Tuesday, May 22

This weekend the LaGrange Symphony plays a Memorial Day concert. The Atlanta Symphony performs Beethoven's Sixth ("Pastorale") and Michael Gandolfi's Garden of Cosmic Speculation. Besides those, things are getting pretty quiet in concert land.

But at GPB the show must go on! And it does, with a symphony by a septuagenarian Swede, sounds from South America, and a birthday nod to Wagner, winding up with the bridal chorus from Lohengrin, best known as "Here Comes the Bride."

Featured on new releases: the Accentus chamber choir (Transcriptions 2), Parkening and Sykes (Jubilation), the Georgian Chamber Players (Our Sunday Best), and music of Alfven and Weiss (on Naxos). If it seems as if Naxos discs are proliferating on GPB playlists these days - well, they are. Few labels release as many classical recordings as Naxos, or provide copies as willingly to radio stations.

11 AM

  • Alfven: Symphony No. 5 in A minor, Op. 54. Norrkoping Sym, Willen (Naxos 8.557612)
12 N
  • Schubert: Litany, D. 334 (transcr Gottwald). Accentus, Equilbey (Naive 5048)
  • Weiss: Sonata No. 20 in D minor. Schwab, lute; Ahlert, mandolin (Naxos 8.557716)
  • Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1: Fugue - Conversation. Nashville Sym cellos, Mogrelia (Naxos 8.557460-62)
  • Villa-Lobos: Guitar Concerto. Sharon Isbin, New York Phil, Serebrier (Warner 2564 60296)
  • Pantoje, Rique: Ciranda Bambole; Lamento. Jubilant Sykes, Christopher Parkening (EMI 57591)
1 PM
  • Wagner: Die Walkure: Ride of the Valkyries. Met Orch, Levine (DG 447 764)
  • Wagner: Tannhauser: Entrance of the Guests. Atlanta Sym Orch and Chorus, Shaw (Telarc 80333)
  • Haydn: String Quartet in G major, Op. 77/1. Preucil, Georgian Chamber Players (ACA 20102)
  • Wagner: Die Walkure: Magic Fire Music. Royal Phil Orch, Stokowski (RCA 74321 70931)
  • Wagner: Lohengrin: Bridal Chorus. Atlanta Sym Orch and Chorus, Shaw (Telarc 80333)