Tuesday, September 25

Atlanta groups take the spotlight this week.

  • The season opener of the Atlanta Symphony is, of all things, an opera. Robert Spano conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and soloists in La Boheme this Thursday through Saturday.
  • If you prefer your Puccini fully staged, the Atlanta Opera presents Turandot, set in ye olde China and including the famous tenor tune “Nessun dorma.” This marks the Atlanta Opera's first production in its new home, the spanking new Cobb Energy Centre at I-75 and I-285. The show opens September 29 and repeats several times the first week of October.
  • On a more intimate scale and singer-free, the Vega Quartet performs Saturday evening at Emory University, where they are quartet-in-residence. On the program at the Schwartz Center are Beethoven's "Serioso" Quartet, Dvorak's "American" Quartet and Smetana's "From My Life."
Meanwhile, in whatever venue you find yourself, today's Midday Music offers...

11 AM
  • Milhaud: Scaramouche. Sabine Meyer, Oleg Maisenberg (EMI 79787)
  • Corelli: Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op. 6/3. Brandenburg Consort, Goodman (Hyperion 66741/2)
  • Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor. Evgeny Kissin, London Sym, Davis (EMI 82879)
12 N
  • Leclair: Flute Sonata in C major, Op. 1/2. Fenwick Smith, John Gibbons, Laura Blustein (Naxos 8.557440-41)
  • Shostakovich: Festive Overture. Cincinnati Pops, Kunzel (Telarc 80595)
  • Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13. Cleveland Quartet (Telarc 80142)
1 PM
  • Dvorak: Rondo for cello and orchestra, Op. 94. Han-Na Chang, Natl Acad of Santa Cecilia, Pappano (EMI 82390)
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in E-flat. English Chamber Orch, Tate (EMI 88666)
  • Wegelius: Rondo quasi Fantasia for piano and orchestra. Margit Rahkonen, Finnish Radio Sym, Sakari (Yleis 0002)