Thursday, September 6

Tenor Luciano Pavarotti died early today in Modena, Italy at the age of 71.

You can still listen to this morning's tribute to Pavarotti - with biographical background, interviews and plenty of that unmistakable voice in action - at the Performance Today website. It's hard to believe that force of nature is gone. At least his recordings live on.

Beyond Pavarotti, most of Midday Music goes to Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto and Brahms' Fourth Symphony - the two headliners in the Macon Symphony Orchestra's season opener Saturday. Introducing those works on air is MSO maestro Adrian Gnam. Full playlist below, but first...

Concerts are back in season all over! Events of note:

  • This evening over wine and light hors d'eouvres, the Columbus Symphony presents "Symphony Revealed"- a chance to ask conductor George Del Gobbo and musicians anything you ever wanted to know about the orchestra and classical music but were afraid to ask.
  • Tonight in Waleska, prizewinning young tenor Philippe Castagner performs at Reinhardt College's Falany Peforming Arts Center.
  • Saturday at Rome's Berry College you can bring food and drink and a blanket to an outdoor concert with Sam Baltzer and the Clock Tower Jazz Ensemble, presented by the Rome Symphony.
  • And in middle Georgia there's the big, romantic Macon Symphony concert mentioned above, with Verdi, Rachmaninoff and Brahms.
And finally, the Midday Music playlist du jour:

11 AM
  • Verdi: Rigoletto: "Ella mi fu rapita...Parmi veder le lagrime" and "La donna e mobile." Luciano Pavarotti (London 417 570)
  • Verdi: La Forza del Destino, Overture. Berlin Phil, Abbado (DG 289 459 555)
  • Bernstein: On the Town: Three Dance Episodes. New York Phil, Bernstein (Sony 60559)
  • Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. Cincinnati Sym, P. Jarvi (Telarc 80660)
  • Vivaldi: Sinfonia in G, RV 149. Academy of Ancient Music, Manze (Harmonia Mundi 907273)
  • Puccini: Tosca: "Recondita armonia." Luciano Pavarotti (London 421 124)
12 N
  • Puccini: Turandot: "Nessun dorma." Luciano Pavarotti (London 421 123)
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3. Arcady Volodos, Berlin Phil, Levine (Sony 64384)
  • Ravel: Piece en Forme de Habanera. Grauwels, Belgian Sym, Vandernoot (Naxos 555977)
  • Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore: "Una furtiva lagrima." Luciano Pavarotti (London 417 638)
1 PM
  • Massenet: Werther: "Pourquoi me reveiller." Luciano Pavarotti (London 421 124)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor. Vienna Phil, Kleiber (DG 289 457 706)
  • Verdi: La Traviata: "Lunga da lei...De' miei bollenti spiriti." Luciano Pavarotti (London 417 570)