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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 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 Baltic MusicBarber, SamuelBartok, BelaBeethoven and that Danged MetronomeBeethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven Quartets (FREE)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, Edward (FREE)Emotion 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, PaulHHit or MythHoliday CelebrationHomageII 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 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 Symphonies (FREE)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, SergeiRRavel, 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 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 (FREE)String 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 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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“The theme of my fifth symphony is the making of man.” —D. Shostakovich. In 1949, Dmitry Shostakovich traveled for the first time to New York to play his 5th Symphony on the piano, to 30,000 listeners at Madison Square Garden. The shy Shostakovich traveled and performed this concert at the request of Joseph Stalin. Making of mankind was a theme of many artists in the 30’s. These artists used creativity to reply to tumultuous political times, sometimes writing complete symphonies in a matter of weeks, and because of the current political environment, the public didn’t hear these works for decades. This week is the second part in our a two-week journey into the hidden phrases and chords that these Russian musicians used to express their inner thoughts and creativity on this historical path. Bill will feature composers from both sides of the Iron Curtain.
Dmitri Shostakovich: Scherzo for Orchestra in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 1
USSR Ministry of Culture Orchestra/Gennadi Rosdhestvenski
Dmitri Shostakovich: Three Fantastic Dances Op. 5
Ludovic Vaillant, trumpet; Dimitri Shostakovich, piano
Dmitri Shostakovich: 2 Fables of Krilov, Op. 4: No. 2. The Donkey and the Nightingale
Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 6: II. Danse fantastique
Margarete Babinsky; Holger Busch
Dimitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio no. 1, op 8: Andante
Dimitri Shostakovich: Symphony No 1 IV.Allegro molto
USSR Ministry Of Culture Symphony Orchestra/Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Dmitri Shostakovich: The Nose
II. Ivan Yakovlevich'S Barber Shop
V. Kovalyov's Bedroom
Soloists; Chorus & Orchestra Of The Moscow Chamber Opera/Gennady
2:04, 3:42, 3:03, 1:54
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 - Allegro ma non troppo
Prokofiev; London S.O/Coppola
Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19:
David Oistrakh; London Symphony Orchestra/Lovro von Matačić
Warner Classics 14712
9:44, 3:52, 7:45
Sergei Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé, Op. 60
I. The Birth Of Kijé
V. Kijé's Funeral
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Claudio Abbado
4:10, 2:44, 5:55
Dmitri Shostakovich: Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings in C Minor, Op. 35, IV. Allegro brio
Mikhail Rudy; Berlin Philharmonic/Mariss Jansons
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Introduction
Juliet as a Young Girl Balcony Scene
Romeo Decides to Avenge Mercutio Finale
USSR State Symphony Orchestra/Algis Ziuratis
MCA Classics 2-32116
2:24, 2:54, 3:29, 1:32, 2:06, 2:02
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2, Op. 64, 7. Romeo at Juliet's Grave
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Serge Koussevitzky
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78 Russia Under The Mongol Yoke
The Crusaders In Pskov Arise, Ye Russian People The Battle On The Ice
Alexander's Entry Into Pskov
London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Claudio Abbado
3:09, 6:40, 2:20, 12:04, 4:49
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony #5 In D Minor, Op. 47, III. Largo
Gennady Rozhdestvensky: USSR Ministry Of Culture Symphony Orchestra
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony #5 In D Minor, Op. 47, IV Allegro Non Troppo
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra/Yevgeny Mravinsky
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony #5 In D Minor, Op. 47, IV. Allegro non troppo
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein
Serge Prokofiev: Symphony #5 In B Flat, Op. 100,
4. Allegro Giocoso
Valery Gergiev: London Symphony Orchestra
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2 in E minor Op.67, III Largo
Beaux Arts Trio
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2 in E minor Op.67, IV Allegretto
Beaux Arts Trio
Yevtuskeno: Babi Yar
Shostakovich: Symphony #13 In B Flat Minor, Op. 113, "Babi Yar,”
1. Babi Yar
Sergei Alexashkin; Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Georg Solti
Shostakovich: Symphony No.15 A-Dur, Op.141, IV. Adagio. Allegretto
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra/Evgeny Mravinsky
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