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Under the Hood, Part I

How does this thing work?  For some of us, the inner workings of a symphony are as inscrutable as the engine of an automobile is to others.  Bill McGlaughlin lifts the “bonnet” or hood on a handful of symphonies to explore the mechanics of large-scale compositions. Join us as we take a closer look at works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius.

Program 1

Haydn:Symphony No. 101,
The Clock, II (excerpt)

New York Phil/Bernstein
Sony 475557

Mozart: Symphony No. 39, I
Berlin Phil/Böhm
DG 447416

Mozart: Symphony No. 40, I
RCA 61397
7:13, :16, :13

Mozart: Symphony No. 41
Berlin Phil/Böhm
DG 447416
:26, 7:34, :33, 12:56, 6:23, 1:01


Program 2

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Vienna Phil/Solti
Lon 430505
:49, 7:24, 9:41, 16:10

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1
Philharmonia Orchestra/Sanderling
EMI 69382
2:02, :24

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
Berlin Phil/Karajan
DG 415505
3:03, :13

Haydn: Symphony No. 4
Philharmonia Orchestra/Klemperer
EMI 74089
2:57, :33

Program 3

Brahms: Symphony No. 2
Vienna Phil/Monteaux
Lon 430214
:41, 20:24, 9:15, 14:01

Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1
The Rembrandt Trio
Dor 90160

Program 4

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Pathétique
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
CBS 37768
1:52, :32, :22, :40, 18:02, 17:34, 10:55

Program 5

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2
RCA 68218
:52, 10:10, 1:06, 15:25, 20:49


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