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Below are many of the more than 200 five-hour 'weeks' of Exploring Music that have been created since 2003. The first seven minutes of every program are free to sample. Several entire 5-hour programs are also free to listen (marked 'free' below). For complete access to all of the shows, click here to become a subscriber. 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.
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 SundaysBach 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 Piano Sonatas (FREE)Beethoven Quartets Berlioz, HectorBernstein, LeonardBill's Keepers Boulanger, NadiaBrahms, Johannes, Part IBrahms, Johannes, Part II Britten, Benjamin Bruckner, Anton CCall for ScoresCarnegie Hall, Part 1 (FREE)Carnegie Hall, Part 2 (FREE)Cello 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 SeasonsFranck, CésarFrom the Mountains to the Sea (FREE)From 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 Singing I 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 Mendelssohn, FelixMendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String QuartetsMerrie EnglandMozart 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 BoundPPastoral SymphoniesPiano ConcertosPolandPorts of Call, Part I Ports of Call, Part II Poulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part I (FREE)Proud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRavel, Maurice Respighi, OttorinoRimsky-Korsakov and His PupilsRoaring 20's Russian Five: The Mighty Handful SSchool DaysSchubert String Quartets (FREE)Schubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part I (FREE)Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part II (FREE)Slipped 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 Symphony, Part 01Symphony, Part 02Symphony, Part 03Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10Symphony, Part 11TTchaikovsky, Peter, Part I (FREE)Tchaikovsky, Peter, Part II (FREE)The 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 East (FREE)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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- About Exploring Music
Proud Tower, Part I (FREE)
Bill gains his inspiration for these two weeks of Exploring Music from Barbara Tuchman’s book The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914. This was a gilded age for music that brought us boldly into the 20th century. We will listen to music from many composers and their countries—Elgar from Britain, Schoenberg from Austria, and Bill closes this first week with French composer Claude Debussy’s La Mer.
Bill launches his investigation of music composed during the 25 years leading up to the First World War with a look at Wagner, Brahms, Bruckner and Verdi.
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (excerpt)
Dvorák: Largo fr. Symphony No.9 (excerpts)
Sony MH2K 63151
Wagner: Finale: Immolation Of The Gods fr. Götterdämmerung
Decca 410 137-2
J. Strauss Jr.: Geschichten Aus Dem Wienerwald, Op. 325 (excerpt)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Karajan
DG 410 027-2
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet In B Minor, Op. 115- Allegro
Emerson String Quartet; Shifrin, cl.
DG 459 641-2
Bruckner: Symphony #8 In C Minor, WAB 108, I
Verdi: Falstaff, Act I Scene I
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Abbado
Bryn Terfel (Falstaff), Enrico Facini (Dr. Caius), Anatoly Kotscherga (Pistol), Anthony Mee (Bardolf)
DG 471 194-2
Bill moves to the middle aged composers of the 1890's, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky, and concludes with the young bucks Debussy and Strauss.
Brahms: Intermezzo in b minor, Op. 119 (excerpt)
Dvorák: Symphony No.9: II. Largo
Tchaikovsky: Sym. No. 6 h-moll, op. 74, Pathétique, IV
New York Phil/Bernstein
Claude Debussy : Prélude À L’Après-Midi D’Un Faune, L 86
DG 435 766-2
Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
As we approach the turn of the century, Bill examines more Strauss and continues the journey with Mahler, Chausson and Dukas.
Bill continues our march toward the 1900’s with excerpts from Puccini’s La Bohème, the first symphony of Amy Beach and concludes with Dvorak's Rusalka in 1899.
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in e minor, Op. 39, I
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Davis
Philips 416 600-2
Puccini: Musetta’s Waltz fr. La Bohème, Act II
New Philharmonia Orchestra/Downes; Price, s.
Puccini: “O Soave Fanciulla” fr. La Bohème
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Solti;
Caballe, s.; Domingo,t.
Rachmaninoff: Moment Musicaux No. 2 & No. 4
Beach: Symphony in E minor, Op.32, Gaelic, I
Ives: The Circus Band
San Francisco Symphony/Tilson Thomas
Rosas: Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
London Symphony Orchestra/Gibson
Main Street 6605
Dvorák: Rusalka, Op. 114- “Song To The Moon”
LSO/Solti; Fleming, s.
London 455 760-2
Bill brings us boldly into the 20th century with music from Elgar, Schoenberg, Zemlinsky and closes with Debussy’s La Mer.
Sousa: The Liberty Bell March (excerpt)
Eastman Wind Ensemble/Fennell
Herbert: March Of The Toys fr. Babes in Toyland
St. Louis Symphony/Slatkin
Elgar: Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40, “In London Town”
Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht (excerpt)
Virgin Classics 93478
Schoenberg: Gürrelieder – Orchestervorspiel (excerpt)
Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau, III
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra/Chailly
Debussy: La Mer, I + III (excerpt)
Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Abbado