Our exploration of the symphony continues with a look Russia's contributions, from Rubinstein and Rimski through Glazunov and Gliere.
An exploration of the six Cantatas performed in Leipzig’s St. Thomas and St. Nicholas Churches in December 1734.
Join us as we savor Beethoven's sixteen seminal contributions to the string quartet form- plus the Grosse Fuga- to celebrate the great master's 240th birthday.
We’ll explore the lives and music of the two Scandinavian greats: Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius. Music includes a number of chamber works, Grieg’s Peer Gynt, the Norwegian Dances and several Sibelius symphonies.
The symphony has been fertile ground for composers throughout history and around the world. This week, we'll follow its development in France in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
This week, we’ll explore the sections of the modern orchestra: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.
Bill steps up to the plate explore to trios of all sorts, from the finale of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier to the Beethoven Triple Concerto and more.
For some, Aaron Copland conjures images of covered wagons and endless frontiers. For others, he evokes Olympic athletes, astronauts and fallen heroes. From waves of grain to stars and stripes, Aaron Copland defined the soundtrack to everything American. This week, we’ll trace his trek from the heart of Brooklyn to the heart of a nation. Featured works include Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, Fanfare for the Common Man and Billy the Kid.
Bill's inbox is overflowing with albums sent by friends from around the world. This week, he spins some of his top picks.
Strauss - whose musical life spanned nine decades, two world wars and the Third Reich - was one of Germany's most gifted and controversial figures. We'll explore his tone poems, operas, and life both public and private in this five-part biography.
Works inspired by sights, sounds and smells of nature after summer's end, including selections by Vivaldi, Piazzola, Delius and Schubert.
For many music lovers, the cello's melodic capacity and deep timbre represent the pinnacle of musical expression. This week we'll explore some of the great works written for this instrument and the musicians that made them famous.
For as long as art forms such as theatre, ballet, and other entertainments have graced the stage, composers have been there to enhance the dramatic action through music. This week Bill explores some of the not-so-incidental music that has resulted.
This week we conclude our series on the life and times of Dimitri Shostakovich.
One of the most celebrated composers in the 20th century, Shostakovich forged a musical language of colossal emotional power. This week will be the first half of a ten-part series exploring the life and times of this fascinating composer.
Wonderfully rich and historic music from Mexico and South America.
Music creatively suggested by our colleagues at radio stations around the world.
The piano concerto is one of the most beloved genres of the concert hall. After all, it was the thundering virtuosity of some of the great composer/pianists that gave rise to music's first superstars! This week, we'll explore their world and the great music they produced.
Back again! Last year we gave an entire week to listener requests, but the suggestions just kept on coming. This all-new edition includes African-American composers, a Japanese Koto ensemble playing Handel, and traditional Hawaiian pieces.
Exploring Music teams up with the Grant Park Music Festival. Orchestral and choral performances and recordings.
This week we'll delve into the rich musical history of Hungary, starting with ancient sacred music and working our way through Liszt, Kodaly, Bartók and Hungarian gypsy music.
We'll survey the life and explore the compositions of the great dean of American music in the 20th century, William Schuman, in celebration of his 100th birthday.
Celebrating music of the cinema.
More music of composers, performers, and other artists driven from their homelands.
Music involving composers, performers, and other artists driven from their homelands and inspired by their new surroundings.
We continue this week with more symphonies of Gustav Mahler.
"A symphony should be like the world: it must embrace everything." With his ten-plus symphonies, Mahler's world extended horizons beyond anything known to concert audiences. His vision stretched the boundaries of the orchestra and the symphonic form. Join us for two full weeks on the symphonies of Gustav Mahler.
Bill explores the musical expressions of man as he travels through nature and beyond. Works include Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, Strauss' Alpine Symphony and Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras.
An exploration of composers' critiques, evaluations, and responses to their contemporaries.
A biography of the torrid life of one of Germany's early romantics, aired in celebration of his 200th birthday.
An exploration of music by composers who were inspired by trips to Italy, including Berlioz, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn.
Symphonies of Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Nielsen and Ives.
It's a week of transcriptions. We'll sample the creative efforts of gifted composers who gave life and vitality to existing music by transforming it into something new. Selections include music by Bach, Copland, Liszt and Ravel.
A five-part history of music in Poland.
This week, we'll continue our exploration of the world and music of the great Russian Romantic, focusing on the latter part of his life. We'll listen to his symphonies and ballets and explore his life at the Moscow Conservatory.
This week we'll explore the world and music of the great Russian Romantic, including his symphonies, ballets and life at the Moscow Conservatory.
Composers from the lands around the present-day Czech Republic have made an indelible mark on music – we'll examine their history and influence, from medieval times to the present.
In the 5th Century BC, water was classified as one of the four essential elements. Over the centuries artists, poets, philosophers and composers have returned again and again to the mysteries of water for inspiration. This week, we'll focus on Water Music with works by Vaughan Williams, Mahler, Debussy and (of course) Handel.
This week, we'll explore the world of musical duos: two voices making music in concert and counterpoint in works by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. We'll also savor the great love duets of Verdi, Puccini and Wagner.
String quartet music by Haydn and Mozart, who launched the form from obscurity to celestial heights. The first in a multiple-week series on the string quartet.
Spring is here - at last! As the thermometer creeps above 32, we'll celebrate optimism, hope and rebirth through music. This week features Mahler, Haydn, Respighi and more.
In the 1920s, concert halls rocked with everything from jazz to airplane propellers, radio became a multimillion dollar industry, and art and literature flowed like bathtub gin. This week, we'll sample "The Roaring 20s" in New York, Paris and Berlin.
This week, we'll explore the life and oeuvre of one of America's most gifted composers, Samuel Barber. The Adagio for Strings, music by Menotti, and much more will be included in this 100th birthday celebration.
A five-part biography to celebrate the 200th birthday of Chopin, whose invention and innovation had an indelible effect on the world of Romantic music and the piano.
Bill McGlaughlin explores the great compositions of the Latin Mass and beyond.
Have you ever wondered about composers who succeeded in writing one smashing piece, but were otherwise forgotten? This week, we'll get to know some of these immortals for their other compositions, including Dukas, Ponchielli and Glière.
Composers influenced by the elixir of love.
Chamber music from one of Vienna's greatest musical poets, Franz Schubert.
A week devoted to Mozart's final years. We'll explore a stream of masterpieces, including Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, the final symphonies and piano concertos, and his unfinished Requiem.
Music from Tallis, Byrd, Henry VIII and other 16th and 17th-century English composers
This week we'll feature small string groups with a special guest addition.
The gods must be crazy! This week, we'll survey the trials and tribulations of mortals and immortals, brought to life by the likes of Berlioz, Gluck, Handel and more.