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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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The first segment begins with a pair of short songs from very early on Fauré's career, "Le Papillon et la Fleur", and "Mai". Both were written when Fauré was only 16 years old, and they are stunningly beautiful. Next we hear Trois Romances sans paroles, "three romances without words" for piano. Fauré was adept at writing keyboard pieces, owing to his studies as an organ student. In line with this train of thought, we next move on to Cantique de Jean Racine, a five-minute piece written by Fauré for organ and choir. The version we hear is performed by an all-male chorus, with the higher registers sung by boys. Next is a piece called Allegro Symphonique, for four hands on piano. It began its life as a symphony written by Fauré when he was 20, then was adapted for piano a short time later. To end the segment, we hear a more mature piece by Fauré: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major.
Gabriel Fauré: “Le Papillon Et La Fleur”, Op. 1/1
Janet Baker, ms.; Geoffrey Parsons, p.
We first hear a little bit of amusement: Souvenirs de Bayreuth, made up entirely of little Wagner quotes that transforms the Ring cycle into comical party music. Next is another short little song, "Après Un Rêve", reminiscent of a rough rejection Fauré went through in life. We then hear a solo trumpet piece, the "Vocalise", which displays Fauré's wonderful gift of melody, regardless of the instrument. This is also heard in Fauré's Elégie, played in this segment on cello in C minor. C minor also features in the Piano Quartet #1 in C minor, a much lengthier piece that proves that in addition to Fauré's status as a "master of miniatures" he was also very capable of long works as well. We then finish with another small piece: "Berceuse", for piano and violin.
Gabriel Fauré: Souvenirs De Bayreuth #1
Patrick De Hooge, Pierre-Alain Volondat, pnos.
This segment begins with a short song titled "Mandoline", from L'Horizon Chimerique, then contrasts the somewhat joyous sounding piece with Nocturne No. 2, a beautiful mix of soft, moonlit passages combined with rambling restlessness. Then, with those little bits out of the way, we launch into Fauré's famous Requiem. We hear the whole thing, taking less than a minute to breathe for a moment in between. Fauré did not write his Requiem for anything in particular, instead writing it for his own enjoyment. It's an easy piece to learn for singers, and as a result is a popular piece for choir. We close the segment down with "Menuet" and "Pastorale", two short pieces from the Masques et Bergamasques Suite.
Fauré: “Mandoline” fr. L'Horizon Chimerique, Op. 118
Sanford Sylvan, bar.; David Breitman, p.
This segment begins with a short duet for soprano and baritone called "Pleurs d'or"--Tears of Gold. As established before, Fauré is a master of both the short and long forms, and what we hear next is one of his most famous, barring only the Requiem. We hear four sections of the Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, a set of incidental music written for a play in London. We revisit a short excerpt from the second section, but this time instead of orchestra it is played by piano and solo violin. Ten years before he wrote this music, he wrote the Madrigal de Shylock, another batch of incidental music for a play; we hear two pieces from it. Next is the Quartet for Strings in E minor, a piece composed toward the end of his life. We hear the 3rd movement, "Allegro". Next is the Dolly Suite, a collection of six pieces for piano, four-hands. They are about intimate and charming little details regarding a family Fauré was quite familiar with. The segment then closes with another short song, "Au Bord de L'eau", from Three Songs.
Gabriel Fauré: “Pleurs d'or”, Op. 72
Victoria De Los Angeles, s.; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, b.;
Gerald Moore, p.
We begin the final segment on Fauré with a wonderful piece: Violin Sonata No. 2 in E minor, of which we hear the second movement. We then hear the "Barcarolle No. 4", a short piece played by a woman who studied with Fauré, and then the large and lengthy Piano Trio in D minor, written during the last year of Fauré's life. Despite how old he was, Fauré's music did not betray his age, and sounded as vivacious and as beautiful as his earlier music. Next we hear a flute piece called "Fantaisie", which Fauré composed as a test piece for the Paris Conservatorie. The next piece comes not from Fauré, but from a composer named Florent Schmitt, who composed In Memoriam Gabriel Fauré, a memorial piece that resembles almost nothing that Fauré ever composed. We then wrap the program up with a wonderful setting of Fauré's Pavane.
Gabriel Fauré: Violin Sonata #2 In E Minor, Op. 108, II
Renaud Capuçon, v.; Michel Dalberto, p.
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