I'm pleased to present today the GPB (and radio?) premiere of music inspired by a trip to theMiddle East. It's the Sinai Symphony by Georgia's own Doug Hooker, as performed February 5 by the LaGrange Symphony. Listen in the noon hour.
Just about everything else on Midday Music is a concert tie-in. Pianist Alexander Kobrin, violinist Vadim Gluzman, recorder player Marion Verbruggen and pianist John O'Conor all perform in Georgia this week (in Athens, Augusta, Atlanta and Valdosta, respectively). Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and Bernstein's Candide are both on stage in Atlanta. See concert list with links, above.
- Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro, Overture. Lausanne Chamber Orch, Menuhin. Virgin 363284.
- Franck: Symphony in D minor. Orchestra of Paris, Bychkov. Philips 432 096.
- Chopin: Nocturne No. 3 in B major, Op. 93. Alexander Kobrin. Harmonia Mundi 907414.
- Tchaikovsky: The Voyevoda, Overture. National Sym Orch of Ukraine, Kuchar. Naxos 8.554845.
- Hooker, Doug: Sinai Symphony. LaGrange Sym Orch, Patricio Cobos. Performance February 5, 2008. Not commercially available.
- Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor. Vadim Gluzman, Bergen Phil, Litton. BIS 1432.
- Bernstein: Candide Overture. New York Phil, Bernstein. Sony 63085.
- Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor, RV 105. Marion Verbruggen et al. Harmonia Mundi 3957046.
- Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat. John O'Conor, London Sym, Delfs. Telarc 80675.