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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.
AA Green and Pleasant LandA Little Traveling Music, Please American Masters, Part I (FREE)American Masters, Part IIAmerican Masters, Part IIIAmerican Masters, Part IVAn Intelligent ConversationArias & BarcarollesArtists in Exile, Part IArtists in Exile, Part IIAutumn Leaves BBach Sleeps in on Sundays Bach to Beethoven Bach's Christmas OratorioBach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor MassBarberBartokBeethoven & that Danged Metronome (FREE)Beethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven QuartetsBerliozBernsteinBill's KeepersBoulanger, NadiaBrahms, Part IBrahms, Part II Britten CCall for ScoresCello Concertos (FREE)Child's PlayChopinClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCoplandCoriglianoCzech out those BohemiansDDebussyDemons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant NeighborsDon't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvorakDvorák, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String QuartetsEElgarEmotion and Meaning in MusicEspanaFFamilies of InstrumentsFamily MattersFauréFit for a KingFour SeasonsFrom This Mighty River: Music of the Children of J.S BachGGame of Pairs, Part I (FREE)Game of Pairs, Part IIGershwinGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music And Its InfluencesHHandelHHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHidden Gold, Part IIHindemithHoliday CelebrationHomageII Didn't Know About YouI Hear America SingingI Lost it at the Movies (FREE)In a Family WayIncidentally SpeakingIntimate VoicesInvitation to the Dance, Part IInvitation to the Dance, Part IIInvitation to the Dance, Part IIIIt Takes Two to TangoIt Was a Lover and His LassItalian SouvenirsJJanáčekLLatin CarnivalLes SixLife Among the Dead: Requiem MassesListener's Choice, Part IIListener's Choice, Part IIILisztMMagnificent MagyarsMahler, Part IMahler, Part IIMaiden VoyagesMendelssohnMendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String QuartetsMerrie EnglandMozart at his Zenith (FREE)Mozart Piano ConcertosMozart's Birthday BashMozart: Bright Lights, Big CityMusic for the MassesMusic in the Time of WarMusical Cryptograms NNationalismNew Releases, Part IINew Wine in Old Bottles (FREE)NielsenNinth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New WorldOutward BoundPPastoral SymphoniesPiano ConcertosPolandPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part IPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part IIPoulenc, FrancisProkofievRRachmaninoffRavelRespighiRoaring 20'sRussian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, RobertShakespeare (FREE)Shostakovich, Part I (FREE)Shostakovich, Part IISibelius and GriegSounds of the City of LightsSoundtracksSpring is Here (FREE)St-Saëns, Camille St. Matthew PassionStrauss, RichardStravinsky (FREE)String Quartets from Fibich to SibeliusStrings Plus OneSweet Home Chicago (FREE)Symphony, Part 01Symphony, Part 02Symphony, Part 03Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10TTchaikovsky, Part ITchaikovsky, 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 Proud Tower, Part IThe Proud Tower, Part IIThe Violin ConcertoThrough the Mail SlotTone PoemsToo Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part IIUnfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan WilliamsVeniceVerdi, Part IVerdi, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part IIViolaWWagnerWagner's Ring CycleWalton, WilliamWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?Wind QuintetsWunderkinder Part OneWunderkinder Part TwoYYou and the Night and the Music
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Nobody Ever Builds a Statue to a Critic
Bill explains the topic of this week's show and kicks things off with a mystery composer. Bill tells of critic composer Robert Schumann, who offered Chopin great support, and modern critic Charles Rosen. Rosen wrote, "Almost all art is subversive. It attacks established values and replaces them with that of its own creation."
Schumann: Carnival, Op.9
V. Eusebius (excerpt)
XII. Chopin (excerpt)
Chopin: Variations on "Là ci darem la mano," Op.2
Introduction (Largo-Poco più mosso)
Warsaw Philharmonic/Kord; Ohlsson,p.
18:50, :36, :23
Mozart: Don Giovanni
“La ci Darem la Mano”
“Venite Pur Avanti” (excerpt)
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields/Marriner; Allen, t.;McLaughlin,s.
3:11, 1:17, 00:34
Mozart: String Quintet No.4 in G minor, K. 516
II Adagio (excerpt)
Alban Berg Quartet; Wolf, vla.
Mozart: "Ach, ich fühl's" fr. Die Zauberflöte
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields/Marriner; Te Kanawa, s.
Mozart: Symphony No. 40, K. 550, I (excerpt) & IV
Marlboro Festival Orchestra/Casals
Bill asks what is the role of the music critic, and are they doing a good job. Bill tells the story of E.T.A Hoffman's 16 page long review of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, which took over a year to write. Schumann's review of Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique shows the research and thought that good music criticism requires. Bill includes an interview with Tim Page, a Pultizer prize winning music critic.
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109 I (excerpt)
Rudolf Serkin, p.
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op. 67
I. Allegro Con Brio; IV. Allegro
Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra Of Venezuela/Dudamel
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
London 430 792-2
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Op. 125
London 430 792-2
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14, V
Interview: Tim Page
Busoni, arr. John Adams: Berceuse Elegiaque
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Alsop
Busoni: Piano Concerto
IV. All' Italiana: Vivace
Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnanyi; Ohlsson,p.
Bill comments on Claude Debussy's pieces and their use of whole tone scales, which were panned by a lot of critics at the time. Similar to Debussy, Richard Strauss's opera, Salome, was not well received in 1907. It was even forbidden to be performed again, though that ban has not held up to the test of time. In his next interview, Bill speaks with former New York Times music critic, Joseph Horowitz and The Chicago Tribune critic John Von Rhein.
Debussy: Pelléas Et Mélisande (excerpt)
Vienna Phil & Vienna State Opera Chorus/Abbado
Debussy: La Mer
interview: Joe Horowitz
Liszt: Un Sospiro, S 144/3
R. Strauss: Salome: Tanz der sieben Schleier (excerpt)
Interview: John von Rhein
Sibelius: Symphony #5 In E Flat, Op. 82, III
City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Rattle
Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger was bashed by many critics upon it's release. One critic went as far as to only identify himself as "a sufferer" in the byline. Bill speaks with critic Terry Teachout before telling the story of Stravinsky and Schoenberg, who were both doing very interesting and inventive things with harmony, but disliked the other's works. Stravinksy's Rite of Spring caused havoc in Paris when it was first performed in 1913.
Wagner: Prelude fr. Die Meistersinger, Act. I
Interview: Terry Teachout
Moravec: Mood Swings
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 (excerpts)
20th Century Classics Ensemble/Craft
Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring - Part 1
London Symphony Orchestra/Bernstein
Bill begins with Virgil Thomson, another composer/critic, and the difficulty of composers critiquing one another. Bill goes on to speak with critic Andrew Patner about whether critics should maintain a distance from composers or know them well. We close with back to back Beatles and Mahler.
MacDowell: To A Wild Rose fr. Woodland Sketches, Op. 51 (excerpt)
MacDowell: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 23 in d minor, II
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Hendl; Cliburn,p.
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, I (excerpt)
Interview: Andrew Patner
Kurka: The Good Solider Schweik (excerpts)
Chicago Opera Theater/Platt
9:06, 2:18, 2:58,
McCartney, gtr. & voc.
Mahler: Symphony No. 10, V