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AAmerican Masters, Part IAmerican 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 OratorioBach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor MassBallad of East and West Barber, SamuelBartok, BelaBeethoven & that Danged Metronome (FREE)Beethoven 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 CCall for ScoresCello Concertos Child's PlayChopin, FredericClash of the Titans Clowning Around (FREE)Copland, AaronCorigliano, JohnCzech out those Bohemians DDebussy, ClaudeDemons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant NeighborsDon't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvorak, AntoninDvorak, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgar, EdwardEmotion and Meaning in MusicEspanaFFamilies 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 LandHHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHHidden Gold, Part IIHindemith, PaulHit or Myth Holiday 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 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, LeosLLatin CarnivalLes SixLife Among the Dead: Requiem MassesListener's Choice, Part IIListener's Choice, Part IIILiszt, Franz 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 in the Time of WarMusic of Scandinavia (FREE)Musical 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, CarlNinth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New WorldOutward BoundPPastoral SymphoniesPiano ConcertosPolandPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part I Portraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part II Poulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part IProud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRavel, Maurice Respighi, OttorinoRimsky-Korsakov and His PupilsRRoaring 20'sRussian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare (FREE)Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part I (FREE)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 01Symphony, Part 02 Symphony, Part 03 Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05 Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10TTchaikovsky, Peter, Part ITchaikovsky, Peter, Part IIThe Big Five, Part I: Chicago Symphony OrchestraThe Big Five, Part I: New York PhilharmonicThe Big Five, Part II: New York PhilharmonicThrough the Mail SlotTone Poems Too Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part IIUnfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVeniceVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II (FREE)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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Game of Pairs, Part I Purchase Now
Haydn and Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms, Copland and Bernstein – these are just a few of the legendary artistic partnerships that have changed the course of musical history. With a tip of the hat to Bartók, we'll listen to some of the music that resulted from these illustrious collaborations and connections.
Bill explores the way in which composers learn from the composers who came before them. We hear music from Vivaldi and how he influenced a young J.S. Bach, including in the Brandenburg Concerti.
Antonio Vivaldi: Violin Concerto No. 10, L’amoroso, in E Major, RV 271, I & II
The English Concert/Andrew Manze, Manze; Manze, v.
Vivaldi: Concerto In B Minor For 4 Violins & Cello, Op. 3/10, RV 580, L’Estro Armonico Academy Of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood; Monica Huggett, Catherine Mackintosh, Elizabeth Wilcock & John Holloway, violins
Vivaldi: Concerto in A minor for 2 violins, RV 522, Op. 3 No. 8, III
English Concert/Pinnock; Standage & Wilcock, vlns.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Organ Concerto In A Minor, BWV 593
(After Vivaldi’s Concerto Op. 3 No. 8), III (excerpt)
Karl Richter, org.
Bach: Italian Concerto, BWV 971
Cyprien Katsaris, p.
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
(rehearsal + complete performance)
Marlboro Festival Orchestra/Pablo Casals
We cover the connection between Haydn and Beethoven, starting with Beethoven’s strained apprenticeship with the older composer. Bill plays paired pieces including symphonies and string quartets from each.
Haydn: Symphony #86 In D, H 1/86, I, IV (excerpt)
Beethoven: Symphony #1 In C, Op. 21, I, IV (excerpt)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert Von Karajan
Haydn: String Quartet #25 In C, Op. 20/2, H 3/32, I
Lindsay String Quartet
Beethoven: String Quartet In F, Op. 59/1, Razumovsky, I
Emerson String Quartet
Haydn: Symphony #45 In F Sharp Minor, H 1/45, Farewell, I
Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra/Fischer
Beethoven: Symphony #5 In C Minor, Op. 67, I
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Carlos Kleiber
Bill continues his examination of the relationship between Haydn and Beethoven, focusing on two particular symphonies from each. We’ll hear Haydn’s Symphony No. 88 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 side by side with Bill’s commentary.
Haydn: String Quartet No. 27 in D, Op. 20 No. 4, II (excerpt)
Angeles String Quartet
Haydn: Symphony No. 88, I, II (excerpt), III (excerpts), IV
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner
:23, :35, 1:10, :26, 1:16, 3:27,
Beethoven: Symphony #7 In A, Op. 92, I, II, III, IV
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Carlos Kleiber
13:33, 8:08, 8:13, :11, 8:36
Haydn: Symphony No. 22 in E flat, The Philosopher, I (excerpt)
Lausanne Chamber Orchestra/Jesús López-Cobos
We move to Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, and the friendship between the two composers. Bill brings in outside expertise from professors Harold Bloom and Richard Taruskin.
Robert Schumann: F. A. E. Sonata, Intermezz
Ilya Kaler, v.; Boris Slutsky. p.
Johannes Brahms: F. A. E. Sonata, Op. 5, Scherzo Pinchas Zukerman, v.; Daniel Barenboim p.
Schumann: Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola & Cello in E-flat Major, Op. 47, III
Juilliard Quartet; Glenn Gould, p.
Brahms: Trio In B Major, Op. 8, I
Artur Rubinstein, p.; Jascha Heifetz, v.; Emanuel Feuermann, vc.
Schumann: Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 54- I. Allegro Affettuoso Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell; Leon Fleisher, p.
Brahms: Piano Concerto #1 In D Minor, Op. 15, I (excerpt)
Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell; Rudolf Serkin, p.
Schumann: Davidsbundler Dances, Opus 6- II. Innig (excerpt)
Joseph Kalichstein, p.
The first part of the Game of Pairs ends with more music from Schumann and Brahms. Bill points out influences of Schumann in Brahms’ third symphony.
Schumann: Arabeske, Op. 18
Evgeny Kissin, p.
Schumann: “Im Wundershonen Monat Mai” & “Aus Meinen Tranen Spriessen” from Dichterliebe
Bo Skovhus, bar.; Helmut Deutsch, p.
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97, Rhenish
Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell
Brahms: Symphony #3 In F, Op. 90, I & IV
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Claudio Abbado
Brahms: “Unbewegte Laue Luft”, Op. 57/8
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, ms.; Peter Serkin, p.