Three composers make their Midday Music debuts today, in new recordings. First, from Russia, please meet Nikolay Borisovich Gorlov (b. 1926). We'll open the show with his Suite for oboe and piano. After that, kindly make the acquaintance of Portugal's Luis de Freitas Branco (1890-1955), whose second symphony was inspired in part by his sister's entrance into a Carmelite convent. In the final hour, join me in meandering through a quirky concept garden in Scotland, as captured in a quirky set of pieces by the same name, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation. We'll hear the first part of Michael Gandolfi's (b. 1956) hourlong work in its world premiere recording with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony. Photos of the garden itself are sprinkled throughout Gandolfi's website.
- Gorlov: Suite for oboe and piano. Ivan Paisov, Natalia Shcherbakova. Naxos 8.570596.
- Branco: Symphony No. 2 (1926). Extremadura Sym Orch, Amigo. Atma 2578.
- Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits. Orpheus Chamber Orch. DG 437 782
- Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 20 in A, D. 959. Andras Schiff. London 440 309.
- Three short pieces from Renaissance Italy. Piffaro. Archiv 445 883.
- Vivaldi: Mandolin Concerto in C, RV 425. Rolf Lislevand et al. Naive 30429.
- Gandolfi: The Garden of Cosmic Speculation: Part 1. Atlanta Sym Orch, Spano. Telarc 80696.
- Bernstein: Divertimento: Waltz, Turkey Trot, Blues, March. Vienna Phil, Bernstein. DG 457 691.