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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 and 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 CCall for ScoresCello Concertos Child's PlayChopin, FredericClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCopland, Aaron Corigliano, JohnCzech out those Bohemians DDebussy, Claude Demons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant Neighbors Don't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvořák, AntoninDvorak, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgar, EdwardEmotion and Meaning in MusicEnescu, GeorgesEspanaFFamilies of Instruments Family Matters: All in the FamilyFauré, 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 Grieg and SibeliusHHandel, 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 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 Poulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part IProud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRavel, 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 IISlipped 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 ISymphony, Part IISymphony, Part IIISymphony, Part IVSymphony, Part IX (FREE)Symphony, Part VSymphony, Part VI (French)Symphony, Part VII (Russian)Symphony, Part VIII Symphony, Part XTTchaikovsky, Peter, Part ITchaikovsky, Peter, Part IIThe Big Five, Part I: Chicago Symphony Orchestra 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 Music (FREE)Two Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part II Unfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVenice: The Glories ofVerdi, 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 IIYYin and Yang: The Play of Opposites, Part 1Yin and Yang: The Play of Opposites, Part 2 (FREE)You and the Night and the Music
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It Takes Two to Tango Purchase Now
This week, we will explore the world of musical duos. First, we will listen to instruments working in tandem to obtain unexpected performances. Then we will focus on composers who collaborated or worked against each other such as Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. We’ll also savor the great love duets of Verdi, Puccini, and Wagner.
A duo doesn't always have two people. In J.S Bach’s Inventions Nos. 8 & 6 left and right hand of the piano hold contrapuntal conversations. Then, listen to how seamlessly No 6 is arranged for violin and cello. A slower tempo, and the interpretation fills with yearning. Our next duo is an unlikely one, marimba and banjo playing Invention No. 13. Surprisingly, the banjo has all the elegance of an acoustic guitar, and the marimba brings an unexpected warmth.
In Telemann's Sonata No. 1 fr. 6 Canonic Sonatas, flute and oboe flirt with unison and harmony. Much like the tango, this duo is all about the tension of coming together and coming apart.
It’s not long before we’re back to Bach. In his Concerto for Two Violins, harpsichord and strings paint a backdrop for the duet between the violins.
Much of Bach’s music was lost, but thankfully not his Concerto for Violin and Oboe. Hilary Hahn & Allan Vogel play on period instruments.
Our next selection is still from Germany, but a few centuries later with Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin & Cello II. A master of counterpoint, Brahms makes some unexpected choices.
J.S. Bach: Inventions Nos. 8 & 6
Peter Serkin, p.
J.S. Bach: Invention No. 6
Kennedy, v.; Harrel, vc.
J.S. Bach: Invention No. 13
B. Fleck, banjo; Glennie, marimba
Telemann: Sonata No. 1 fr. 6 Canonic Sonatas
Schulz, fl.; Schellenberger, ob.
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J.S. Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in d minor
Academy ofAncientMusic/Manze; Manze & Podger, vlns.
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Violin & Oboe, I
L.A.Chamber/Kahane; Hahn, v.; Vogel, ob.
Brahms: Double Concerto for Violin & Cello, II & III
Cleveland/Szell; Oistrakh, v.; Rostropovich, vc.
Bill samples horn fifths on the keyboard, and describes Mozart's additions to the horn's aural vocabulary. Mozart continues to innovate with his use of the bassoon combined with the cello. In the year 1785, Mozart progresses in his opera career by continuing work on Figaro. Here is another playlist of unique duos.
Mozart: Horn Duo No. 8, K. 487
Ab Koster, Knut Hasselmann hns.
Mozart: Sonata for Bassoon & Cello, K. 292, II & III
Gary Stucka, vc; Bruce Grainger, bs.
Mozart: Sonata for Violin & Piano, K. 481, II
Perlman, v.; Barenboim, p.
Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365 (excerpt)
Marlboro Festival Orch/ Schneider; Rudolf and Peter Serkin, pnos.
Mozart: Excerpts from: The Marriage of Fiagro, Cosi fan Tutti & Don Giovanni
Orchestra del Acadamia Nationale de Santa Cecilia/ Chung; Bartoli, s.; Terfel, bar.
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Join Bill as he explores the Sonata, a form which places the piano on equal footing as the instrument. Beethoven, Brahms and Strauss all feature, with a particular stand out in Brahm's first Violin Sonata that perfectly illustrates both the melencholy and majesty of rain with only violin and piano.
Beethoven: Sonata No. 9 in A Major for Violin & Piano,“Kreutzer”I
Perlman, v.; Ashkenazy, p.
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1, I
P. Frank, v.; P.Serkin, p.
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Brahms: Sonata for Violoncello & Piano, Op. 99, I
Ma, vc.; Ax, p.
Strauss: Duet Concertino
CSOMembers/Barenboim; Combs, cl.; McGill, bsn.
Duos develop and a cat fight breaks out on the opera stage to open. But then comes the love between two, which is a theme much pondered in the development of duos. Catch a fresh breath of air in Verdi's "Un di, felice" and "Parigi, o cara." Then give an ear to Shakespeare's mark on the love affair in the famous "Othello." But the panic picks up again with Ravel's Cat Duet.
Rossini: Cat Duet
Schwarzkopf & De Los Angeles, sopranos; Moore, p.
Verdi: “Un di, felice” & “Parigi, o cara” fr. La TraviataLon 421308-2
National Phil/ Bonynge; Pavarotti & Sutherland, soloists
Verdi: “Gianella notte densa” fr. Othello
Vienna Phil/ Solti; Cosutta & Price, soloists
Verdi: Act II, Scene 1 duet fr. Don Carlos
Covent Garden/ Giulini; Domingo & Milnes
Wagner: Die Walküre (excerpt)
Puccini: “Chegelida manina” & “O suave fanciulla” fr. La Boheme
BPO/Karajan; Pavarotti & Freni, soloists
Ravel: Cat Duet
LSO/ Previn; Huttenlocher & Finnie, soloists
From college exams to compositions, listen now to Debussy's modern sounding Sonata for Violoncello as the duo's voices exchange their concerns. Perhaps the sore tones relate to the losses of the first World War. Bill explores music that sounds out a dance, once again providing you with a breath of fresh air, or an ignorance of reality. Nostalgia and culture mix together.
Debussy: Premiere Rapsodie
Shifrin, cl.; Watts, p.
Debussy: Sonata for Violoncello, I
Gary Hoffman, vc; David Golub, p
Ravel: Duo for Violin and Violoncello, I & II
Laredo, v.; Robinson, vc.
Barber: Souvenirs (excerpts from)
Slatkin, Browning, Pnos.
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364(excerpts from)
Vienna Phil/ Harnoncourt; Kremer, v.; Kashkashian, vla.