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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 II Autumn 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 Baltic MusicBarber, SamuelBartok, BelaBeethoven and that Danged MetronomeBeethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part I (FREE)Beethoven at Parnassus, Part II (FREE)Beethoven Quartets Berlioz, 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 InfluencesGreen and Pleasant Land Grieg and SibeliusHHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHidden Gold, Part IIHindemith, PaulHit or MythHHoliday CelebrationHomageHow Strange the Change from Major to Minor, Part III Didn't Know About YouI Hear a Rhapsody I Hear America Singing I Lost it at the MoviesIn a Family WayIncidentally SpeakingIntimate VoicesInvitation to the Dance, Part IInvitation 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 Liszt, Franz (FREE)Little Night Music Little Traveling Music, Please MMaestro, Part IMaestro, Part IIMagnificent MagyarsMahler, Gustav, Part IMahler, Gustav, Part IIMaiden Voyages Mendelssohn, 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 CryptogramsMusical LandscapesNNationalismNew Releases, Part INew 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 SymphoniesPiano 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, MauriceRRespighi, OttorinoRimsky-Korsakov and His PupilsRoaring 20's Russian Five: The Mighty Handful SSchool 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, IgorString Quartets from Fibich to SibeliusStrings Plus OneSweet Home Chicago (FREE)Symphony, Part 01Symphony, Part 02Symphony, Part 03Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10TTchaikovsky, 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 SlotTo the Finland Station, Part ITo the Finland Station, Part IITone Poems Too Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part II Unfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVenice: The Glories of Verdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II ViolaViolin Concerto Virtuoso, The World ofVoices 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 2You and the Night and the Music
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Novelists who have built their plots around great music. Join us as we step inside the minds of authors groping for the words to describe the feelings and emotions of the music. We begin with an inspiring mandolin, and the letters of T.S. Eliot. In Thursday’s program 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. 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.
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)
Benedetto Persichini: Polcha variata
Alison Stephens, mandolin
Beethoven: String Quartet #15 In A Minor, Op. 132, III, IV & V
J.S. Bach: Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner; William Bennett, fl.
Niccolò Paganini: Op. 1, No. 9 Caprice from 24 Caprices
Julia Fischer, v.
Julio Sagreras: El Colibri (The Hummingbird)
Craig Ogden, guitar; Alison Stephens, mandolin
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
Beethoven: Violin Sonata #9 In A, Op. 47, Kreutzer, I, III
Itzhak Perlman, v.; Martha Argerich, p.
Janáček: String Quartet #1, Kreutzer Sonata, I, II, IV
Antonio Vivaldi: Violin Concerto No. 11 in E Minor, RV 277, Il favorito, III
The English Concert/Andrew Manze, Manze, v.
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto No. 10 in E Major, RV 271, L’amoroso, I (excerpt)
The English Concert/Andrew Manze, Manze, v.
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.
Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, D.667, The Trout, III & IV
Hagen Quartet, Schiff, p.; Posch, db.
Schubert: String Quartet #14 In D Minor, D 810, Death & the Maiden, I (excerpt), II (excerpt), III & IV
Emerson String Quartet
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Franz Schubert: “Der Tod und das Mädchen”, Op. 7, No. 3
Marian Anderson, alto; Franz Rupp, p.
Roberto Sierra: Concerto Barocco
Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia/Victor Pablo Perez; Manuel Baruecco, gtr.
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
Dvorák: Cello Concerto In B Minor, Op. 104, B 191, III
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Kurt Masur; Yo-Yo Ma, vc.
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #32 In C Minor, Op. 111, II
Simone Dinnerstein, p.
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.
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet In A, Op. 20 No. 6, II
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67, II, III & IV
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert Von Karajan
Agustin Barrios Mangore: Las Abejas (The Bees)
Craig Ogden, gtr.
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