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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  • 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

  • Episode 36: Shakespeare

    September 22, 2014 - Duration: 42:24

    In this Explore the Symphony, Marjolaine Fournier and Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer talk about Shakespeare, Nicolai, Korngold and Mendelssohn.

  • Episode 35: Fauré

    May 6, 2014 - Duration: 38:55

    In this episode, Marjolaine and Jean-Jacques delve into Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, once called, “a lullaby of death” and “a Requiem without the Last Judgment” for its gentle nature and sublime choral writing.