Couple of recordings I'd like to point out. The noon hour starts with a chunk of an opera by Richard Wagner - for orchestra. Conductor Loren Maazel's condensation preserves all the Teutonic grandeur with none of those pesky singers. (Just kidding, singers.) Right after that, for contrast, violinist Itzhak Perlman plays Hasidic-inspired music by Bloch. See his twenty-year-old baby face in the second image below? The disc, Perlman Rediscovered, revives tape from his pre-stardom years - and shows he could do that intense Eastern European Jewish thing long before the Schindler's List theme.
You might also be interested in the budget reissue of Beethoven's clarinet trio, from the start of the show, and the grand new London Symphony concert recording of Sibelius's Second Symphony, from the end.
- Haydn: Symphony No. 65 in A. L'Estro Armonico, Solomons (CBS 39685)
- Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B-flat, Op. 11. Peyer, Du Pre, Barenboim (EMI 55674)
- Finzi: Eclogue. Martin Jones, English String Orch, Boughton (Nimbus 7037)
- Wagner/Maazel: Tannhauser without Words: Overture and Act I. Pittsburgh Sym, Maazel (Sony 47178)
- Bloch: Baal Shem Suite: No. 2, "Nigun." Itzhak Perlman, David Garvey (RCA 62516)
- Telemann: Concerto in F minor for recorder and bassoon. Pehrsson, McCraw, Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Sparf (BIS 617)
- Sibelius: Symphony No. 2. London Sym Orch, Davis (LSO 0105)
- Shostakovich: Fugue, Op. 87/22. Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet (Channel 19498)