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Music Appreciation for the Rest of Us: Andrew Constantine Podcasts on Great Symphonic Masterworks

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Music Appreciation for the Rest of Us: Andrew Constantine Podcasts on Great Symphonic Masterworks

Music Appreciation for the Rest of Us: Andrew Constantine Podcasts on Great Symphonic Masterworks

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If you struggled with those music appreciation classes in school, take heart. At last, there is an interesting, pleasant way to learn more about symphonic music. Andrew Constantine, the newly appointed music director of the Reading Symphony Orchestra, gives you a behind-the-scenes look at great music that will be performed this season in Reading. Several of the soloists and orchestra players will join Constantine in these talks.

Latest Episodes

Shostakovich at the Beginning

Tragic Overture by Brahms does not impart any particular thematic plan. Learn why Brahms selected this title for a beloved work. A modern masterwork, Viola Concerto by Bartok, makes its debut on the RSO stage with Curtis Institute President Roberto Diaz as masterful soloist. The concert season ends with a beginning work: First Symphony by Shostakovich, a student composition that took the world by storm. Although just a start to a profound career, this symphony contains many of the later stylistic traits by Shostakovich.

-1 s2007 SEP 18
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Shostakovich at the Beginning

Three Views of Classical Music

A classical era symphony in the twentieth century? Learn how Prokofiev, famed for Peter and the Wolf, as well as huge masterworks, makes this eighteenth century style his own. The Saint-Saens Cello Concerto, considered by many to be the finest cello concerto ever composed, will receive its first RSO performance in years. The three last symphonies by Mozart, the 39th through 41st, are considered his greatest contributions to the form. The middle symphony, Number 40, is one of the very few written in a minor key, which gives it its somber, reflective tone.

-1 s2007 SEP 18
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Three Views of Classical Music

Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain, Korngold Violin Concerto, EAST COAST PREMIERE O Connor Symphony Number One Variations on Appalachia Waltz

A Multimedia Symphony? You hear a lot about multimedia music presentation these days, but that is nothing new. If you saw the great 1940 Disney movie Fantasia, you will no doubt remember the thrilling sequence featuring Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky. Erich Wolfgang Korngold was a formidable opera composer who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s, to become one of the best-loved Hollywood music composers of the Golden Age of Film. You will hear echoes from many of great scores by Korngold in his 1953 Violin Concerto. One of the great fiddlers of our time, Mark O Connor, has recently composed his first full-length symphony. The RSO will perform the East Coast premiere of this work. Learn more about the musician and his career. Andrew Constantine is joined in this discussion by Dave Kline of WEEU. The works discussed on this podcast will be performed by the RSO on Saturday, February 16th 2007.

21 MIN2007 SEP 18
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Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain, Korngold Violin Concerto, EAST COAST PREMIERE O Connor Symphony Number One Variations on Appalachia Waltz

Holst St. Paul Suite, Poulenc Organ Concerto, and Dvorak Symphonic Dances y

Could there be a musical genius teaching at your school? For the students of 1912 at St. Paul School in London there was, the great Gustav Holst, famed for his huge orchestral work The Planets. You will learn more about the life of Holst and his experiences as both composer and teacher. Poulenc was one of a group of six French composers who achieved great renown after WWI. Today he is most famous for his songs and the opera Dialogue of the Carmelites, though his organ concerto is certainly no less worthy. This past season the RSO performed New World Symphony by Dvorak. You will be hearing another of his works, the Symphonic Dances (which were written about twenty years earlier). Andrew Constantine is joined in this discussion by Dave Kline of WEEU. The works discussed on this podcast will be performed by the RSO on Saturday, January 19th 2007.

28 MIN2007 SEP 18
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Holst St. Paul Suite, Poulenc Organ Concerto, and Dvorak Symphonic Dances y

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Vaughan Williams Symphony Number 6 and Bruch Violin Concerto

Music for a Pornographic ballet? That was the inspiration of what has become a concert hall favorite, D Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Debussy. This was music composed for an erotically-charged ballet, starring the infamous Nijinsky as the Faun. A century after its composition, this work continues to rivet audiences. Vaughan Williams is very well known for his pastoral works, beautiful pieces such as The Lark Ascending and The Wasps. However, the grim aftermath of World War II left a profound impact on his composition style. Learn more about the very modern influences in his Sixth Symphony. Some composers write hundreds of great works, yet are remembered by one. That is the case with Max Bruch, whose violin concerto is a staple of symphony orchestras. Andrew Constantine is joined in this discussion by RSO Concertmaster Christopher Lee, who will perform the work with the orchestra on Saturday, November 17. Mike Faust of WEEU is the moderator.

23 MIN2007 SEP 18
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Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Vaughan Williams Symphony Number 6 and Bruch Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff Second Symphony

Two of the most popular Romantic works in the repertoire are featured in this podcast. There is much more beyond the melodies as you learn more about the thrilling history of each masterwork. Did you know that Rachmaninoff suffered from severe depression and was cured by the help of an early psychotherapist? Or that the First Piano Concerto by Tchaikovsky, an instantly recognizable favorite, was initially panned by the critics? Andrew Constantine is joined in this discussion by RSO Concertmaster Christopher Lee, with Mike Faust as moderator. The works discussed on this podcast will be performed by the RSO on Saturday, October 7.

