Wednesday, January 2

Two Georgia musical entities highlight today's show. First: Donald Runnicles performs in both his main musical guises - as conductor, leading the Atlanta Symphony, and then as pianist, playing more intimate fare. (In concert news, Runnicles leads the Atlanta Symphony in a Ravel concerto and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, January 10-12 in Atlanta and January 13 in Athens.)

Second up: the Georgian Chamber Players. (They and guests perform Barber and Brahms Sunday at 3 at Spivey Hall, Morrow.) We hear them in all three hours of Midday Music, in concert performances off their album Our Sunday Best. Atlanta-based ACA Digital (The Orchard) put out that two-CD set last year. The album is available for track-by-track download at emusic too, but be prepared for some odd typos in the composers' names. "Ernst von DohnFranz Joseph Haydnanyi," anyone?

11 AM

  • Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 (not the more famous No. 1). Atlanta Symphony, Runnicles. Telarc 80677.
  • Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat, Op. 99. Donald Runnicles and members of the Georgian Chamber Players (Beth Newdome, Christopher Rex). ACA Digital 20102 or on
  • Klami: Suomenlina Festival Overture. Finnish Radio Sym, Saraste. Yleis 9503.
  • Handel: Solomon: Entrance of the Queen of Sheba. Taverner Players, Parrott. Virgin 391340.
12 N
  • Marschner: Hans Heiling, Overture. Vienna Phil, Thielemann. DG 289 474 5022.
  • Schubert/Liszt: Die Taubenpost. Georgian Chamber Players' Valentina Lisitsa. ACA Digital 20102 or on
  • Weill: Threepenny Opera, Suite. Chicago Pro Musica. Reference 2104.
  • Golijov: Ainadamar: Desde mi ventana (From my window). Livia Sohn, Benjamin Loeb. Naxos 8.570202.
  • Rossini: William Tell Overture. Montreal Sym, Dutoit. London 433 074.
1 PM
  • Khatchaturian: Circus, Ballet Suite. St. Petersburg State Sym, Anichanov. Naxos 8.550802.
  • Dohnanyi: Piano Quintet No. 1 in C minor. Georgian Chamber Players and guests. ACA Digital 20102 or on
  • Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte, Overture. Orchestra of St. John's, Lubbock. Resonance 3072.