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Below are many of the more than 170 five-hour 'weeks' of Exploring Music 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 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 IIIAn 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 Beethoven and the PianoBeethoven QuartetsBerliozBernsteinBill's KeepersBrahms, Part IBrahms, Part IIBritten CCamille St-SaënsCello Concertos (FREE)Chicago Symphony Orchestra: The Big FiveChild's PlayChopinClowning 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 QuartetsEElgarEspanaFFamilies of InstrumentsFamily MattersFauréFit for a KingGGame of Pairs, Part IGame of Pairs, Part IIGershwinGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music And Its InfluencesHHandelHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHidden Gold, Part IIHindemithHoliday CelebrationHomageII Didn't Know About YouI Hear America SingingI Lost it at the Movies (FREE)Incidentally 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 BashMusic for the MassesMusic in the Time of WarNNadia BoulangerNationalismNew Releases, Part IINew Wine in Old Bottles (Free)New York Philharmonic: The Big Five, Part INew York Philharmonic: The Big Five, Part IINielsenNinth 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 IIProkofievRRachmaninoffRRavelRespighiRussian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman (William) SchumannShakespeare (FREE)Shostakovich, Part IShostakovich, Part IISibelius and GriegSounds of the City of Lights (FREE)SoundtracksSpring is HereSt. Matthew PassionStrauss (Richard)Stravinsky (FREE)Strings Plus OneTTchaikovsky, Part ITchaikovsky, Part IIThe Four SeasonsThe Proud Tower, Part IThe Proud Tower, Part IIThe Roaring 20'sThe Symphony, Part IThe Symphony, Part IIThe Symphony, Part IIIThe Symphony, Part IVThe Symphony, Part IXThe Symphony, Part VThe Symphony, Part VI (French)The Symphony, Part VII (Russian)The Symphony, Part VIIIThrough the Mail SlotTone PoemsToo Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part IIUnfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan WilliamsVeniceVerdi, Part IVerdi, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part IIViolaWWagnerWagner's Ring CycleWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?William WaltonWind QuintetsYYou and the Night and the Music
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This edition of Exploring Music focuses on sounds of the city of water and love: Venice. Venetians have been known for centuries to be able to turn their hands to anything and do it quite well, and judging by the great number of Venetian composers, music was no exception. Monteverdi, Palestrina, Vivaldi, Palestrina and Verdi feature.
The program opens with a short excerpt from Monteverdi's Vespro della beata virgine, Sonata sopra "Sancta Maria" as we are introduced to the city and given an answer to the question "why Venice?" The program continues with Lasso, beginning with the Kyrie from his Mass Qual donna and then moving into Gallans qui par terre, a recorder-driven instrumental. Next is Un jour l'amant, a madrigal, showing a contrast between sacred and secular. Next is a bit of Wiallert's sacred music: parts of his "Pater Noster" and "Ave Maria". Then we have a Roman composer who played a major influence on Venetian music: Palestrina, who singlehandedly saved the concept of polyphonic music. We hear the Kyrie and Gloria from his Pope Marcellus Mass. Next comes the 1600s and Gabrielli. We hear two pieces: Sonata Pian'e forte and Jubilate Deo. Milan composer Cima's Sonata per il Violino is next, followed by one last piece from Gabrieli: Canzon duodecimi toni and Canzon a 12 in echo, from the same set of recordings as the Sonata Pian'e forte.
Monteverdi: Vespro della beata virgine, Sonata sopra “Sancta Maria” (excerpt)
Cambridge King’s College Choir & London Early Music Consort
Lasso: Mass Qual donna, Kyrie
Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Lasso: Gallans qui par terre
Lasso: Un jour l’amant
Willaert: Pater Noster/Ave Maria
Capella Currende/Erik van Nevel
Palestrina: Pope Marcellus Mass: Kyrie and Gloria
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge/Willcocks
Gabrielli: Sonata Pian’e forte
Brass ensembles fr. Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras
Gabrielli: Jubilate Deo
Cima: Sonata per il Violino
Romanesca Manze, v; North, th; Tull, hps. & org.
Gabrieli: Canzon duodecimi toni & Canzon a 12 in echo
Brass ensembles fr. Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras
This segment picks up where the last one left off, with Gabrieli. The segment opens with his Ricercare del duodecimo tuono, a stately piece with some notable meter changes. Next is some of Monteverdi's works, beginning with a small spattering of madrigals: the 2nd, 4th, and 6th madrigals from Book III. Next are bits from Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, a massive early baroque piece written for performance in the Basillica of St. Mark's.
