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Episode 29: Sibelius

2013-03-04 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 24s

Marjolaine Fournier and Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer discuss Jean Sibelius, his life, his struggle with depression, alcoholism, and his 3rd Symphony.…

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Episode 28: Shostakovich

2013-01-15 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 39s

Marjolaine and Jeans-Jacques discuss Shostakovich, his life in the Soviet Union, and his 9th Symphony.…

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Episode 22: Sibelius Symphony No. 4

2013-01-07 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 47s

Jean-Jacques and Marjolaine give Sibelius's Symphony no. 4 the, "Explore the Symphony" treatment.…

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Episode 23: Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky

2013-01-07 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 35s

Marjolaine Fournier and Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer discuss Prokofiev's stirring score, Alexander Nevsky. It was composed for Sergey Eisenstein's 1938 cinematic thriller and stands as a spectacular masterpiece for chorus and orchestra.…

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Episode 25: Carmina Burana

2013-01-07 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 37s

Marjolaine and Jeans-Jacques explore Carl Orff; his life in early 20th century Germany and his seminal work, Carmina Burana.…

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Episode 24: Dmitri Shostakovich

2013-01-07 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 39s

Marjolaine Fournier and Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer discuss Dmitri Shostakovich's life, from growing up in Saint Petersburg to political manoeuvrings in Stalin's Russia. Marjolaine and Jean-Jacques focus on his first symphony, which he wrote at the age of nineteen as a graduation piece for the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1926.…

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Episode 27: Schumann

2012-10-16 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 31s

In this episode, Marjolaine and Jean-Jacques talk about Robert Schumann's life leading up to the creation of his second symphony.…

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Episode 26: Elgar

2012-09-10 :: NAC New Media
Length: 45s

In this Explore the Symphony, Marjolaine Fournier and Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer talk about a truly singular Symphonic composer -- Edward Elgar -- THE shining star of British music, who's life spanned the era of romantic and post-romantic music while keeping his style completely his own.…

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Episode 21: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

2011-11-03 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 1s

The first of the 2011-12 season's "Explore the Symphony" podcasts examines the 4th Symphony of Tchaikovsky. From the quiet plucking of the strings to the bombastic brass in the finale, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, declared “semi-barbaric” by the New York Post in 1890, will leave you breathless.…

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Episode 20: The NAC Orchestra and Brahms’s final symphonies

2010-12-14 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 36s

The third of the 2010-11 season's "Explore the Symphony" podcasts examines the 3rd and 4th Symphonies of Johannes Brahms. In this podcast, the NAC Orchestra's assistant principal double bass Marjolaine Fournier and one of Canada's foremost music journalists, Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer, discuss Symphony No. 3, which was written in 1883, polished after each performance, and published the following year. Music critic Eduard Hanslick said “ … the Third [Symphony] strikes me as being artistically the most nearly perfect.” The NAC Orchestra (under conductor Andrew Grams) performed Symphony No. 3 by Brahms in late October of this year. Still to come – on January 26 and 27 – is Brahms’s Symphony No. 4, with Pinchas Zukerman conducting the Orchestra. Brahms composed this deeply emotional symphony – his final symphony -- right after the Third, in 1885. Dramatic and passionate, mournful and joyful, the Fourth Symphony was conducted by Brahms himself at its premiere. It was very well received and has remained popular ever since.…

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Episode 19: The NAC Orchestra and Felix Mendelssohn

2010-11-12 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 29s

The second of the 2010-11 season's "Explore the Symphony" podcasts examines the short life and remarkable career of German composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), one of the most popular composers of the Romantic era. In this podcast, the NAC Orchestra's assistant principal double bass Marjolaine Fournier and one of Canada's foremost music journalists, Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer, discuss the composer and his life and works. He was a child prodigy, a pianist, organist and conductor as well as a composer, and he composed symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano and chamber music. Music by Mendelssohn will be featured in two NACO concerts in January (Hymn of Praise on January 5-6 and Dvořák’s “New World” on January 20-21).…

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Episode 18: The NAC Orchestra's Mozart-Haydn Festival

2010-09-21 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 29s

The first of the 2010-11 season's "Explore the Symphony" podcasts is in honour of the 7-concert Mozart-Haydn Festival taking place September 22-30. In this podcast, the NAC Orchestra's assistant principal double bass Marjolaine Fournier and one of Canada's foremost music journalists Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer discuss the friendship between these two master composers, and how Mozart and Haydn influenced each other musically.…

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Episode 17: Mozart Concerto 23 for Piano and Orchestra

2010-04-20 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 26s

In the sixth of the 2009-10 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 Mozart's Concerto 23 for Piano and Orchestra.…

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Episode 16: Debussy's La Mer

2010-02-25 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 36s

In the fifth of the 2009-10 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 Debussy's formidable, "La Mer".…

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Episode 15: Bach!

