Explore The Symphony

Join the National Arts Centre Orchestra's Marjolaine Fournier and one of Canada's foremost music journalists, Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer, as they explore the symphonic form from Haydn to Shostakovich.

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  • Wilhelm Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

    June 6, 2016 - Duration: 1:02:49

    Wilhelm Richard Wagner was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is primarily known for his operas. Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. Initially establishing his…

  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Man Who Changed Movie Scores Forever

    April 22, 2016 - Duration: 48:33

    "Treating each film as an 'opera without singing' (each character has his or her own leitmotif) Korngold created intensely romantic, richly melodic and contrapuntally intricate scores, the best of which are a cinematic paradigm for the tone poems of Richard…

  • The Music of George Gershwin

    November 20, 2015 - Duration: 53:40

    By far the bulk of Gershwin’s output is devoted to songs – more than five hundred of them, most of which come from his more than four dozen works for the musical stage. Two of these stage works are operas…

  • Episode 43: Mahler Symphony No. 4

    September 29, 2015 - Duration: 59:22

    In the first of the 2015-16 season's "Explore the Symphony" podcasts, the NAC Orchestra's assistant principal double bass Marjolaine Fournier and one of Canada's foremost music journalists Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer discuss Mahler's Symphony No. 4.

  • Episode 42: Anton Bruckner and his Ninth Symphony

    June 15, 2015 - Duration: 47:04

    Words like “epic” and “timeless” are regularly applied to Bruckner symphonies. They have a pace of their own. But let yourself get in synch with their pulse, and you’ll be richly rewarded. The Ninth inspires awe, as its sweeping score…

  • Episode 41: Maurice Ravel and his two Piano Concertos

    March 23, 2015 - Duration: 41:30

    Join Marjolaine Fournier and Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer for an intriguing look into Maurice Ravel's life and his two piano concertos.

  • Episode 40: Jean-Marie Beaudet, founding father of the NAC Orchestra

    March 13, 2015 - Duration: 23:49

    A conversation with Josée Beaudet, the author of Jean-Marie Beaudet, l'homme orchestre. Beaudet was the very first music director at the NAC - he founded the orchestra, secured its first conductor, concertmaster and new members, and then quietly disappeared.

  • Episode 39: Schumann and the Rhine

    January 19, 2015 - Duration: 51:02

    Marjolaine and Jean-Jacques reveal Schumann's relationship with the Rhine.

  • Episode 38: Brahms’ Symphonies

    December 9, 2014 - Duration: 49:49

    In this week’s Explore the Symphony, Marjolaine and Jean-Jacques dig into not one, but all four of Brahms’ symphonies!

    Musical Excerpt:
    NAC Orchestra
    Brahms, Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
    Performance date: March 09, 1988…

  • Episode 37: Hindemith

    October 8, 2014 - Duration: 46:56

    In this episode of Explore the Symphony, Marjolaine and Jean-Jacques discuss Symphonic Metamorphoses of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith.

    Musical excerpts:
    Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith