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2010 Archive

December

December 27 - 31, 2010
The Symphony, Part VII

Our exploration of the symphony continues with a look Russia's contributions, from Rubinstein and Rimski through Glazunov and Gliere.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

December 20 - 24, 2010
Bach Xmas Oratorio

An exploration of the six Cantatas performed in Leipzig’s St. Thomas and St. Nicholas Churches in December 1734.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

December 13 - 17, 2010
Beethoven Quartets

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

December 6 - 10, 2010
Grieg & Sibelius

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

November

November 29 - December 3, 2010
The Symphony, Part VI

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

November 22 - 26, 2010
Families of Instruments

This week, we’ll explore the sections of the modern orchestra: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

November 15 - 19, 2010
Triple Play

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

November 8 - 12, 2010
Aaron Copland

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

November 1 - 5, 2010
Bill's Keepers

Bill's inbox is overflowing with albums sent by friends from around the world. This week, he spins some of his top picks.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

October

October 25 - 29, 2010
Richard Strauss

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

October 18 - 22, 2010
Autumn Leaves

Works inspired by sights, sounds and smells of nature after summer's end, including selections by Vivaldi, Piazzola, Delius and Schubert.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

October 11 - 15, 2010
Cello Concertos

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

October 4 - 8, 2010
Incidentally Speaking

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

September

September 27 - October 1, 2010
Shostakovich, Part II

This week we conclude our series on the life and times of Dimitri Shostakovich.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

September 20 - 24, 2010
Shostakovich, Part I

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

September 13 - 17, 2010
Distant Neighbors

Wonderfully rich and historic music from Mexico and South America.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

September 6 - 10, 2010
Director's Choice

Music creatively suggested by our colleagues at radio stations around the world.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

August

August 30 - September 3, 2010
Piano Concerti

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

August 23 - 27, 2010
Listener's Choice, Part II

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

August 16 - 20, 2010
Sweet Home Chicago

Exploring Music teams up with the Grant Park Music Festival. Orchestral and choral performances and recordings.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

August 9 - 13, 2010
Magnificent Magyars

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

August 2 - 6, 2010
William Schuman

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

July

July 26 - 30, 2010
I Lost it At the Movies

Celebrating music of the cinema.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

July 19 - 23, 2010
Artists in Exile, Part II

More music of composers, performers, and other artists driven from their homelands.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

July 12 - 16, 2010
Artists in Exile, Part I

Music involving composers, performers, and other artists driven from their homelands and inspired by their new surroundings.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

July 5 - 9, 2010
Mahler Symphonies Part II

We continue this week with more symphonies of Gustav Mahler.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

June

June 28 - July 2, 2010
Mahler Symphonies, Part I

"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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

June 21 - 25, 2010
Outward Bound

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

June 14 - 18, 2010
Nobody Ever Builds a Statue to a Critic

An exploration of composers' critiques, evaluations, and responses to their contemporaries.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

June 7 - 11, 2010
Schumann

A biography of the torrid life of one of Germany's early romantics, aired in celebration of his 200th birthday.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

May

May 31 - June 4, 2010
Italian Souvenirs

An exploration of music by composers who were inspired by trips to Italy, including Berlioz, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

May 24 - 28, 2010
The Symphony, Part V

Symphonies of Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Nielsen and Ives.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

May 17 - 21, 2010
New Wine in Old Bottles

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

May 10 - 14, 2010
Poland

A five-part history of music in Poland.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

May 3 - 7, 2010
Tchaikovsky, Part II

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

April

April 26 - 30, 2010
Tchaikovsky, Part I

This week we'll explore the world and music of the great Russian Romantic, including his symphonies, ballets and life at the Moscow Conservatory.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

April 19 - 23, 2010
Czech out those Bohemians

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

April 12 - 16, 2010
Water Music

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

April 5 - 9, 2010
It Takes Two to Tango

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

March

March 29 - April 2, 2010
Haydn and Mozart Quartets

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

March 22 - 26, 2010
Spring

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

March 15 - 19, 2010
The Roaring 20s

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

March 8 - 12, 2010
Samuel Barber

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

March 1 - 5, 2010
Frédéric Chopin

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

February

February 22 - 26, 2010
Music for the Masses

Bill McGlaughlin explores the great compositions of the Latin Mass and beyond.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

February 15 - 19, 2010
What Else Ya Got?

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

February 8 - 12, 2010
Lover and His Lass

Composers influenced by the elixir of love.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

February 1 - 5, 2010
Schubertiade, Part II

Chamber music from one of Vienna's greatest musical poets, Franz Schubert.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

January

January 25 - 29, 2010
Mozart at his Zenith

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

January 18 - 22, 2010
Tudor Music

Music from Tallis, Byrd, Henry VIII and other 16th and 17th-century English composers

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

January 11 - 15, 2010
Strings Plus One

This week we'll feature small string groups with a special guest addition.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

January 4 - 9, 2010
Hit or Myth

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.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

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