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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, Aaron (FREE)Corigliano, 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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Verdi, Giuseppe, Part II Purchase Now
Join us for the second part of our two-week series featuring Verdi with more of his operas and other works, both iconic and underappreciated. Verdi takes on Italian painters, Egyptian princesses, and composes perhaps the grandest requiem ever written. Rumor has it that at Verdi's funeral a hundred thousand voices rose in song as Toscanini conducted the “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves” from his opera Nabucco.
This program teaches us the danger of mixing romance and politics with Verdi's Don Carlo and Aida.
Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo (excerpts)
Royal Opera House/Giulini; Plácido Domingo, ten.; Montserrat Caballé, s.; soloists
1:17, 17:04, 11:22
Verdi: "Se Quel Guerrier Io fossi!...Celeste Aida" fr. Aida, Act I
Orchestra dell’ Opera di Parma/Morandi; Kauffman, ten.
Verdi: Aida (excerpts)
Rome Opera House Orchestra & Chorus/Solti; Vickers, ten.; Price, sop.; soloists
:34, 5:06, 9:41
We begin our exploration of Verdi's requiem with heroic percussion, a fiery Dies Irae, and Toscanini & Muti conducting. Don't miss it!
Giuseppe Verdi: Messa Da Requiem: Requiem & Kyrie
NBC Symphony Orchestra/Arturo Toscanini; Herva Nelli, s.; Fedora Barbieri, ms; Giuseppe Di Stefano, t.; Cesare Siepi, b.
Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem: Dies Irae
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Riccardo Muti; Mario Zeffiri, t. Olga Borodina, s.
CSO Resound 901-1006
A trumpet call, a double fugue and we're off. We finish our exploration of Verdi's Requiem and listen to Verdi's lesser known string quartet.
Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem: Offertorio, Sanctus, Angus Dei, Lux Aeterna, Libera Me
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Riccardo Muti; Mario Zeffiri, t.; Olga Borodina, s.
CSO Resound 901-1006
Verdi: String Quartet in E Minor, III & IV
Quartetto Italiano (Paolo Borciani & Elisa Pegreffi, v.; Lionello Forzanti, vla.; Franco Rossi, vc.)
Amadeus- Quartetto Italiano, The Early Recordings
Verdi was a composer who just couldn't quit, and the same is true for Exploring Music. On Thursday, we see Shakespeare's Othello through Verdi's eyes.
Giuseppe Verdi: Otello: Act I, II & IV (excerpts)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Muti
CSO Resound 9011301
8:02, 12:18, 5:12, 5:12, 2:36, 16:26
Friday is our last day celebrating Verdi, and boy do we go out with a bang. Join us for the heart wrenching end of Otello and the glorious Falstaff!
Giuseppe Verdi: Otello- Act IV (excerpts)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Muti; soloists
CSO Resound 9011303
Verdi: Falstaff- Act I (excerpts), Act III (excerpts)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra & Radio Chorus/Solti; Van Dam, bs. bar.; soloists
9:18, 15:43, 7:36
Verdi: “Quand'ero paggio” fr. Falstaff (excerpt)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Alberto Erede; Tito Gobbi, bar.