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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 OratorioBach'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 IIHHindemith, PaulHit 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 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 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 OrchestraThe 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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Vaughan Williams, Ralph Purchase Now
Composer of nine masterful symphonies, editor of the English Hymnal, an ambulance driver in WWI and great-nephew to Charles Darwin, Ralph Vaughan Williams was a prolific and intriguing figure who was at the vanguard of English music in the early 20th century. This week, we'll look at his life and sample his music.
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 (excerpt)
Handel: Water Music (excerpt)
Gilbert & Sullivan: Pirates of Penzance (excerpt)
Pro Arte Orchestra/Sargent
Wagner: Die Walküre (excerpt)
Holst: Mars fr. The Planets (excerpt)
Vaughan Williams: “The Vagabond”
Terfel, bar.; Martineau, p.
Vaughan Williams: In the Fen Country (excerpts) & A Norfolk Rhapsody (excerpt)
Vaughan Williams: String Quartet No. 1, I
English String Quartet
Debussy: Quartet for strings in G Minor (excerpt)
Vaughan Williams: Selections fr. “On Wenlock Edge”
Britten Quartet; Langridge, ten.; Shelley, p.
Vaughan Williams: The Wasps: Overture
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 1, A Sea Symphony, I
London Philharmonic/Boult; Armstrong, s.; Case, bar.
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Butterworth: “The Lads in their Hundreds”
Luxon, bar.; Willison, p.
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2, London, III
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2, LondonLondon Philharmonic/Boult, I (excerpt), IV
Holst: Mars from The Planets (excerpt)
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin (excerpt)
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Birmingham Symphony/Rattle; Kennedy, v.
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 3, Pastoral, I
LSO/Previn; Harper, s.
Vaughan Williams: Kyrie from Mass in G Minor
King’s College Choir/Willcocks
Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, I
LSO/Thomson; Sillito, v.
Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love (excerpts)
Northern Sinfonia/Hickox + soloists
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves
Sinfonia of London/Barbirolli
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4, I
Vaughan Williams: “Beat, Beat Drums” fr. Dona Nobis Pacem
Vaughan Williams: Prelude to 49th Parallel
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5, I
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5, finale (excerpt)
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6, I
Vaughan Williams: “The Cloud-Capped Towers” & “Over Hill, Over Dale”
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 7, Sinfonia Antarctica, I & II
Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra, II
LSO/Thomson; Harrild, tuba
Vaughan Williams: “Serenade to Music”
ECO & Corydon Singers/Best
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 9 (excerpt)