Tuesday, September 4

If you were away for Labor Day, welcome back. And a special welcome to our WACG listeners in the greater Augusta area, who, with Alan Cooke's semi-retirement, this month join the family of listeners to the Atlanta-originated edition of Midday Music. Alan intends to continue hosting Friday Requests and subbing for me as needed, as our eminence-grise-in-residence.

Ahead this week on Midday Music: an interview with conductor Donald Portnoy of the Augusta Symphony (Wednesday) and a concert preview with Adrian Gnam of the Macon Symphony (Thursday).

Musical highlights today: Stenhammar's Excelsior! Oveture, Sibelius with Sarah Chang, Haydn's "Hen" Symphony, Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty, the "Devil's House" by Boccherini, and early Saint-Saens.

11 AM

  • Stenhammar: Excelsior! Royal Stockholm Phil, Jarvi (Virgin 45244)
  • Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor. Sarah Chang, Berlin Phil, Jansons (EMI 56418)
  • Sibelius: Finlandia. Philadelphia Orch, Ormandy (Sony 47281)
12 N
  • Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 21. Vienna Phil, Abbado (DG 429 364)
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 83, "The Hen." Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orch, Fischer (Nimbus 5419/20)
  • Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty, selections. Dallas Sym, Litton (Delos 3196)
1 PM
  • Schumann, C.: Scherzo in D minor. Susanne Grutzmann (Profil 07065)
  • Boccherini: "La Casa del Diavolo," Sinfonia Op. 12/4. Il Giardino Armonico, Antonini (Naive 30399)
  • Saint-Saens: Suite for Cello and Piano, Op. 16. Kliegel, Thiollier (Naxos 8.557880)