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Canada's National Arts Centre
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
Mar 6, 2020
Carl Nielsen’s De fire Temperamenter
Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer and Marjolaine Fournier study _The Four Temperaments_, the second symphony by Carl Nielsen. The hosts find this Danish composer a little enigmatic and difficult to reach. They explore the world around him at the time of this composition, and talk about his music in that context. Find out how he lived his life, allowed his wife to pursue a career, and gave orchestral musicians a little something to talk about. Music Excerpts: NIELSON Symphony No. 2 The Four Temperaments II. Allegro comodo e flammatico Danish National Radio Symphony Nielsen: Commotio, Op. 58, FS 155 Organ Recital: John, Keith
Jan 22, 2020
Mozart and Religion
Marjolaine Fournier and Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer discuss the role of religion in Mozart’s life and music. This in depth conversation focuses on Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and its beautiful celebration of universality that lead the way towards 18th-century romanticism.
Nov 6, 2019
Marjolaine Fournier and Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer describe the music of Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt, his A minor Piano Concerto, and his C minor Symphony. His music, his melodies and his small works for piano are simply perfect. Can you believe that his symphony, composed in 1864 when Grieg was only 21, was played in 1981 for the first time? Listen to this podcast to learn more about why his Piano Concerto is his greatest work, and what influenced his composition style.
1 hr 1 min
Sep 26, 2019
Béla Bartók and Witold Lutosławski
Marjolaine Fournier and Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer talk about two Concertos for orchestra: one by Béla Bartók and the other by Witold Lutosławski. They take a moment to explain the format of a concerto for orchestra (what do you mean, a concerto without a soloist?), and the dialog that develops within the orchestra performing it. Bartók and Lutosławski, who lived concurrently but in different contexts, composed two completely different and marvellous works.
Sep 3, 2019
Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer and Marjolaine Fournier discuss Verdi’s Requiem, first performed in Milan in 1874. The text for this was written in about 1250, when a requiem was meant to be music to sustain the mass of the death. Our hosts uncover some history about the evolution of requiem works and their cultural significance, and shed light on Verdi’s atheist and anti-clerical views had a role in taking the requiem into the concert hall.
Apr 2, 2019
Marjolaine Fournier and Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer discuss the masterful Claude Vivier, composer from Québec. His music, which can be characterized as “beautiful, immense, tragic, inspiring,” is celebrated and heard regularly in France, Germany, Holland and Austria. Lonely Child will be featured during the NAC Orchestra’s tour in Europe in May 2019.
Jan 30, 2019
Brahms’ and Schumann’s first symphonies
Marjolaine Fournier and Jean Jacques van Vlasselaer compare Brahms’ and Schumann’s first symphonies. They explore the relationships between the two composers and Clara Wieck. Schumann was alive in an extraordinary and explosive decade, Clara was nine years younger and a remarkable pianist, and Brahms, a generation apart, grew up in an entirely different environment. How was their first encounter? How do the two masterworks compare? The NAC Orchestra will perform Schumann’s first symphony on February 13 and 14, 2019, and Brahms’ first on May 1 and 2, 2019. Join them in this wild goose chase!
Oct 19, 2018
Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem
Marjolaine Fournier and Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer discuss Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. How much do you know about Benjamin Britten? There is fury in this composition. Where does it come from? Pacifism started in the 20th century, and Britten is a member of this movement. War is morally unacceptable and unjustifiable for him. So what is this Requiem about? Find out in this newest instalment of the Explore the Symphony podcast. The NAC Orchestra will perform this work on Friday November 9, 2018, in a side-by-side concert with the Bundesjugendorchester (the German Youth Orchestra) and local choirs in Southam Hall.
Sep 27, 2018
Schubert's Ninth Symphony
John Storgårds will conduct the NAC Orchestra on October 10 and 11, 2018, in their performance of Schubert’s ninth and final symphony. Marjolaine Fournier, NACO double bassist, and Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer, musicologist, explore this work and uncover that Schubert never heard it performed in his lifetime. Schubert died in 1828 at the early age of 31. The changing politics and aesthetics of the day, his health, and the legacy of his predecessors, influenced the evolution of Schubert’s compositions. How does this unfinished Great symphony, born in 1825 and first performed in 1829, fit into the new Romantic era of music and in Schubert’s expansive catalog? Discover how we can relate to Schubert today and much more through the story-telling of these two learned scholars of music.
