walküre (excerpt)
Puccini: “Chegelida manina” & “O suave fanciulla” fr. La Boheme
BPO/Karajan; Pavarotti & Freni, soloists
Ravel: Cat Duet
LSO/ Previn; Huttenlocher & Finnie, soloists
From college exams to compositions, listen now to Debussy's modern sounding Sonata for Violoncello as the duo's voices exchange their concerns. Perhaps the sore tones relate to the losses of the first World War. Bill explores music that sounds out a dance, once again providing you with a breath of fresh air, or an ignorance of reality. Nostalgia and culture mix together.
Debussy: Premiere Rapsodie
Shifrin, cl.; Watts, p.
Debussy: Sonata for Violoncello, I
Gary Hoffman, vc; David Golub, p
Ravel: Duo for Violin and Violoncello, I & II
Laredo, v.; Robinson, vc.
Barber: Souvenirs (excerpts from)
Slatkin, Browning, Pnos.
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364(excerpts from)
Vienna Phil/ Harnoncourt; Kremer, v.; Kashkashian, vla.