Wednesday, November 7

Thanks to Alan Cooke at Augusta station WACG and Russell Wells at Savannah's WSVH for hosting the past two days. Their playlists are here (for Monday) and here (for Tuesday).

News flash! Musical America has just named its Conductor of the Year, and it's . . . Atlanta Symphony music director Robert Spano. The announcement cites Spano's "solid musicianship, intellectual curiosity, and a palpable enthusiasm that is contagious on both sides of the footlights." Musical America's article about the winners says:

Robert Spano is that rare American conductor who has been able to launch a successful career in his native country. Known for his imaginative programming and deep commitment to music of his own era, Spano in his six years with the Atlanta Symphony has brought the orchestra increasingly into the limelight with a commissioning and recording program that is the envy of orchestras everywhere.
Spano can pick up his award December 13 in New York. And you can catch this season's ASO concerts broadcast over GPB Radio in the first half of 2008.

Today on Midday Music after the 1:00 news, Macon conductor Adrian Gnam introduces Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings. The Macon Symphony performs that (and Beethoven's First, and music of Barber featuring Mercer-trained Met soprano Leah Partridge) this Saturday the 10th in Macon and again Sunday the 11th up the road in Eatonton.

11 AM
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 1. Vienna Phil, Abbado (DG 427 301)
  • Liszt: Jeux d'eaux de la Villa d'Este. Jorge Bolet (London 425 689)
  • Haydn: String Quartet in B minor, Op. 33/1. Kodaly Quartet (Naxos 8.550788)
12 N . . .
  • Mozart/Triebensee: Don Giovanni: La ci darem la mano. Opera Senza (MDG 603 1464)
  • Korngold: M√§rchenbilder, Op. 3. BBC Phil, Bamert (Chandos 10434 X)
  • Saint-Saens: Clarinet Sonata, Op. 167. Ensemble Villa Musica (MDG 304 0395)
  • Glazunov: Saxophone Concerto in E-flat. Debra Richtmeyer, Slovak Radio Orch, Trevor (Albany 593)
1 PM . . .
  • Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major. Metamorphosen Chamber Orch, Yoo (Archetype 60105)
  • Schoenfield: Four Souvenirs. (Not to be confused with his Four Parables, a more somber orchestral work on the same disc!) James Ehnes, Andrew Russo (Black Box 1109)
  • Schoenfield: Burlesque. Paul Schoenfield et al. (Innova 544)