Wednesday, December 26

Big news here at GPB Radio!

Our own Terrance McKnight, host of Studio GPB and The ASO on GPB, has accepted a job in the Big Apple. He's becoming the evening music host at Manhattan public radio giant WNYC. His last day with GPB is coming up in mid-January. Read more about it here, in a posting by Atlanta-Journal Constitution classical critic Pierre Ruhe. I'm thrilled for Terrance's success but will miss him as a colleague and a friend.

On another note, on John Schaefer names his top ten albums of the year. His top classical pick? Oceana. That's music of Osvaldo Golijov featuring Robert Spano and our own Atlanta Symphony and Chorus (as well as noted non-Georgia soloists). Rah! Schaefer is one of Terrance's future colleagues at WNYC, as it happens.

And now, the playlist for today's Midday Music:

11 AM . . . .

  • Weinberger: Schwanda the Bagpiper: Polka and Fugue. Cincinnati Pops, Kunzel (Telarc 80595)
  • Praetorius: Dances from Terpsichore. US Air Force Reserve Brass Quintet (in concert, RiverCenter, Columbus, Ga., 9/10/07)
  • Nielsen: Sinfonia Espansiva (Symphony No. 3). San Francisco Sym, Blomstedt (London/Decca 430 280; pictured: rerelease on two-disc set 460 985)
12 N . . . . . .
  • Bach: Christmas Oratorio: Sinfonia from Part 2. English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner (Archiv 427 653; pictured: 423 232)
  • Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3. English Concert, Pinnock (Archiv 427 112; pictured: 872 302, rerelease with all four suites)
  • Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne: Pastorale (Bailero). Veronique Gens, Natioanl Orch Lille, Baudo (Naxos 8.570338)
  • Rodrigo: Concierto Serenata for harp and orchestra. Gwyneth Wentink, Asturias Sym, Valdes (Naxos 8.555843)
1 PM . . . . . .
  • Chaminade: Concertino for Flute. Paula Robison, Charleston Sym, Stahl (Pergola 1032)
  • Schoenfield: Cafe Music. Ehnes, Arron, Russo (Black Box 1109)
  • Dvorak: Romance in F minor. Pamela Frank, Czech Phil, Mackerras (London 289 460 316)
  • Sammartini: Recorder Sonata in G, Op. 2/4. Maurice Steger et al. (Harmonia Mundi 905266)