Wednesday, September 5

I'm pleased to present conversation with Donald Portnoy as he begins his seventeenth and final season as music director of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra. Over the course of the noon hour he talks about the growth of the orchestra, his own background, his memories of Aaron Copland and the stellar roster of guest soloists ahead for this year. You'll also hear concert tape from recent Augusta Symphony seasons. And you'll hear a recording of the first headline soloist of the new season, guitarist Sharon Isbin, who performs Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez September 15 in Augusta. That all starts right after the noon news.

11 AM

  • Veracini: Overture No. 2 in F. Musica Antiqua Koln, Goebel (Archiv 439 937)
  • Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango: Cafe 1930. Manuel Barrueco, Emmanuel Pahud (EMI 56578)
  • Ravel: Mother Goose, Ballet. Royal Concertgebouw, Haitink (PentaTone 5186 167)
12 N
  • Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien. Augusta Sym, Nicola Giuliani (rec Alan Cooke 2007)
  • Copland: Billy the Kid Suite. Augusta Sym, Donald Portnoy (rec Alan Cooke 2003)
  • Albinoni/Giazotto: Adagio. Sharon Isbin, Zurich Chamber Orch, Griffiths (Warner 45312)
  • Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 1. Quebec Sym, Talmi (Analekta 3156)
1 PM
  • Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major. Nikolaj Znaider, Israel Phil, Mehta (RCA 82876 69217)
  • Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 19. Quebec Sym, Talmi (Analekta 3156)