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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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It Takes Two to Tango Purchase Now
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
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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.