There's so much live musicmaking going on right now - if it's your flavor, go out and hear some! :-) For Christmas concerts near or nearish you, see Wednesday's clickable list below. It may not include your kid's school concert or your friend's church singalong, but it'll get you started with some of our larger performing groups.
And as always, thanks for listening to GPB during all those non-concert hours. Today's Midday Music features two great new recordings for the season. If you're looking for a fantastic new Nutcracker disc, with more than just the suite but less than the whole ballet, check out Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in the 1 o'clock hour.
11 AM . . .
- Evald: Brass Quintet No. 4. Stockholm Chamber Brass (BIS 613)
- Lutoslawski: Polish Christmas Carols. Julia Doyle, BBC Sym, Philharmonia Chorus, Zinman (RCA [SonyBMG] 88697 11561)
- Ionafan: Liturgy of Peace: Bless the Lord. Kyiv Chamber Choir, Hobdych (Hearts of Space 11118)
- Schubert: Symphony No. 5. Chamber Orch of Europe, Abbado (DG 423 654)
- Offenbach: Gaîté Parisienne, selections. New York Phil, Bernstein (Sony 61830)
- Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite. St. Petersburg Phil, Temirkanov (EMI 11272)
- Sammartini: Recorder Sonata No. 21 in B-flat. Maurice Steger et al. (Harmonia Mundi 905266)
- Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen. Joel Quarrington, Andrew Burashko (CBC MVCD 1108)
- Traditional Norwegian: Dance from Vestfold. Trio Mediaeval (ECM 2003)