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Below are many of the more than 200 five-hour 'weeks' of Exploring Music that have been created since 2003. 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.
AACTIVE 3/1 - 3/14 Ravel, MauriceAmerican Masters, Part I American Masters, Part II American Masters, Part IIIAmerican Masters, Part IVAmerican Masters, Part V American Masters, Part VIAn Intelligent Conversation: String Quartets Arias & BarcarollesArtists in Exile, Part IArtists in Exile, Part II Autumn Leaves Autumnal Masterpieces BBach Sleeps in on SundaysBach to BeethovenBach'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 IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven Piano SonatasBeethoven Quartets Berlioz, HectorBernstein, Leonard: The ComposerBill's Keepers Boulanger, NadiaBrahms, Johannes, Part IBrahms, Johannes, Part IIBritten, Benjamin Bruckner, Anton CCall for ScoresCarnegie Hall, Part 1Carnegie Hall, Part 2Cello 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, GeorgesEspañaFFamilies of Instruments Family Matters: All in the FamilyFauré, GabrielFit for a KingFleisher, LeonFour SeasonsFranck, CésarFrom the Mountains to the SeaFrom 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 IHHidden Gold, Part IIHindemith, PaulHit or MythHoliday CelebrationHomageHow Strange the Change from Major to Minor, Part IHow Strange the Change from Major to Minor, Part IIII Didn't Know About YouI Hear a Rhapsody I Hear America SingingI Lost it at the MoviesIn a Family WayIncidentally SpeakingIntimate Conversations: Conversations with Samuel Rhodes and David FinckelInvitation 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 SouvenirsJJanáček, LeošKKeyboard SmorgasbordLLatin CarnivalLes Cinq PlusLes SixLife Among the Dead: Requiem MassesListener's Choice, Part IIListener's Choice, Part III Liszt, FranzLittle Night Music Little Traveling Music, Please London, The Music of, Part 1London, The Music of, Part 2MMaestro, Part IMaestro, Part IIMagnificent MagyarsMahler, Gustav, Part IMahler, Gustav, Part IIMaiden Voyages Martha Graham and her MusicMendelssohn, FelixMendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String QuartetsMerrie EnglandMillennium of Women in MusicMozart at his ZenithMozart 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 BoundPPacific Overtures, Part 1Pacific Overtures, Part 2Pastoral SymphoniesPiano ConcertosPolandPorts 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 Handful SSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part IShostakovich, Dmitri, Part IISlipped Through the Cracks Songs of PartingSounds 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 Symphony, Part 01Symphony, Part 02Symphony, Part 03Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10 (Alexander Scriabin to Samuel Barber)Symphony, Part 11Symphony, Part 12TTchaikovsky, Peter, Part ITchaikovsky, Peter, Part IIThe Big Five I: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Part IThe Big Five II: New York Philharmonic, Part IThe Big Five II: New York Philharmonic, Part IIThe 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 Symphonies VVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVenice: The Glories ofVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II ViolaViolin Concerto Virtuoso, The World ofVoices from the EastWWagner'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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New Wine in Old Bottles
This is a week of transcriptions, orchestrations, fantasies, rhapsodies, and reminiscences: the creative efforts of composers who give new vitality to existing music by transforming it. This is much more than composers finding inspiration from others; these are works that use the structure and tunes of another composer to create a new piece in their own voice. Bill includes folk music and works by Bach, Liszt, and Ravel as set by Stokowski, Schoenberg, and Copland.
On this hour the simple is made spectacular with folk songs reimagined by Copland and Britten.
Strauss: Don Quixote (excerpt)
Cleveland Orch/Szell; Fournier, vc.
Britten: “The Salley Gardens”, “Oliver Cromwell” & “The Foggy, Foggy Dew”
Terfel, bar.; Martineau, p.
Copland: “Simple Gifts” fr. Old American Songs
English Chamber Orchestra/Davis; Horne, ms.
Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite (excerpt)
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Copland: Appalachian Spring (excerpt)
St. Louis Symphony/Slatkin
Gibbons: In Nomine à 5
Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Albinoni/Giazotto: Adagio for Organ and Strings in g minor
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra/Münchiger
Wagner, arr. Caillet: Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral fr. Lohengrin
Eastman Wind Ensemble/Fennell
RimskyKorsakov, arr. Woodfield: Flight of the Bumblebee
Black Dyke Milles Band/Parkes
Paganini, arr. Snell: Moto Perpetuo, Op. 11
R. & N. Childs, euphs.
Ravel: Prelude fr. Le Tombeau de Couperin(excerpt)
Ravel: Prelude & Rigaudon fr. Le Tombeau de Couperin (excerpts)
Lyon Opera Orchestra/Nagano
Warner Bros. 46031
Composers reimagine their own works in this episode of Exploring Music, including Brahms, Schubert and Strauss.
Schubert: “Der Tod und das Mädchen”, D. 531
FischerDieskau, bar.; Moore, p.
Schubert: Quartet for Strings No. 14, Death and the Maiden, II
Emerson String Quartet
Brahms, arr. Schoenberg: Piano Quartet Op. 25, III & IV
Cleveland Orchestra/ Dohnányi
Brahms: Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 1 in g minor, Op. 25, IV
Kremer, v.; Bashmet, vla.; Argerich, p.; Maisky, vc.
J. Strauss II, arr. Schoenberg: Kaiserwaltzer
Alban Berg Quartet
This episode has new takes on old Baroque favorites, with compelling retoolings of Bach, Vivaldi and more.
Vivaldi: Concerto for Four Violins in b minor, RV 580, III
Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwood
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Four Harpsichords in a minor, BWV 1065, III
Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwood
J.S. Bach: Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006, I
J.S. Bach: Sinfonia fr. Cantata “Wir danken dir, Gott”, BWV 29
La Stravangaza Köln/Manze
J.S. Bach, arr. Busoni: In Thee is Joy
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (excerpts)
1:28, 2:13, :46
Conversation in the recording studio between Glenn Gould and his producer, Howard H.Scott 2:13
J.S. Bach, arr. Sitkovetsky: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (excerpts)
NES Chamber Orchestra/ Sitkovetsky
11:13, 9:40, 4:18
Same great Bach, but with completely fresh and different instrumentations; Fretwork's take on the Art of the Fugue is a stand out.
J.S. Bach: Fugue in g minor, BWV 578
J.S. Bach, arr. Stokowski: Fugue in g minor, BWV 578
J.S. Bach, arr. Schoenberg: Prelude in E flat major, BWV 552, St. Anne (excerpt)
J.S. Bach, arr. Webern: Ricercare fr. The Musical Offering, BWV 1079
J.S. Bach: Contrapunctus 1 [a 4] fr. The Art of the Fugue
J.S. Bach: Contrapunctus IV & VI, In Style Francese, fr. The Art of the Fugue
Emerson String Quartet
J.S. Bach: Canon in Augmentation and Contrary Motion fr. Art of the Fugue
J.S. Bach, arr. Berio: Contrapunctus XIX fr. The Art of the Fugue
Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan/Chailly
C.P.E. Bach: Solfeggietto
The Swingle Singers
The great virtuosi of the 19th century round of this week of Exploring Music, with their dramatic piano reworkings of Paganini caprices.
Liszt: Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418
Paganini: Concerto for Violin No. 2, La Campanella (excerpt)
Chamber Orchestra of Santa Cecilia/Ughi; Ughi, v.
Liszt: Six Grand Etudes After Paganini: La Campanella
Paganini: Caprice No. 24 in a minor (excerpt)
Liszt: Six Grand Etudes After Paganini: No. 6 in a minor
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Royal Phil/Horenstein; Wild, p.