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After a pause for Easter weekend, concerts resume apace, especially in collegiate settings. German pianist Andreas Klein plays Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven at the University of West Georgia's Townsend Center Tuesday evening. Also Tuesday, the Belgian Brass Quintet returns to UGA's Performing Arts Center in Athens. Thursday the Adaskin String Trio and oboist Thomas Gallant perform Fiala, Beethoven and Mozart at Alabama's Auburn University, presented by the Auburn Chamber Music Society (whose web page notes: Well-behaved children get in free!).
Today's show pulls out all the stops with a 20th century festive toccata for organ and orchestra, a Baroque Easter oratorio, a Romantic celebration of Russian Easter, and shorter festive fare. Also: Mozart's "Prague" Symphony, in a happening new period-instrument recording with Rene Jacobs at the helm.
- Bach: Easter Oratorio, BWV 249. Collegium Vocale, soloists, Herreweghe (Harmonia Mundi 901513)
- Medtner: Piano Sonata in A minor, Op. 30. Marc-Andre Hamelin (Hyperion 67221/4)
- Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture. Baltimore Sym, Zinman (Telarc 80378)
- Scheidt: Christo, dem Osterlammlein. Capella Ducale, Musica Fiata, Wilson (CPO 777 145)
- Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90. Paul Lewis (Harmonia Mundi 901903.05)
- Barber: Toccata Festiva. Latry, Philadelphia Orch, Eschenbach (Ondine 1094-5)
- Barber: Chorale for Ascension Day (Easter Chorale). Choir of Ormond College, Lawrence (Naxos 8.559053)
- Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music. London Phil, Handley (Chandos 8330)
- Mozart: Symphony No. 38, "Prague." Freiburg Baroque Orch, Jacobs (new Harmonia Mundi 901958)
- Bach/Stokowski: Easter Cantata: Chorale. Bournemouth Sym, Serebrier (Naxos 8.557883)