The first hour of the program shades from original choral works by Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis . . . to 20th century string music by Ralph Vaughan Williams based on a Tallis tune . . . and on to a Tallis-free chamber piece also by Vaughan Williams, scored unusually for piano, violin, viola, cello and - here's the kicker - double bass.
Concerts: Friday the Macon Symphony presents its spring pops program Pianists at Play, and the UGA Performing Arts Center offers Hungarian flutist Dora Seres in recital. Saturday the Albany Chorale sings Rutter, while the Rome Symphony celebrates its 85th anniversary. And the Savannah Music Festival heads into its final weekend of classical concerts.
- Tallis: Salvator mundi, salva nos; Loquebantur variis linguis. The Sixteen, Christopher (Chandos 0513)
- Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis. Sym Orch of the Curtis Institute, Previn (EMI 55371)
- Vaughan Williams: Piano Quintet in C minor. Nash Ensemble (Hyperion 67381/2)
- Wagner: Lohengrin, Act 1 Prelude. Berlin Phil, Karajan (EMI 76896)
- Handel: Semele: "Where'er you walk." Padmore, English Concert, Manze (Harmonia Mundi, due out in June)
- Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp, K. 299. Galassi, Kaiser, Freiburg Baroque Orch, Goltz (Harmonia Mundi 901897)
- Rodrigo: Sones en la Giralda (Fantasia Sevillana). Wentink, Asturias Sym, Valdes (Naxos 8.555843)
- Schubert: Piano Trio in E-flat, D. 897, "Nocturne." Haefliger, members of Takacs Quartet (London 452 854)
- Schubert: Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished." Vienna Phil, Kleiber (DG 449 745)
- Granados: El Amor e la Muerte, from Goyescas. Martin Jones (Nimbus 55595/8)