16 MIN2007 JUL 24
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Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff Second Symphony
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Latest Episodes

Shostakovich at the Beginning

Tragic Overture by Brahms does not impart any particular thematic plan. Learn why Brahms selected this title for a beloved work. A modern masterwork, Viola Concerto by Bartok, makes its debut on the RSO stage with Curtis Institute President Roberto Diaz as masterful soloist. The concert season ends with a beginning work: First Symphony by Shostakovich, a student composition that took the world by storm. Although just a start to a profound career, this symphony contains many of the later stylistic traits by Shostakovich.

-1 s2007 SEP 18
Comments
Shostakovich at the Beginning

Three Views of Classical Music

A classical era symphony in the twentieth century? Learn how Prokofiev, famed for Peter and the Wolf, as well as huge masterworks, makes this eighteenth century style his own. The Saint-Saens Cello Concerto, considered by many to be the finest cello concerto ever composed, will receive its first RSO performance in years. The three last symphonies by Mozart, the 39th through 41st, are considered his greatest contributions to the form. The middle symphony, Number 40, is one of the very few written in a minor key, which gives it its somber, reflective tone.

-1 s2007 SEP 18
Comments
Three Views of Classical Music

Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain, Korngold Violin Concerto, EAST COAST PREMIERE O Connor Symphony Number One Variations on Appalachia Waltz

A Multimedia Symphony? You hear a lot about multimedia music presentation these days, but that is nothing new. If you saw the great 1940 Disney movie Fantasia, you will no doubt remember the thrilling sequence featuring Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky. Erich Wolfgang Korngold was a formidable opera composer who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s, to become one of the best-loved Hollywood music composers of the Golden Age of Film. You will hear echoes from many of great scores by Korngold in his 1953 Violin Concerto. One of the great fiddlers of our time, Mark O Connor, has recently composed his first full-length symphony. The RSO will perform the East Coast premiere of this work. Learn more about the musician and his career. Andrew Constantine is joined in this discussion by Dave Kline of WEEU. The works discussed on this podcast will be performed by the RSO on Saturday, February 16th 2007.

21 MIN2007 SEP 18
Comments
Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain, Korngold Violin Concerto, EAST COAST PREMIERE O Connor Symphony Number One Variations on Appalachia Waltz

Holst St. Paul Suite, Poulenc Organ Concerto, and Dvorak Symphonic Dances y

Could there be a musical genius teaching at your school? For the students of 1912 at St. Paul School in London there was, the great Gustav Holst, famed for his huge orchestral work The Planets. You will learn more about the life of Holst and his experiences as both composer and teacher. Poulenc was one of a group of six French composers who achieved great renown after WWI. Today he is most famous for his songs and the opera Dialogue of the Carmelites, though his organ concerto is certainly no less worthy. This past season the RSO performed New World Symphony by Dvorak. You will be hearing another of his works, the Symphonic Dances (which were written about twenty years earlier). Andrew Constantine is joined in this discussion by Dave Kline of WEEU. The works discussed on this podcast will be performed by the RSO on Saturday, January 19th 2007.

28 MIN2007 SEP 18
Comments
Holst St. Paul Suite, Poulenc Organ Concerto, and Dvorak Symphonic Dances y

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Vaughan Williams Symphony Number 6 and Bruch Violin Concerto

Music for a Pornographic ballet? That was the inspiration of what has become a concert hall favorite, D Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Debussy. This was music composed for an erotically-charged ballet, starring the infamous Nijinsky as the Faun. A century after its composition, this work continues to rivet audiences. Vaughan Williams is very well known for his pastoral works, beautiful pieces such as The Lark Ascending and The Wasps. However, the grim aftermath of World War II left a profound impact on his composition style. Learn more about the very modern influences in his Sixth Symphony. Some composers write hundreds of great works, yet are remembered by one. That is the case with Max Bruch, whose violin concerto is a staple of symphony orchestras. Andrew Constantine is joined in this discussion by RSO Concertmaster Christopher Lee, who will perform the work with the orchestra on Saturday, November 17. Mike Faust of WEEU is the moderator.

23 MIN2007 SEP 18
Comments
Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Vaughan Williams Symphony Number 6 and Bruch Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff Second Symphony

Two of the most popular Romantic works in the repertoire are featured in this podcast. There is much more beyond the melodies as you learn more about the thrilling history of each masterwork. Did you know that Rachmaninoff suffered from severe depression and was cured by the help of an early psychotherapist? Or that the First Piano Concerto by Tchaikovsky, an instantly recognizable favorite, was initially panned by the critics? Andrew Constantine is joined in this discussion by RSO Concertmaster Christopher Lee, with Mike Faust as moderator. The works discussed on this podcast will be performed by the RSO on Saturday, October 7.

16 MIN2007 JUL 24
Comments
Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff Second Symphony
the END
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