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).
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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.
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Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 4 String Quartet, IV
Tokyo String Quartet
4:18 Buy the CD
Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 5 String Quartet, III & IV
9:00, 5:10 Buy the CD
Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 6 String Quartet, III & IV
Emerson String Quartet
2:58, 8:15 Buy the CD
Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 1 String Quartet, I
Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 3 String Quartet, IV
5:25 Buy the CD
We pick up with Beethoven in the year 1806 with his string quartet commissioned by Count Razumovsky, the Russian Ambassador to Austria. We then hear "The Harp," nicknamed for the frequent use of pizzacato. In 1810, Beethoven published the last of his middle era. It was 12 years before Beethoven published another string quartet.
Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 2 String Quartet, III & IV
Fine Arts Quartet
Music & Arts 1154
7:26, 5:18 Buy the CD
Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 3 String Quartet, II
Emerson String Quartet
8:49 Buy the CD
Beethoven: Op. 74 String Quartet, I
9:36 Buy the CD
Beethoven: Op. 95 String Quartet
Alban Berg Quartet
19:30 Buy the CD
Bill brings us to Beethoven’s later string quartets, including Op. 131. It is the most tragic of his quartets, and was not heard in public until 1835, after Beethoven died. However, Schubert had heard it and requested to hear it on his deathbed. Four musicians came to play it for him five days before he died in 1928.
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You have opened up the world of Classical Music to me, where previously, it seemed too complicated.
This is simply one of the very best radio programmes in the medium!...The study of the people, the times, and the events that inform the music we otherwise enjoy and even, heaven forbid, take for granted, brings the entire world of the music and the composer to life.
There isn't a program you broadcast on Exploring Music" that isn't of interest. I find them all engaging. It is a combination of variety of subject, intellectual curiosity and your obvious enthusiasm which characterize your satisfying programs.
It’s a great way to re-engage myself with consciousness before heading off to work.
I Love this program! I am in 7th grade and I am the complete opposite of the other kids. I am 4th chair in the orchestra and I love to read. But most of all, I LOVE classical music!
Your show has helped open my mind and heart to this world of music, and every show I hear confirms my place in music and gives me new ideas for where I'd like to go with it in the future….I grew up with classical music as a child and always held it in my heart, but I didn't have the confidence to be a good student (or a good violinist.)
Listening to you is almost interactive.You invite us in with so many well modulated dramatic and informative comments, enticing, enthusiastic interpretations, and coherent, beautiful presentations. It's a privilege to follow you into the musical space you create.
I just love this program. It is soothing and comfortable at the end of the day. I find his comments interesting, but they aren't so dragged out that there is very little music. The balance of both is just right.