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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 Oratorio Bach'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 Night (FREE)Director's ChoiceDistant Neighbors Don't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvořák, AntoninDvorak, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgar, EdwardEmotion and Meaning in MusicEnescu, GeorgesEspanaFFamilies 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 Singing (FREE)I 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 III (FREE)Liszt, Franz Little Night Music 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 from the Magic Box Music 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, SergeiRRavel, Maurice Respighi, 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 Orchestra (FREE)The 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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Mahler, Gustav, Part I Purchase Now
According to Mahler, “A symphony should be like the world: it must embrace everything.” With his ten-plus symphonies, Mahler’s world extended horizons beyond anything known to concert audiences. His vision stretched the boundaries of the orchestra, of the symphonic form and even this radio show! Join us for two full weeks on the symphonies of Gustav Mahler.
Bill deconstructs Mahler's symphonies while weaving through his early and difficult history in Bohemia (now Czech Republic). Mahler described his struggle as being "three times homeless--as a native of Bohemia in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, and as a Jew throughout the world."
Rott: Symphony in E Major (excerpts)
1:16, :45, 1:13
Mahler: Symphony No. 2, III (excerpt)
New York Phil/Walter
Mahler: Das Klagende Lied (excerpts)
Hallé Orch/Nagano; Blochwitz, ten.; Hagegård, bs.
Mahler: Lieder Eines Fahrenden Geselle
Vienna Phil/Bernstein; Hampson, bar.
Mahler: Symphony No. 1, Titan, I
Columbia Symphony/ Walter
Beginning with a 1905 recording of Mahler at the piano, BIll goes behind the scenes of the remaining movements in Symphony No. 1 along with several early vocal works.
Mahler: "Ging Heut Morgen Übers Feld" fr. Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen
Mahler: “Hans und Grete" fr. Lieder und Gesänge
Kirchschlager, ms.; Deutsch, p.
Mahler: Symphony No. 1, Titan, II, III & IV
7:45, 10:50, :08, :12, 19:16
Mahler: "Ich Ging Mit Lust Durch Einen Grünen Wald”
Mahler, p.; Carlson, ms.
1:42, 3:14, 2:08
The hour includes performances by conductors who effectively captured Mahler's essence, a juxtaposition of Mahler against "Wagner mania," and Bruno Walter's critique of Mahler.
Mahler: Symphony No. 2, III (excerpts)
New York Phil/Walter
Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, I
Mahler: Symphony No. 2, II “I Remember Mahler” Radio Interviews (excerpts)
BBC Legends 4136 NY Phil Special Edition Mahler Box Set
10:18, 1:29 :57
Mahler: “Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt” fr. Des Knaben Wunderhorn
LSO/Szell; FischerDieskau, bar.
Bruno Walter: NYPO broadcasts (excerpt)
NY Phil Special Edition Mahler Box Set
Mahler: Symphony No. 2, III & IV + V (excerpt)
NY Phil/Walter; Forrester, ms.
The segment focuses on lengthier showcases of Mahler's second and third symphonies performed by the New York Philharmonic. "The Changing of the Guard" is the song upon which Symphony No. 3, III movement, is based.
Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, excerpt + IV & V
NY Phil/Walter; Forrester, ms.; Cundari, s.
Mahler: “Ablösung im Sommer” fr. Lieder und Gesänge
Kirchschlager, ms.; Deutsch, p.
Mahler: Symphony No. 3, III
New York Phil/Bernstein
Mahler envisioned a huge array of instruments and choirs to call forth summer from the "dead world of winter," with messages from meadow flowers, forest creatures, night, morning bells, love, and heavenly life influencing each of the seven sections.
Bill also offers an interesting look into the Mahler revival of the 1960s.
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in d minor, I, IV & V
NY Phil/Bernstein; Ludwig, ms.
Mahler: “Wenn Mein Schatz Hochzeit Macht” fr. Liedereines Fahrenden Gesellen
Columbia Symphony Orch/Walter; Miller, ms.