Sep 13, 2018
You don’t have to be a music-lover to love Beethoven
Marjolaine Fournier and Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer prepare us for the Festival Focus 2018 featuring all nine Beethoven symphonies. Did he really invent the boogie-woogie? Beethoven offered so much variety within his symphonies, and as a genius, is a guiding light. Concert halls continue to be filled for performances of Beethoven symphonies. Find out why.
Apr 13, 2018
Anton Bruckner’s eighth symphony with the TSO
Bruckner scholars seem to focus on psychoanalysis rather than closing their eyes and listening to the music. To listen to Anton Bruckner’s eighth symphony is to listen to the summit of his music. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs this work with conductor Peter Oundjian on May 7, 2018. Listen to Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer and Marjolaine Fournier talk about Bruckner’s eighth symphony.
Mar 22, 2018
Kaija Saariaho, Violin Concerto Graal théâtre
Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer and Marjolaine Fournier talk about Saariaho’s violin concerto which was featured as part of the 2017 Ideas of North festival produced by the NAC Orchestra. Saariaho is seen as a wonderful and intriguing contemporary composer who will stand the test of time, with master works into the turn of the century.
Feb 16, 2018
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 to Wagner, and his contributions to the music of the 20th century.
Dec 22, 2017
Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1 in A minor Op 77
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 movements is technically and emotionally challenging for the soloist. It’s been termed “probing” and “sarcastic” – which may be why it spent time on the shelf after being completed in 1947-48, before seeing the light of day after Stalin’s death in 1953. Jean-Jacques and Marjolaine also talk about Shostakovich’s second piano concerto, which appears in the NAC Orchestra program in March 2018 and sees Russia-born Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg at the keyboard. This work was born after Stalin’s death, and was written for the composer’s 19-year-old son, Maxim, a detail that upholds what some have said was the youthful character of the final movement.
1 hr 15 min
Oct 27, 2017
Sibelius’ Symphonic Poems
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 festival. Composed between 1896 and 1927, they delineate the “itinerary of Sibelius, the young composer who wanted to express Finnish worlds.” Drawing from the myths of Northern countries, he “moved from the creation of the world [with the first symphonic poem] to the end of his musical writing.”
Sep 29, 2017
Jean Sibelius' First Symphony
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 Finland to develop a national identity during its struggle for independence from Russia. Sibelius started work on his Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39, in 1898 and completed it in early 1899, when he was 33. The work was first performed on 26 April 1899 by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the composer, in an original, well received version which has not survived. After the premiere, Sibelius made some revisions, resulting in the version performed today. The revision was completed in the spring and summer of 1900, and was first performed in Berlin by the Helsinki Philharmonic, conducted by Robert Kajanus on 18 July 1900. The symphony begins with a highly original, rather forlorn clarinet solo backed by subdued timp…
Jun 2, 2017
Harry Somers - Louis Riel
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 50th anniversary, and will help mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. The National Arts Centre has joined with the Canadian Opera Company to proudly present this new production of Louis Riel. Music by Harry Somers Libretto by Mavor Moore with the collaboration of Jacques Languirand
Mar 15, 2017
Sibelius' Majestic 2nd and 6th Symphonies
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, is often credited with having helped Finland to develop a national identity during its struggle for independence from Russia. - Wikipedia
Mar 1, 2017
Robert and Clara: The whirlwind love affair of Robert Alexander Schumann and Clara Josephine Wieck
Robert Schumann (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 a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing. In 1840, Schumann married Friedrich Wieck's daughter Clara, against the wishes of her father, following a long and acrimonious legal battle, which found in favor of Clara and Robert. Clara also composed music and had a considerable concert career as a pianist, the earnings from which, before her marriage, formed a substantial part of her father's fortune. - Wikipedia
Jan 24, 2017
Richard Strauss - Also sprach Zarathustra
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 Salome; his Lieder, especially his Four Last Songs; his tone poems, including Don Juan, Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Also sprach Zarathustra, Ein Heldenleben, Symphonia Domestica, and An Alpine Symphony; and other instrumental works such as Metamorphosen and his Oboe Concerto. Strauss was also a prominent conductor in Western Europe and the Americas, enjoying quasi-celebrity status as his compositions became standards of orchestral and operatic repertoire. Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (Thus Spoke Zarathustra or Thus Spake Zarathustra) is a tone poem by Richard Strauss, composed in 1896 and inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophical novel of the same name.The composer conducted its first performance on 27 November 1896 in…
