Playlist for Thursday, May 29

Lovers of classics and coasts, please note that May 31 is opening day for the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, on Amelia Island, Florida - the first barrier island south of the Georgia-Florida border. Concerts take place at venues around the island. This year's lineup includes the Guarneri and American string quartets, cellist Lynn Harrell, pianist Andreas Haefliger, violinist Rachel Barton Pine, brothers Andres and Roberto Diaz, the Atlanta Woodwind Quintet, and Atlanta Symphony principal cellist Christopher Rex, who is also artistic director of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Concerts run May 31 through June 15. Visit festival's website,, or call (904) 261-1779 for details and tickets.

11 AM

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C. English Chamber Orch, Thomas. CBS 44905.
  • Beethoven: String Quartet in F major, Op. 135. Orion Quartet. Koch 7683.
  • Tarrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra. Christopher Parkening. EMI/Angel 67906.
12 N
  • Albeniz: Asturias (Leyenda); Granados: La Maja de Goya. Christopher Parkening. EMI/Angel 57906.
  • Parry: Piano Concerto in F-sharp. Piers Lane, BBC Scottish Sym, Brabbins. Hyperion 66820.
  • Albinoni/Giazotto: Adagio in G minor. Eroica Trio. EMI 57906.
1 PM
  • Maniero: Three Dances from "Il Primo Libro di Balli." Chestnut Brass Company. Crystal 562.
  • Mozart: "Prague" Symphony (No. 38 in D major, K. 504). Vienna Phil, Levine. DG 423 086.
  • Roslavets: Viola Sonata No. 2: Finale. Victoria Chiang, Randall Hodgkinson. Centaur 2450.

Playlist for Wednesday, May 28

11 AM

  • Glinka: Waltz-Fantasy. Detroit Sym Orch, Jarvi. Chandos 9227.
  • Stenhammar: Serenade in F. Gothenburg Sym, Jarvi.
  • Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage. New Philharmonia Orch, Atzmon. EMI 81788.
12 N
  • Dubensky: Concerto Grosso for Three Trombones and Tuba. Pittsburgh Symphony Low Brass Section. Albany 1003 ("From the Back Row").
  • Uccellini: Aria sopra La Bergamasca; Marini: Sonata; Matteis: Ground after the Scotch Humour. Palladian Ensemble. Linn 010.
  • Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy in C major. Alfred Brendel. Philips 422 062.
  • Sinding: Suite in A minor for Violin and Orchestra. Itzhak Perlman, Pittsburgh Sym, Previn. EMI 47167.
1 PM
  • Desprez: Missa Pange Lingua: Agnus Dei. A Sei Voci, Fabre-Garrus. Naive 8892.
  • Arensky: Suite No. 1 for Two Pianos, Op. 15. Lyubov Bruk & Mark Taimanov. Philips 456 736.
  • Hindemith: Mathis der Maler. San Francisco Sym, Blomstedt. London 421 523.

Playlist for Tuesday, May 27

11 AM

  • Wagenseil: Symphony in F. Stuttgart Chamber Orch, Goritzki. CPO 777 112.
  • Korngold: Piano Trio in D major, Op. 1. Dicterow, Stepansky, Margalit. EMI 55401.
  • Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat. Lise de la Salle, Lisbon Gulbenkian, Foster. Naive 5053.
12 N
  • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe, Ballet, Suite No. 2. Vienna Phil, Maazel. BMG 68600.
  • Tartini: Violin Concerto in A, D. 91: 1st mvt. Elizabeth Blumenstock, Musica Pacifica. Dorian 90704.
  • Vine, Carl: Flute Sonata. Alexa Still, Stephen Gosling. Koch 7658.
  • O'Boyle, Sean / Barton, William: Concerto for Didgeridoo: 3rd mvt, "Water." William Barton, Queensland Orch, O'Boyle. ABC Classics 476 6288.
  • Torke, Michael: Javelin. Atlanta Sym, Levi. Argo 452 101.
1 PM
  • Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major. Metamorphosen Chamber Orch, Yoo. Archetype 60105.
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90. Garrick Ohlsson. Bridge 9249.
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Intermezzo. Orpheus Chamber Orch. DG 437 782.

Playlist for Monday, May 26

Special note of a new Americana release we're sampling, from Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: Honor: Portraits of America. Proceeds benefit a Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester, New York.

Memorial Day has such a split identity, doesn't it: it's a time to remember and reflect and even mourn, on the one hand, and on the other a traditional time for picnics and road trips and summertime fun. Hopefully this music, and your day as well, will sound both those solemn and festive tones. Wishing you well.

11 AM

  • Bagley: National Emblem March. Rochester Phil, Tyzik. RPO 2008.
  • Canning: Fantasy on a Hymn by Justin Morgan. Cincinnati Sym, Lopez-Cobos. Telarc 80503.
  • Schumann: Waldszenen (Forest Scenes). Andreas Haefliger. Sony 48036.
  • Tyzik: Pleasant Valley Suite.
12 N
  • Gottschalk: The Banjo. Cecile Licad. Naxos 8.559145.
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 59 in A major, "Fire." English Concert, Pinnock. Archiv 427 661.
  • Fantasy on American Themes. Rochester Phil, Tyzik. RPO 2008.
  • Price, Eric: Suite for Strings and Guitar: Finale. Oxana Gormostin, Kiev Phil, Winstin. ERM.
  • Bernstein: On the Town: Three Dance Episodes. New York Phil, Bernstein. Sony 47154.
  • Armed Forces Song Medley. Rochester Phil, Tyzik. RPO 2008.
1 PM
  • Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man. Canadian Brass. Opening Day 7347.
  • Tyzik: Bravo! Colorado. Rochester Phil, Tyzik. RPO 2008.
  • Fasch: Bassoon Sonata in C major. Epoca Barocca. CPO 777 204.
  • Tarrega: Variations on "The Carnival of Venice." Xuefei Yang. EMI 06322.
  • Sousa: The Stars and Strips Forever. Rochester Phil, Tyzik. RPO 2008.

