explorethesymphony

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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  • Anton Bruckner’s eighth symphony with the TSO

    April 13, 2018 - Duration: 40:06

    Bruckner scholars seem to focus on psychoanalysis rather than closing their eyes and listening to the music. To listen to Anton Bruckner’s eighth symphony is to listen to the summit of his music. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs…

  • Kaija Saariaho, Violin Concerto Graal théâtre

    March 22, 2018 - Duration: 56:52

    Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer and Marjolaine Fournier talk about Saariaho’s violin concerto which was featured as part of the 2017 Ideas of North festival produced by the NAC Orchestra. Saariaho is seen as a wonderful and intriguing…

  • Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade

    February 16, 2018 - Duration: 51:22

    This work opens many doors to wonderful and exciting musical study. It is a fine example of Orientalism and our perception of “the other”. Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer and Marjolaine Fournier talk about who Rimsky-Korsakov was, his 19th-century influences from Mendelssohn…

  • Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade

    February 16, 2018 - Duration: 51:22

    This work opens many doors to wonderful and exciting musical study. It is a fine example of Orientalism and our perception of “the other”. Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer and Marjolaine Fournier talk about who Rimsky-Korsakov was, his 19th-century influences from Mendelssohn…

  • Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1 in A minor Op 77

    December 22, 2017 - Duration: 1:14:48

    Your hosts Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer and Marjolaine Fournier talk about Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77, which will be performed by Guy Braunstein with the NAC Orchestra in January 2018. This work in four…

  • Sibelius’ Symphonic Poems

    October 27, 2017 - Duration: 57:52

    Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer and Marjolaine Fournier present part two of their 2017-2018 podcasts on Sibelius. In this episode, hear them trace the trajectory of Sibelius’ six symphonic poems, all performed by the NAC Orchestra during the 2017 Ideas of North…

  • Jean Sibelius’ First Symphony

    September 29, 2017 - Duration: 1:00:26

    Jean Sibelius , born Johan Julius Christian Sibelius, was a Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is widely recognized as his country's greatest composer and, through his music, is often credited with having helped…

  • Harry Somers - Louis Riel

    June 2, 2017 - Duration: 49:50

    The story of the polarizing Métis leader and Canada’s westward expansion is told in this landmark work. Composed by Harry Somers for our nation’s centennial in 1967, this uniquely Canadian contribution to the opera world is returning on the work’s…

  • Sibelius’ Majestic 2nd and 6th Symphonies

    March 15, 2017 - Duration: 49:43

    Jean Sibelius, born Johan Julius Christian Sibelius (8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957), was a Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is widely recognized as his country's greatest composer and, through his music,…

  • Robert and Clara: The whirlwind love affair of Robert Alexander Schumann and Clara Josephine Wieck

    March 1, 2017 - Duration: 46:34

    Robert Schumann[1] (8 June 1810 – 29 July 1856) was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue…

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