Thursday, July 19

If the taste of William Bolcom's music in the first hour whets your appetite, consider the recital at Spivey Hall Saturday in Morrow by pianist Christopher Taylor. He's performing Bolcom as well as Liszt and Bermel. In addition to a successful concert career, the thirty-year-old Taylor also has a degree in mathematics from Harvard University, summa cum laude, and contributes to the fields of philosophy and computer science. Slacker.

Visually as well as aurally oriented? Here's how the CDs of Monteverdi, Beethoven, Bernstein, Nielsen and Verdi listed below look:
Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigals Book 6 Beethoven: Die 5 Klavierkonzerte One Hand, One Heart - Bernstein's Greatest Love Songs / Carreras, et al Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 "The Inextinguishable" / Symphony No. 5, Op. 50 - Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra / Michael Schonwandt Verdi: Requiem & Operatic Choruses

For more on the late Jerry Hadley, whose pure tenor voice highlights performances of Bernstein and Verdi on Midday Music, listen to hour 2 of today's Performance Today or read an obituary here or here.

11 AM

  • Bernstein: Candide Overture. New York Phil, Bernstein (Sony 47154)
  • Bolcom: Graceful Ghost Rag. O-zone Percussion Group, Olmstead (Klavier 11115)
  • Monteverdi: Lamento d'Arianna. Paolo Costa, Delitiae Musicae, Longhini (Naxos 8.555312-13)
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4. Maurizio Pollini, Berlin Phil, Abbado (DG 439 770)
12 N
  • Bernstein: Candide: "Oh happy we" and "You were dead, you know." Jerry Hadley, June Anderson, London Sym, Bernstein (DG 289 463 598)
  • Rota: Sonata for Flute and Harp. Laurel Zucker, Susan Jolles (Cantilena 66034)
  • Nielsen: Symphony No. 4, "Inextinguishable." Danish National Radio Sym, Schonwandt (DaCapo 8.224156 in box 8.203103)
1 PM
  • Verdi: Requiem: selections. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, soloists including Jerry Hadley, Shaw (Telarc
  • Mozart: String Quartet in D major, K. 575. Alban Berg Quartet (EMI 49583)