2009-12-11 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 32s

In the fourth of the 2009-10 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 Bach and how Bach's oeuvre changed music forever.…

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Episode 14: Beethoven Symphony No. 8

2009-11-12 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 28s

In the third of the 2009-10 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 Beethoven's Symphony No. 8…

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Episode 13: Berlioz Romeo and Juliet

2009-10-20 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 26s

In the second of the 2009-10 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 Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet…

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Episode 12: Mahler Symphony No. 1

2009-10-08 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 38s

In the first of the 2009-10 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. 1 "Titan".…

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Episode 11: Ravel Piano Concerto in G

2009-06-10 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 30s

This episode of the NAC Orchestra's podcast series exploring the Romantic Concerto looks at Ravel's 'modern' Piano Concerto in G performed. The podcast is hosted by the NAC Orchestra's assistant principal double bass Marjolaine Fournier and features one of Canada's foremost music journalists, Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer.…

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Episode 10: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

2009-05-12 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 30s

This episode of the NAC Orchestra’s podcast series exploring the Romantic Concerto looks at Beethoven’s spellbinding Piano Concerto No. 4 performed by Angela Hewitt and the National Arts Centre Orchestra on May 20 and 21, 2009. The podcast is hosted by the NAC Orchestra’s assistant principal double bass Marjolaine Fournier and features one of Canada’s foremost music journalists, Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer.…

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Episode 9: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3

2009-03-13 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 26s

In this ongoing exploration of the Romantic Concerto in podcasts throughout the NAC Orchestra's 08-09 season, the Orchestra's assistant principal double bass Marjolaine Fournier and one of Canada's foremost music journalists Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer discuss Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3.…

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Episode 8: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

2009-01-06 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 42s

In this ongoing exploration of the Romantic Concerto in podcasts throughout the NAC Orchestra's 08-09 season, the Orchestra's assistant principal double bass Marjolaine Fournier and one of Canada's foremost music journalists Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer discuss Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3.…

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Episode 7: Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1

2008-12-08 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 28s

In this ongoing exploration of the Romantic Concerto in podcasts throughout the NAC Orchestra's 08-09 season, the Orchestra's assistant principal double bass Marjolaine Fournier and one of Canada's foremost music journalists Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer discuss Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor.…

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Episode 6: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

2008-09-30 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 38s

The NAC Orchestra presents its second season of "Explore the Symphony", a series of musical podcasts hosted by the National Arts Centre Orchestra's assistant principal double bass Marjolaine Fournier and featuring one of Canada's foremost music journalists, Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer. The theme of this season is the Romantic Concerto: listen and learn about five magnificent piano concertos that are part of the Orchestra’s 2008-09 season. In this first episode: TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1…

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Episode 5: Bruckner Symphony No. 9

2008-06-06 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 45s

Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer and Marjolaine Fournier explore the music of Bruckner and the man behind the music.…

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Episode 4: Brahms Symphony No. 4

2008-05-13 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 42s

Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer and Marjolaine Fournier explore the life and times of Johannes Brahms and his 4th Symphony.…

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Episode 3: Shostakovich Symphony No. 9

2008-01-07 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 18s

Discover Shostakovich's "anti-war" symphony. His 9th Symphony is one of the composer's shorter symphonies, a totally non-serious, unpretentious piece shot through with sardonic humour, verve and wit.…

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Episode 2: Dvořàk Symphony No. 9

2007-11-29
Length: 46m 0s

Discover one of classical music's best-loved symphonies, Dvořàk's 9th Symphony, in the context of the composer's life and times.…

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Episode 2: Dvořàk Symphony No. 9

2007-11-28 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 46s

Discover one of classical music's best-loved symphonies, Dvořàk's 9th Symphony, in the context of the composer's life and times.…

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Episode 1: Beethoven Symphony No. 9

2007-10-01 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 51s

Discover Beethoven's symphonic monument -- his 9th symphony -- in its social, historical, and musical context as well as its continuing importance today.…

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Introduction

2007-09-18 :: Canada's National Arts Centre
Length: 17s

In this introductory episode, Marjoloaine Laroche discusses the symphonic form and demystifies terms such as sonata, cadenza, and fugue.…

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Explore the Symphony

Join the National Arts Centre Orchestra's Marjolaine Fournier and one Canada's foremost music journalists, Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer, as they explore the symphonic form from Haydn to Shostakovich

Explore the Symphony


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