Thursday, October 4

Results just in for the 2007 Gramophone Awards! (That's a UK-based award, associated with the British magazine Gramophone, and not to be confused with the American Grammys.) German violinist Julia Fischer won the Gramophone Award for Artist of the Year, while a concert recording of Brahms piano concertos with Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire won Gramophone's Record of the Year. We hear Fischer at noon and Freire at one.

Concocting a musical weekend around Georgia? This is Anastasia Agapova, a prize-winning Russian violinist now studying at Columbus State. Tuesday she plays Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with Patricio Cobos and the LaGrange Symphony. Tonight in Carrollton, guest piano duo Kevin Hampton and Lyle Indergaard play four-hand piano music by Schubert, Corigliano and others at the University of West Georgia. Saturday the Albany Chorale sings folksongs from around the world at Darton College. The Savannah Sinfonietta is giving concerts too. And here's a new article on the new Valdosta Symphony season.

Earlier this week I also mentioned imminent performances by the Talich Quartet (in Augusta), Atlanta Symphony (with Garrick Ohlsson), Atlanta Opera (Turandot) and Polina Leschenko (at Spivey Hall). For links, please see Tuesday's and Wednesday's entries below. Happy concertgoing!

11 AM

  • Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet, dramatic symphony. Philharmonia Orch, Giulini (EMI 47616) [Pictured: a more recent recording with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony on LSO Live.]
12 N
  • Tchaikovsky: Valse-Scherzo. Julia Fischer, Russian National Orch, Kreizberg (PentaTone 5186 095)
  • Stanford: Serenade (nonet). Capricorn (Helios 55061)
  • Vivaldi: Four Seasons: Autumn. Cho-Liang Lin, Sejong, Newman (Naxos 8.557920)
  • Buck: Festival Overture on the American National Air. London Sym, Klein (Albany 235)
1 PM
  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat. Nelson Freire, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch, Chailly (Decca B0006588) - Winner, Gramophone Award for RECORD OF THE YEAR