Gabrieli: Ricercare del duodecimo tuono
Monteverdi: 2nd, 4th, & 6th Madrigals from Book III
3:03, 3:17, 3:39
Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (excerpts) & Magnificat
The Monteverdi Choir; London Oratory Junior Choir; His Majesty’s Sagbuts & Cornetts; English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner
Monteverdi continues to dominate this segment, but this time he simply bookends it. We begin with excerpts from L'Orfeo, the story of Orpheus. We then meet some lesser well-known composers such as Strozzi, a rare female composer. Only a few pieces are available from her, but we hear two madrigals: "Bella madre d' amore" and "Chi di noi". Next we hear from Schütz, who studied under Monteverdi. The piece is "Fili mi, Absalon", a song using words from King David. The segment closes with Monteverdi once again, playing excerpts from Coronation di Poppea.
Monteverdi: L’Orfeo (excerpts from)
Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists; His Majesty’s Sagbuts & Cornetts/Gardiner; Johnson, Baird, Dawson, von Otter, soloists
Strozzi: “Bella madre d’ amore” & “Chi di noi”
Schütz: “Fili mi, Absalon”
Period instrument ensemble, van der Kamp, bs.
Monteverdi: Coronation di Poppea (excerpts)
English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner; McNair, von Otter, Hanchard, soloists
Archiv 447 088
This segment begins with some early Venetian opera. First is an aria, "Ardo, sospiro e piango", from Cavalli's opera La Callisto. Next is a violinist who may well have played in La Callisto, Castello, who wrote his own music. We hear his Sonata No. 1 for violin, which features a very particularly baroque sound. Then the program shifts to the most well-known of the Venetian composers: Vivaldi. We begin with Violin Concerto No. 11 in D Minor, part of Vivaldi's L'Estro Harmonico. Next is "al Santo Sepolcro", a Sinfonia in b, written for Good Friday. Then we hear a Bassoon Concerto in C, written during his time at a prominent school for girls in Venice. Then, after a short Flute concerto, we hear a piece of Vivaldi's famous Four Seasons: Winter.
Cavalli: “Ardo, sospiro e piango” fr. La Callisto
Scottish Chamber/Leppard; von Stade, s.
Castello: Sonata No. 1
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 3 No.11: L’Estro Harmonico RV 565
English Concert/Pinnock; Standage, v.; Wilcock, v.; Linden, vc.
Vivaldi: Sinfonia in b, RV 169: “al Santo Sepolcro”
Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in C, RV 478
I Solisti Italiana; Turkovic, bsn.
Vivaldi: Flute Concerto, “Il gardellino”, I
English Concert/Pinnock; Beznosiuk, fl.
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op.8 No.4: Winter
English Concert/Pinnock; Standage, v.
The fifth and final segment consists of works from world renowned and popular composers, starting with Vivaldi. We first hear a small segment of his Four Seasons--"Spring"--his most popular and well-known work. Amazingly, despite its current popularity, this piece and certainly other works of Vivaldi were rarely heard until about 50 years ago. Next is proof that despite Vivaldi's asthma, he was still more than capable of expounding on his religious views through his music. We hear his setting of Stabat Mater, a medieval poem for Good Friday. Closing out Vivaldi's selections are exerpts from his Gloria, a much cheerier piece to lift spirits. Next up is the 19th century, a sad time in Venetian history in which Venice lost its soveregnty. Throughout this time, outsiders were influenced by the once-great city, among them Rossini. Rossini became very popular in Venice, and among his "greatest hits" was The Italian Girl in Algiers, which he composed when he was only 21. We hear the overture. Finally, we hear from Verdi, who came to Venice and composed several operas, all of which were great successes. We hear a couple of bits from Rigoletto, the famous tenor aria "La donne e mobile" and the famous quartet "Bella figlla dell' amore". The segment then closes with the Act III Prelude and Finale from La Traviata.
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op.8 No. 1: Spring, I (excerpt) II & III
English Concert/Pinnock; Standage, v.
1:59, 2:40, 3:37
Vivaldi: Stabat Mater
Concertgebouw/Negri; Kovalski, alto
Philips 289 462 170
Vivaldi: Gloria (excerpts)
Atlanta Symphony & Chamber Chorus/Shaw
Rossini: The Italian girl in Algiers, overture
Verdi: “La donne e mobile” (excerpt) & “Bella figlia dell’ amore” from Rigoletto
Rome Opera Orchestra & Chorus/Perlea; Merrill, Peters & Bjorling soloists
Verdi: Act III Prelude & Finale from La Traviata
Royal Opera House Covent Garden/Solti; Gheorghiu, Lopardo, Beesley, Knight, & Nucci, soloists