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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.

Latest Episodes

  • You don’t have to be a music-lover to love Beethoven

    Sep 13, 2018 42:36

    Marjolaine Fournier and Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer prepare us for the Festival Focus 2018 featuring all nine Beethoven symphonies. Did he really invent the boogie-woogie? Beethoven offered so much variety within his...

  • Anton Bruckner’s eighth symphony with the TSO

    Apr 13, 2018 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...

  • Kaija Saariaho, Violin Concerto Graal théâtre

    Mar 22, 2018 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...

  • Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade

    Feb 16, 2018 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...

  • Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade

    Feb 16, 2018 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...

  • Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1 in A minor Op 77

    Dec 22, 2017 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...

  • Sibelius’ Symphonic Poems

    Oct 27, 2017 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...

  • Jean Sibelius’ First Symphony

    Sep 29, 2017 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...

  • Harry Somers - Louis Riel

    Jun 02, 2017 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...

  • Sibelius’ Majestic 2nd and 6th Symphonies

    Mar 15, 2017 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...

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