1 hr 8 min
Nov 29, 2016
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky: Pulcinella
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 is a character originating from Commedia dell'arte. The ballet premiered at the Paris Opera on 15 May 1920 under the baton of Ernest Ansermet. The dancer Léonide Massine created both the libretto and choreography, and Pablo Picasso designed the original costumes and sets. It was commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev. - Wikipedia
Nov 18, 2016
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphonies no. 5 & 6
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, bolstered by his appearances as a guest conductor in Europe and the United States. Tchaikovsky was honored in 1884, by Emperor Alexander III, and awarded a lifetime pension. The Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was composed between May and August 1888 and was first performed in St Petersburg at the Mariinsky Theatre on November 17 of that year with Tchaikovsky conducting. The Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, Pathétique is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's final completed symphony, written between February and the end of August 1893. The composer entitled the work "The Passionate Symphony", employing a Russian word, Pateticheskaya, meaning "passionate" or "emotional", that was then mistranslated into French as pathet…
Jun 6, 2016
Wilhelm Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Wilhelm Richard Wagner was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is primarily known for his operas. Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. Initially establishing his reputation as a composer of works in the romantic vein of Weber and Meyerbeer, Wagner revolutionized opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk, by which he sought to synthesize the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts, with music subsidiary to drama. - Wikipedia
1 hr 3 min
Apr 22, 2016
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Man Who Changed Movie Scores Forever
"Treating each film as an 'opera without singing' (each character has his or her own leitmotif) Korngold created intensely romantic, richly melodic and contrapuntally intricate scores, the best of which are a cinematic paradigm for the tone poems of Richard Strauss and Franz Liszt. He intended that, when divorced from the moving image, these scores could stand alone in the concert hall. His style exerted a profound influence on modern film music." — Brendan G. Carroll, Korngold, Erich Wolfgang, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Nov 20, 2015
The Music of George Gershwin
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 – the short Blue Monday Blues and the full-length Porgy and Bess. Gershwin also wrote music for four films (Shall We Dance is the most famous), a few piano pieces and a handful of concert works: Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, Cuban Overture, Concerto in F, Second Rhapsody and Variations on “I Got Rhythm.” Gershwin’s style is derived from the American soul and spirit. “Epitomizing the Jazz Age in every pore of his suave being,” writes critic Alex Ross, “Gershwin was the ultimate phenomenon in early-twentieth century American music, the man in whom all the discordant tendencies of the era achieved sweet harmony.” Many of Gershwin’s works are infused with jazz, and if he can be said to have made one single overriding accomplishment in his life, it was to c…
Sep 29, 2015
Episode 43: Mahler Symphony No. 4
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.
Jun 15, 2015
Episode 42: Anton Bruckner and his Ninth Symphony
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 unfolds, rising—like spires of a grand cathedral—to God.
Mar 23, 2015
Episode 41: Maurice Ravel and his two Piano Concertos
Join Marjolaine Fournier and Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer for an intriguing look into Maurice Ravel's life and his two piano concertos.
Mar 13, 2015
Episode 40: Jean-Marie Beaudet, founding father of the NAC Orchestra
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.
Jan 19, 2015
Episode 39: Schumann and the Rhine
Marjolaine and Jean-Jacques reveal Schumann's relationship with the Rhine.
Dec 9, 2014
Episode 38: Brahms' Symphonies
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 Date composed: 1876 Listen to the entire piece at: nacmusicbox.ca
Oct 8, 2014
Episode 37: Hindemith
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 performed by the NAC Orchestra on April 5, 1995. Available in full on the NACMusicbox.ca
Sep 22, 2014
Episode 36: Shakespeare
In this Explore the Symphony, Marjolaine Fournier and Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer talk about Shakespeare, Nicolai, Korngold and Mendelssohn.
May 6, 2014
Episode 35: Fauré
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.
