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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  • Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade

    Feb 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

    Dec 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

    Oct 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

    Sep 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

    Jun 02, 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

    Mar 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

    Mar 01, 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

    Jan 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

    Nov 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

    Nov 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,…

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