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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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  • 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…

  • Richard Strauss - Also sprach Zarathustra

    January 24, 2017 - Duration: 1:08:07

    Richard Georg Strauss (11 June 1864 – 8 September 1949) was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten and…

  • Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky: Pulcinella

    November 29, 2016 - Duration: 1:00:12

    Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century.

    Pulcinella is a ballet by Igor Stravinsky based on an 18th-century play—Pulcinella…

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphonies no. 5 & 6

    November 18, 2016 - Duration: 47:50

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer of the late-Romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular music in the classical repertoire. He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally,…

  • 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…

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