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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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Nobody Ever Builds a Statue to a Critic
As Hollywood mogul Samuel Goldwyn said, “Don't pay any attention to the critics - don't even ignore them.” Bill reminds us: “Sibelius said, ‘They never built a statue for a music critic.’” But instead of pillorying critics for being wrong, Bill goes positive with those who could hear and write clearly about music that not only was good on arrival but would also endure. For example, Robert Schumann, who was both composer and critic; he gave strong support to Chopin. In addition to the music, Bill interviews several esteemed music critics about their role in shaping culture. And for this week, Mahler gets the last sound.
Bill explains the topic of this week's show and kicks things off with a mystery composer. Bill tells of critic composer Robert Schumann, who offered Chopin great support, and modern critic Charles Rosen. Rosen wrote, "Almost all art is subversive. It attacks established values and replaces them with that of its own creation."
Schumann: Carnival, Op.9
V. Eusebius (excerpt)
XII. Chopin (excerpt)
Chopin: Variations on "Là ci darem la mano," Op.2
Introduction (Largo-Poco più mosso)
Warsaw Philharmonic/Kord; Ohlsson,p.
18:50, :36, :23
Mozart: Don Giovanni
“La ci Darem la Mano”
“Venite Pur Avanti” (excerpt)
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields/Marriner; Allen, t.;McLaughlin,s.
3:11, 1:17, 00:34
Mozart: String Quintet No.4 in G minor, K. 516
II Adagio (excerpt)
Alban Berg Quartet; Wolf, vla.
Mozart: "Ach, ich fühl's" fr. Die Zauberflöte
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields/Marriner; Te Kanawa, s.
Mozart: Symphony No. 40, K. 550, I (excerpt) & IV
Marlboro Festival Orchestra/Casals
Bill asks what is the role of the music critic, and are they doing a good job. Bill tells the story of E.T.A Hoffman's 16 page long review of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, which took over a year to write. Schumann's review of Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique shows the research and thought that good music criticism requires. Bill includes an interview with Tim Page, a Pultizer prize winning music critic.
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109 I (excerpt)
Rudolf Serkin, p.
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op. 67
I. Allegro Con Brio; IV. Allegro
Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra Of Venezuela/Dudamel
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
London 430 792-2
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Op. 125
London 430 792-2
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14, V
Interview: Tim Page
Busoni, arr. John Adams: Berceuse Elegiaque
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Alsop
Busoni: Piano Concerto
IV. All' Italiana: Vivace
Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnanyi; Ohlsson,p.
Bill comments on Claude Debussy's pieces and their use of whole tone scales, which were panned by a lot of critics at the time. Similar to Debussy, Richard Strauss's opera, Salome, was not well received in 1907. It was even forbidden to be performed again, though that ban has not held up to the test of time. In his next interview, Bill speaks with former New York Times music critic, Joseph Horowitz and The Chicago Tribune critic John Von Rhein.
Debussy: Pelléas Et Mélisande (excerpt)
Vienna Phil & Vienna State Opera Chorus/Abbado
Debussy: La Mer
interview: Joe Horowitz
Liszt: Un Sospiro, S 144/3
R. Strauss: Salome: Tanz der sieben Schleier (excerpt)
Interview: John von Rhein
Sibelius: Symphony #5 In E Flat, Op. 82, III
City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Rattle
Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger was bashed by many critics upon it's release. One critic went as far as to only identify himself as "a sufferer" in the byline. Bill speaks with critic Terry Teachout before telling the story of Stravinsky and Schoenberg, who were both doing very interesting and inventive things with harmony, but disliked the other's works. Stravinksy's Rite of Spring caused havoc in Paris when it was first performed in 1913.
Wagner: Prelude fr. Die Meistersinger, Act. I
Interview: Terry Teachout
Moravec: Mood Swings
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 (excerpts)
20th Century Classics Ensemble/Craft
Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring - Part 1
London Symphony Orchestra/Bernstein
Bill begins with Virgil Thomson, another composer/critic, and the difficulty of composers critiquing one another. Bill goes on to speak with critic Andrew Patner about whether critics should maintain a distance from composers or know them well. We close with back to back Beatles and Mahler.
MacDowell: To A Wild Rose fr. Woodland Sketches, Op. 51 (excerpt)
MacDowell: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 23 in d minor, II
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Hendl; Cliburn,p.
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, I (excerpt)
Interview: Andrew Patner
Kurka: The Good Solider Schweik (excerpts)
Chicago Opera Theater/Platt
9:06, 2:18, 2:58,
McCartney, gtr. & voc.
Mahler: Symphony No. 10, V