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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 IGame 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 HereSt-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 IIThrough 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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Game of Pairs, Part I
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.