Tuesday, June 5

If you watch DVDs, I'd like to make a suggestion: opera. You can now rent (or buy) dozens and dozens of fully staged operas, with top-notch casts, handy subtitles, and intermissions whenever you want them. Over the last two nights I watched a fantastic production of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro from 1994, with stellar leads including Renee Fleming and Gerald Finley (and Alison Hagley - incredible singer and endearing actor). Two evenings well spent, courtesy of Netflix. Just something to keep in mind.

But back to aural media. Except the concertino at noon, today's selections are all recent releases.

Note: One of our own - a fellow GPB listener - tries her hand at Bruce Adolphe's Piano Puzzler on Wednesday's Performance Today. Listen tomorrow morning at 9:00.

11 AM

  • Bach: Concerto in C minor for Oboe and Violin. Academy of Ancient Music Berlin (Harmonia Mundi 901876)
  • Rodrigo: Prelude to the Dawn of a Cockerel. Artur Pizzaro (Naxos 8.557923)
  • Sinding: Piano Concerto in D-flat, Op. 6. Piers Lane, Bergen Phil, Litton (Hyperion 67555)
  • Rodrigo: Dance of the Poppy. Artur Pizzaro (Naxos 8.557923)
12 N
  • Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Concertino for harp, string quartet and clarinets. Stockton, Slatkin (Crystal 171)
  • Couperin: Pieces de Clavecin: Le Tic-Toc-Choc; Les Tricoteuses; Le Carillon de Cithere. Alexandre Tharaud (Harmonia Mundi 901956)
  • Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem): Parts I-II & IV. Berlin Phil, Berlin Radio Chorus, Roschmann, Quasthoff Rattle (EMI 65393)
1 PM
  • Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, continued from above: Parts VI-VII.
  • Schumann: String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 44/1. Cherubini Quartet (EMI 50819)