Itzhak Perlman on Midday Music

Today on Midday Music: Itzhak Perlman in conversation with host Sarah Zaslaw. The violin virtuoso talks about answering fan questions on Facebook and recalls his appearances on Sesame Street, and we hear a new rerelease of him playing the Brahms Violin Concerto. That's just after the one o'clock news on GPB radio and

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Tuesday, September 14

11 AM

  • Glinka: Russlan and Ludmilla, Overture. Baltimore Sym, Zinman. Telarc 80378.
  • Handel: Sonata in B minor, Op. 2/1. Academy of Ancient Music, Egarr. Harmonia Mundi 907467.68.
  • Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81. Frank Braley, Ensemble Explorations. Harmonia Mundi 901880.
12 N
  • Ravel: String Quartet in F major. Arcanto Quartett. Harmonia Mundi 902067.
  • Bach: Flute Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034, for flute and guitar. Marina Piccinini, Joao Luiz. Avie 2196.
  • Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1. Cincinnati Pops, Kunzel. Telarc 80703.
1 PM
  • Marini: Passacaglio a 4. Monica Huggett, Irish Baroque Orch. Avie AV 2202.
  • Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Ballet, Suite No. 1. Oslo Phil, Jansons. EMI 49289.
  • Saint-Saens: Plainte (Lament) for oboe and piano. Bart Schneemann, Paolo Giacometti. Brilliant 93688.
  • Brahms: Nanie (Song of Lamentation). San Francisco Sym & Chorus, Blomstedt. London 430 281.

Monday, September 13

11 AM

  • Debussy: En Blanc et Noir. Ursula Oppens, Jerome Lownthal. Cedille 90000 119.
  • Janacek: Sinfonietta. Czech State Phil, Serebrier. Reference 65.
  • Boismortier: Sonata in D major, Op. 50/3, arr. double bass. Jeremy Kurtz, Benjamin Kamins, Alison Luedecke. JK-001.
12 N
  • Schubert: Impromptu in G-flat, Op. 90/3. Vassily Primakov. Bridge 9327.
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201. English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner. Philips 412 736.
  • Susato/Dunnigan: The Danserye, selections for winds. University of Texas Wind Ens, Junkin. Reference 104.
  • Janacek: Lachian Dances: Celadensky. Czech State Phil, Serebrier. Reference 65.
1 PM
  • Rivera, C.R.: Raven Dance (Serbian song). Cavatina Duo. Cedille 90000 117.
  • Dvorak: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat, Op. 51. Alban Berg Quartet. EMI 57013.
  • Puts, K.: And Legions Will Rise (2001). Mark Rush, Norman Weinberg, Jerry Kirkbride.
  • Gaquere, B.: Kopanitsa da Kalantchatska (Bulgarian dance). Cavatina Duo. Cedille 90000 117.

Wednesday, September 8

Two of the great monotheisms that originated in the Middle East celebrate major holidays within the next day: Islam (Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan) and Judaism (Rosh Hashanah, celebrating the new year).

At noon on GPB it's an hour of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean connections and sounds and cross-pollinations, from Spain to Persia. Especially listen for music from Maya Beiser's new CD, Provenance, which takes its inspiration from the harmony Muslims, Jews and Christians shared in medieval Spain during the Golden Age.

11 AM
  • Strauss: Capriccio: Moonlight Serenade. Atlanta Sym, Runnicles. Telarc 31755.
  • Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94b. Shlomo Mintz, Yefim Bronfman. DG 423 575.
  • Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat, Op. 20/1. Daedalus Quartet. Bridge 9326A/B.
  • Holborne: Elizabethan Dance Suite. Empire Brass. Telarc 80257.
12 N
  • Traditional Sephardic Jewish: Adon Haselichot. Brad Davidorf, members of Atlanta's Congregation Bet Haverim. The Threshing Floor,
  • Kalhor, K.: I Was There. Maya Beiser, Bassam Saba, Shane Shanahan, Jamey Haddad. Provenance, Innova 778.
  • Danielpour: In the Arms of the Beloved, double concerto for violin and cello (2001), inspired by the Persian love poetry of Rumi. Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Iris Chamber Orch, Stern. Arabesque 6767.
  • Assad, S.: Tahhiyya li Oussoulina. Sergio & Odair Assad, guitars. Nonesuch 278140.
1 PM
  • Franck: Violin Sonata in A major. Sergey Khachatryan, Lusine Khachatryan. Naive 5122.
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner. SDG 707.
  • Traditional Jewish from Iraq by way of India, arr. Robertson: Hon Tahon. Gayanne Geurin Weiss, members of Atlanta's Congregation Bet Haverim. The Threshing Floor,

Tuesday, September 7

11 AM

  • Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro, Overture. Lausanne Chamber Orch, Menuhin. Virgin 363284.
  • Handel: Water Music, Suite No. 1 in F major. Boston Baroque, Pearlman. Telarc 80594.
  • Bolcom: Recuerdos. Elizabeth & Marcel Bergmann. Naxos 8.559244.
12 N
  • Smetana: The Moldau. Cleveland Orch, Szell. Sony 47283.
  • Raickovich, M.: Sonata for Piano (1989). Tatjana Rankovich. Albany 1191.
  • Enescu/Grigoriu: Impressions from Childhood, Suite, Op. 28. Sherban Lupu, Sinfonia da Camera, Hobson. Albany 1100.
  • Tansman: Suite for bassoon and piano (1960). Dag Jensen, Midori Kitagawa.
1 PM
  • Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major. Metamorphosen Chamber Orch, Yoo. Archetype 60105.
  • Graupner: Marche from Partita in G major. Genevieve Soly. Analekta 9121.
  • Gillingham, D.: Summer of 2008 for euphonium and wind ensemble (2008). Jason Ham, Illinois State Univ Wind Sym, Steele. Albany 1203.