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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.
AAmerican Masters, Part I American 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 Oratorio Bach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor MassBallad of East and West Barber, SamuelBartok, BelaBeethoven & that Danged MetronomeBeethoven 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 Bruckner, Anton (FREE)CCall for ScoresCello Concertos Child's PlayChopin, FredericClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCopland, AaronCorigliano, JohnCzech out those Bohemians DDebussy, Claude (FREE)Demons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the Night (FREE)Director's ChoiceDistant Neighbors Don't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvořák, AntoninDvorak, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgar, EdwardEmotion and Meaning in MusicEnescu, GeorgesEspanaFFamilies 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 Land HHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHidden Gold, Part IIHindemith, PaulHHit or Myth Holiday CelebrationHomageII Didn't Know About YouI Hear a Rhapsody I Hear America Singing (FREE)I 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, LeosKKeyboard SmorgasbordLLatin CarnivalLes SixLife Among the Dead: Requiem MassesListener's Choice, Part IIListener's Choice, Part III (FREE)Liszt, Franz Little Night Music 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 from the Magic Box Music in 19th Century Paris: Waterloo to Bismarck Music in the Time of WarMusic of ScandinaviaMusical 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, Carl Ninth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New World Outward BoundPPastoral Symphonies Piano ConcertosPolandPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part I Portraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part II Ports of Call, Part I Ports of Call, Part II (FREE)Poulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part IProud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRRavel, Maurice Respighi, OttorinoRimsky-Korsakov and His PupilsRoaring 20's Russian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part I 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 01 (FREE)Symphony, Part 02 Symphony, Part 03 Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05 Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08 Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10TTchaikovsky, Peter, Part ITchaikovsky, Peter, 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 Gathering Storm: Music from the Great Depression to WWIIThrough the Mail SlotTone Poems Too Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part II Unfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVeniceVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II 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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Tchaikovsky, Peter, Part I Purchase Now
Bill launches into the first of a two part series on Tchaikovsky. We hear a bit from Mikhail Glinka, who broke from the Italian school to invent the Russian school of music. And we hear from young Pyotr Tchaikovsky, who was set apart from Russia's Mighty Handful by his European training.
Tchaikovsky: Impromptu in E-flat Major, Op. 1 No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Scherzo a la Russe, Op. 1 No. 1
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Tchaikovsky: String Quartet in B-flat Major
Tchaikovsky: The Storm (Groza) Op. 76
Tchaikovsky arr. Riley: “None But the Lonely Heart,” Op. 6 No. 6
Philharmonia Orch/Domingo; Domingo, ten.
Bill backtracks to provide more biographical information on Tchaikovsky before playing two of Tchaikovsky’s three “Souvenir de Hapsal” for piano. We close with Tchaikovsky’s first symphony, called “Winter Dreams.”
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Hapsal Op. 2 No. 1: The Castle Ruins
Tchaikovsky arr. Kreisler: Souvenir de Hapsal, Op. 2 No. 3: Song Without Words
A. Sitkovetsky, v.; O. Sitkovetsky, p.
Tchaikovsky: “A Summer Love Tale,” Op. 6 No. 2
DeGaetani, ms.; Kalish, p.
Tchaikovsky: “Otchevo (Why?),”Op. 6 No. 5
Leiferkus, bar.; Skigin, p.
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in g minor, Winter Dreams
We hear a bit more of Tchaikovsky’s romantic life. Bill plays Romance in F Minor, dedicated to Belgian soprano Desiree Artot. Her marriage to another man influenced Tchaikovsky’s music for some time afterward. We finish with music from Tchaikovsky’s second symphony.
Tchaikovsky: Romance in f minor, Op. 5
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11, I & II
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Nikolai Rubinstein’s Saint’s Day
Tchaikovsky: Morceaux for Piano, Op. 10 (excerpt)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in c minor, Op. 17, I & III
We open with excerpts from The Snow Maiden, incidental music for a Russian play. We also hear incidental music from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, “Do You Hear the Nightingale?" Bill ends with Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1, one of his most famous pieces.
Tchaikovsky: The Snow Maiden (excerpts)
Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Järvi
Mussorgsky: Dawn on the Moscow River fr. Khovanshchina
Tchaikovsky: “Do You Hear the Nightingale?” fr. Romeo & Juliet
Scottish Nat’l Orch/Järvi; Lewis, ten.; Murphy, s.
Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in b flat minor, I
RCA Symphony Orch/Kondrashin; Cliburn, p.
Bill picks back up with the second and third movements of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1. We also hear from the Sérénade Mélancolique and excerpts of Swan Lake.
Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in bflat minor, I (excerpt)
RCA Symphony Orch/Kondrashin; Cliburn, p.
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1, II & III
Berlin Phil/Abbado; Argerich, p.
Tchaikovsky: Sérénade Mélancolique, Op. 26
LA Phil/Wallenstein; Heifetz, v.
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 in D Major, Op. 29, Polish, V (+ IV excerpt)
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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a (excerpts)