Mar 20, 2014
Episode 34: Schoenberg
In this Explore the Symphony, Marjolaine Fournier and Jeans-Jacques van Vlasselaer talk about the life of Arnold Schoenberg and his string sextet, Verklärte Nacht.
Feb 20, 2014
Episode 33: Bruckner (Symphony no. 2)
Today on Explore the Symphony Marjolaine and Jeans-Jacques discuss Anton Bruckner and his second symphony.
Jan 20, 2014
Episode 32: Shostakovich and his 10th Symphony
Marjolaine and Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer sit down and discuss Dmitri Shostakovich and his 10th Symphony.
Nov 26, 2013
Episode 31: Hector Belioz
Marjolaine and Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer sit down and discuss Hector Berlioz and his Symphonie Fantastique.
Oct 23, 2013
Episode 30: Richard Strauss
Marjolaine Fournier and Dr. Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer dive into the 2013-2014 season with Richard Strauss. They discuss his life, and focus on "Also Sprach Zarathustra", and the suites from "Der Rosenkavalier" and "Die schweigsame Frau".
Mar 4, 2013
Episode 29: Sibelius
Marjolaine Fournier and Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer discuss Jean Sibelius, his life, his struggle with depression, alcoholism, and his 3rd Symphony.
Jan 15, 2013
Episode 28: Shostakovich
Marjolaine and Jeans-Jacques discuss Shostakovich, his life in the Soviet Union, and his 9th Symphony.
Jan 7, 2013
Episode 22: Sibelius Symphony No. 4
Jean-Jacques and Marjolaine give Sibelius's Symphony no. 4 the, "Explore the Symphony" treatment.
Jan 7, 2013
Episode 23: Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky
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.
Jan 7, 2013
Episode 24: Dmitri Shostakovich
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.
Jan 7, 2013
Episode 25: Carmina Burana
Marjolaine and Jeans-Jacques explore Carl Orff; his life in early 20th century Germany and his seminal work, Carmina Burana.
Oct 16, 2012
Episode 27: Schumann
In this episode, Marjolaine and Jean-Jacques talk about Robert Schumann's life leading up to the creation of his second symphony.
Sep 10, 2012
Episode 26: Elgar
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.
Nov 3, 2011
Episode 21: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
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.
1 hr 8 min
Dec 14, 2010
Episode 20: The NAC Orchestra and Brahms’s final symphonies
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 wel…
Nov 12, 2010
Episode 19: The NAC Orchestra and Felix Mendelssohn
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).
Sep 21, 2010
Episode 18: The NAC Orchestra's Mozart-Haydn Festival
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.
Apr 20, 2010
Episode 17: Mozart Concerto 23 for Piano and Orchestra
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.
Feb 25, 2010
Episode 16: Debussy's La Mer
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".
Dec 11, 2009
Episode 15: Bach!
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.
Nov 12, 2009
Episode 14: Beethoven Symphony No. 8
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
Oct 20, 2009
Episode 13: Berlioz Romeo and Juliet
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
Oct 8, 2009
Episode 12: Mahler Symphony No. 1
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".
Jun 10, 2009
Episode 11: Ravel Piano Concerto in G
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.
May 12, 2009
Episode 10: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4
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.
Mar 13, 2009
Episode 9: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3
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.
Jan 6, 2009
Episode 8: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
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.
Dec 8, 2008
Episode 7: Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1
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.
Sep 30, 2008
Episode 6: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
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
Jun 6, 2008
Episode 5: Bruckner Symphony No. 9
Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer and Marjolaine Fournier explore the music of Bruckner and the man behind the music.
May 13, 2008
Episode 4: Brahms Symphony No. 4
Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer and Marjolaine Fournier explore the life and times of Johannes Brahms and his 4th Symphony.
Jan 7, 2008
Episode 3: Shostakovich Symphony No. 9
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.
Nov 28, 2007
Episode 2: Dvořàk Symphony No. 9
Discover one of classical music's best-loved symphonies, Dvořàk's 9th Symphony, in the context of the composer's life and times.
Oct 1, 2007
Episode 1: Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Discover Beethoven's symphonic monument -- his 9th symphony -- in its social, historical, and musical context as well as its continuing importance today.
Sep 18, 2007
In this introductory episode, Marjoloaine Laroche discusses the symphonic form and demystifies terms such as sonata, cadenza, and fugue.