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Playlists for June 20-24: Under the Hood, Part I

How’s this thing work? For some people, the mechanics of a symphony are as unfathomable as the engine of an automobile is to others. Join us as we take a closer look at the nuts and bolts of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius.

Monday

Haydn: Symphony No. 101, The Clock, II (excerpt)
New York Phil/Bernstein
Sony 475557
:59
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Mozart: Symphony No. 39, I
Berlin Phil/Böhm
DG 447416
9:00
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Mozart: Symphony No. 40, I + excerpts
CSO/Levine
RCA 61397
7:13, :16, :13
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Mozart: Symphony No. 41 (complete + excerpts)
Berlin Phil/Böhm
DG 447416
:26, 7:34, :33, 12:56, 6:23, 1:01
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Tuesday

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (excerpts + complete)
Vienna Phil/Solti
Lon 430505
:49, 7:24, 9:41, 16:10
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 (excerpts)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Sanderling
EMI 69382
2:02, :24
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 (excerpts)
Berlin Phil/Karajan
DG 415505
3:03, :13
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Haydn: Symphony No. 104 (excerpt)
Pittsburgh Symphony/Previn
EMI 65178
:21
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 (excerpts)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Klemperer
EMI 74089
2:57, :33
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Wednesday

Brahms: Symphony No. 2 (complete + excerpt)
Vienna Phil/Monteux
Lon 430214
:41, 20:24, 9:15, 14:01
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Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 (excerpt)
The Rembrandt Trio
Dor 90160
2:59
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Thursday

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Pathétique, (excerpts + complete)
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
CBS 37768
1:52, :32, :22, :40, 18:02, 17:34, 10:55
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Friday

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 (excerpts + complete)
LSO/Davis
RCA 68218
:52, 10:10, 1:06, 15:25, 20:49
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3 Responses to “Playlists for June 20-24: Under the Hood, Part I”

  1. T.R. Nunes says:

    Great idea, and I especially like the inclusion of Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique. Also, just renewed my membership last week, and Exploring Music was one reason I did so!

  2. W. Scott Allen says:

    Agreed – cheers on the idea of the “Under the Hood” series. I now realize what I’ve never “gotten” about Brahms (and appreciate him more); and realize what I’ve always “gotten” about the Tchaikovsky 6th. He truly deserves to be considered a “Waltz King” (the Strauss’ never even though of a 5/4 time waltz!).

  3. W. H. Sun says:

    I like this program very much because it gives a commentary or explanation of the music, so it will help listeners especially for young audiences to have some comprehension of the classical music.
    It would be nice if the program could provide with a transcript for what have been commented in each episode by Mr. William McGlaughlin.

    Thank you very much!

    W.H. Sun

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