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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 I American 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 MetronomeBeethoven 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 Bruckner, Anton (FREE)CCall for ScoresCello Concertos Child's PlayChopin, FredericClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCopland, AaronCorigliano, JohnCzech out those Bohemians DDebussy, Claude (FREE)Demons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant Neighbors (FREE)Don't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvořák, 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 Land HHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHidden Gold, Part IIHindemith, PaulHHit or Myth Holiday CelebrationHomageII Didn't Know About YouI Hear a Rhapsody 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, LeosKKeyboard SmorgasbordLLatin 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 19th Century Paris: Waterloo to Bismarck Music in the Time of WarMusic of ScandinaviaMusical 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, Carl Ninth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New World Outward BoundPPastoral Symphonies Piano ConcertosPolandPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part I Portraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part II Ports of Call, Part I Ports of Call, Part II (FREE)Poulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part IProud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRavel, MauriceRRespighi, OttorinoRimsky-Korsakov and His PupilsRoaring 20's Russian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part I 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 01 (FREE)Symphony, 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 PhilharmonicThe Gathering Storm: Music from the Great Depression to WWIIThrough the Mail SlotTone Poems Too Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part II Unfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVeniceVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II 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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Tchaikovsky, Peter, Part II Purchase Now
Bill picks up in 1876 with two big pieces by Tchaikovsky. First we hear Variations on a Rococo Theme followed by Francesca da Rimini, inspired by the works of Dante. We close with a couple of pieces from The Seasons.
Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini (excerpt)
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme
Chamber Orch of Europe/Gardiner; Isserlis, vc.
We begin with excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s fourth symphony, which he completed with help from his patroness Nadezhda von Meck. Bill tells the story of Tchaikovsky’s failed marriage before we hear from his opera Eugene Onegin.
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in f minor, Op. 36 (excerpts)
1:38, :30, 18:16
Tchaikovsky: Letter Scene fr. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24
Orchestre de Paris/Bychkov; Focile, s.
Bill opens with “Praise ye the Lord from Heavens,” written in 1880. We hear another scene from the opera Eugene Onegin and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio written in memory of Nikolai Rubinstein. We end with excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s fifth symphony.
Tchaikovsky: “Praise ye the Lord from Heavens” fr. Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
LeningradGlika Choir/ Chernushenko
Russian Disc 11040
We hear the entirety of the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, as well as excerpts from Tchaikovsky's original version. Bill plays a bit more from the fifth symphony and excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty.
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Op. 49 (excerpts)
Moscow Radio Symphony Orch/Fedoseev
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Boston Symphony Orch/Davis
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet (original version excerpts)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in e minor, Op. 64, II + III (excerpt)
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty Suite (excerpts)
We close this exploration of Tchaikovsky with excerpts from the Manfred Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 Pathetique and a short clip from The Nutcracker.
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony, Op. 58, II
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch/Masur
Warner Classics 63781
Tchaikovsky: Valse Bluette fr. Morceaux, Op. 72
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in b minor, Pathetique, I & IV
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (excerpt)