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You and the Night and the Music Purchase Now 

Novelists who have drawn their plots around great music.

Program 1

Join us as we step inside the minds of authors groping for the words to describe the power of music. We begin with an inspiring mandolin, Aldous Huxley and the letters of T.S. Elliot. 

Schwartz: “You and the Night and the Music” (excerpt)
Frank Sinatra

Benedetto Persichini: Polcha variata
Alison Stephens, mandolin
Chandos 9780

Beethoven: String Quartet #15 In A Minor, Op. 132, III, IV & V
Emerson Quartet
DG 447075
17:50, 8:13

J.S. Bach: Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner; William Bennett, fl.
EMI 86083
1:37, 7:15

Niccolò Paganini: Op. 1, No. 9 Caprice from 24 Caprices
Julia Fischer, v.
Decca 001465802

Julio Sagreras: El Colibri (The Hummingbird)
Craig Ogden, guitar; Alison Stephens, mandolin
Chandos 9780

Program 2

We continue into the night with Beethoven and Leo Tolstoy, Vivaldi and Alejo Carpentier.


Schwartz: You and the Night and the Music
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Kunzel
Telarc 80532

Beethoven: Violin Sonata #9 In A, Op. 47, Kreutzer, I, III
Itzhak Perlman, v.; Martha Argerich, p.
EMI 56815
10:49, 8:14

Janáček: String Quartet #1, Kreutzer Sonata, I, II, IV
Hagen Quartet
DG 427669

Antonio Vivaldi: Violin Concerto No. 11 in E Minor, RV 277, Il favorito, III
The English Concert/Andrew Manze, Manze, v.
HM 907332

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto No. 10 in E Major, RV 271, L’amoroso, I (excerpt)
The English Concert/Andrew Manze, Manze, v.
HM 907332

Program 3

We start with a young violin student struggling with Bach. Bill gives us two versions of Death & the Maiden and we return to a 1709 jam session.

J.S. Bach: Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E, BWV 1006
Philippe Honoré, v.
Lon 466945

Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, D.667, The Trout, III & IV
Hagen Quartet, Schiff, p.; Posch, db.
Decca 466945

Schubert: String Quartet #14 In D Minor, D 810, Death & the Maiden, I (excerpt), II (excerpt), III & IV
Emerson String Quartet
DG 459151
:18, :36, 12:12

Franz Schubert: “Der Tod und das Mädchen”, Op. 7, No. 3
Marian Anderson, alto; Franz Rupp, p.
RCA 63575

Roberto Sierra: Concerto Barocco 
Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia/Victor Pablo Perez; Manuel Baruecco, gtr.
Koch 7597

Program 4

Bill tells the story of a violin maker and part-time sleuth with a nostalgic longing for Bach. Dvorák falls in love and an author reminisces about his father’s final journey with Beethoven.

Schwartz: “You and the Night and the Music”
Anita O’Day and the Three Sounds

J.S. Bach: Partita In D Minor – Allemande
Arnold Steinhardt, v.
CD accompanies the book Violin Dreams

Bedrich Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in e minor, From My Life, I
Takács Quartet
Lon 452349

Dvorák: Cello Concerto In B Minor, Op. 104, B 191, III
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Kurt Masur; Yo-Yo Ma, vc.
Sony 67173

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #32 In C Minor, Op. 111, II
Simone Dinnerstein, p.
Telarc 80715

Program 5

We end our travels through literature and music with a dream of the devil and E.M. Forster’s vision of Beethoven from Howard’s End.

Giuseppe Tartini: La Sonata Del Diavolo In G Minor
Andrew Manze, v.
HM 907213

Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet In A, Op. 20 No. 6, II
Hagen Quartet
Decca 466945

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67, II, III & IV
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert Von Karajan
DG 477751
10:01, 13:52

Agustin Barrios Mangore: Las Abejas (The Bees)
Craig Ogden, gtr.
Chan 9780


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You have opened up the world of Classical Music to me, where previously, it seemed too complicated.
Steffen Demeter
This is simply one of the very best radio programmes in the medium!...The study of the people, the times, and the events that inform the music we otherwise enjoy and even, heaven forbid, take for granted, brings the entire world of the music and the composer to life.
Walther Davies
There isn't a program you broadcast on Exploring Music" that isn't of interest. I find them all engaging. It is a combination of variety of subject, intellectual curiosity and your obvious enthusiasm which characterize your satisfying programs.
Michael Sanders
It’s a great way to re-engage myself with consciousness before heading off to work.
I Love this program! I am in 7th grade and I am the complete opposite of the other kids. I am 4th chair in the orchestra and I love to read. But most of all, I LOVE classical music!
Claudia Wertz
Your show has helped open my mind and heart to this world of music, and every show I hear confirms my place in music and gives me new ideas for where I'd like to go with it in the future….I grew up with classical music as a child and always held it in my heart, but I didn't have the confidence to be a good student (or a good violinist.)
Christine Anderson
Listening to you is almost interactive.You invite us in with so many well modulated dramatic and informative comments, enticing, enthusiastic interpretations, and coherent, beautiful presentations. It's a privilege to follow you into the musical space you create.
Sally Rosenbaum
I just love this program. It is soothing and comfortable at the end of the day. I find his comments interesting, but they aren't so dragged out that there is very little music. The balance of both is just right.
Jean Quay
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