Playlist for Friday, May 23

Eric Nauert hosts. (Alan Cooke's Friday requests show returns June 13.) Best Memorial Day Weekend wishes to you!

11 AM

  • Anonymous: Wondrous Love; Amazing Grace; Sometimes I Feel Like a Moanin' Dove. Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Shaw. Telarc 80531.
  • Bloch: Suite Modale for Flute and Piano. Wissinger, Klibonoff. Eroica 3031.
  • Tyzik: Pleasant Valley Suite. Rochester Phil, Jeff Tyzik. Rochester Phil 2008.
  • Williams: The Patriot: Theme. Mark O'Connor, Orch, Williams. Hollywood Records 62258.

12 N

  • Korngold: Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor. Verschoor. Etcetera 1042.
  • Herbert: Pieces for Cello and Strings. Lynn Harrell, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Marriner. London 417 672.
  • Corigliano: Gazebo Dances. North Texas Wind Sym, Corporon. Klavier 11083.

1 PM

  • Waxman: The Spirit of St Louis: excerpts. Orch, Waxman. Varèse 5212.
  • Guion: Nocturne in Blue. Rowley. Premier 1024.
  • Various (Meacham, Grey, Miller, Grey). Boston Pops, Lockhart. RCA 68598.

Playlist for Thursday, May 22

It's mostly new releases on today's Midday Music. From close to home comes "Poetry of the Piedmont" by Duke University composer Stephen Jaffe, played by the North Carolina Symphony. Further afield are Spanish and Chinese guitar pieces from the new CD by Chinese-born, London-based guitarist Xuefei Yang ("Shoo-fay Yong"). You might've heard her play on Performance Today; you can see her talk and play on YouTube.

11 AM

  • Schumann: Kreisleriana, fantasies for piano, Op. 16. Laurent Cabasso. Naive 1004.
  • Haydn: String Quartet in G major, Op. 1/4. Buchberger Quartet. Brilliant 93650.
12 N
  • Jaffe, Stephen: Poetry of the Piedmont. North Carolina Sym, Llewellyn. Bridge 9255.
  • Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in B-flat, RV 503. Michael McCraw, Musica Pacifica. Dorian 90704.
  • Wang Luobin: A La Mu Han. Xuefei Yang. EMI 06322.
  • Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat. Lise de la Salle, Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation Orch, Foster. Naive 5053.
  • Avison: Concerto in C minor, Op. 4/8. Avison Ensemble, Beznosiuk. Naxos 8.557905-06.
1 PM
  • Granados: Valses Poeticos. Xuefei Yang. EMI 06322.
  • Dukas: Villanelle for horn and orchestra. Hermann Baumann, Gewandhaus Orch, Masur. Philips 416 380.
  • Dohnanyi: Cello Sonata in B-flat, Op. 8. Marcy Rosen, Lydia Artymiw. Bridge 9264.

Playlist for Wednesday, May 21

11 AM

  • Anonymous/Various: Musiques de la Petite Bande. Le Concert des Nations, Kraemer, Savall. Alia Vox 9842.
  • Adelburg: By the Shores of the Bosphorus, Symphony-Fantasy. Prague Sym Orch, Araci. Brilliant 93613.
12 N
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. Angela Hewitt, Richard Tognetti, Alison Mitchell, Australian Chamber Orch. Hyperion 67307.
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Overture and Incidental Music. London Sym Orch, Wordsworth. Virgin 391372.
  • Morley: Four Dances. Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Delos 3132.
1 PM
  • Ravel: Blues (from Violin Sonata). Laurent Korcia, Michael Wendeberg. Naive 5066.
  • Mozart: Divertimento in D, K. 205. Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. Philips 422 504.
  • Bax: From Dusk Till Dawn. London Phil, Thomson. Chandos 10457.
  • Forsyth: Golyardes' Grounde. Canadian Brass. Opening Day 7347.

Playlist for Tuesday, May 20

Concerts this Memorial Day weekend:

  • The Augusta Choral Society presents a performance honoring our fallen heroes, with chorus and instrumentalists. Saturday, May 24, 7:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Cultural Center, Augusta. Details.
  • The Atlanta Symphony welcomes back guest conductor Nic McGegan for "An Evening of Musical Shakespeare," featuring the orchestra and vocal soloists, plus actors from Georgia Shakespeare, who perform excerpts from Shakespeare's plays between the musical selections. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m., Symphony Hall, Atlanta.
  • The LaGrange Symphony Swing Band, led by Patricio Cobos, presents "Songs That Won the War," a pops concert honoring World War II veterans and all the people of our armed forces. Saturday, May 24, 6:00, Callaway Auditorium, LaGrange College. Vets and those in active service are encouraged to wear uniforms. (706) 882-0662.
Speaking of fallen heroes, that's the theme of this week's Atlanta Symphony broadcast on GPB. Robert Spano conducts a thematic program combining Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls, an Elegy by John Corigliano and Beethoven's heroic "Eroica" Symphony. Please join me for The ASO on GPB, Thursday, May 22 at 8 p.m., repeating Sunday, May 27 at 10 p.m., over GPB Radio and

Today on Midday Music:

11 AM
  • Glazunov: Symphony No. 7 in F, "Pastoral." Royal Scottish National Orch, Serebrier. Warner 2564 63236.
  • Sammartini: Sonata in G major, Op. 13/2. Ensemble J. M. Anciuti. Brilliant 93365.
  • Duarte: Variations on a Catalan Folk Song. Antigoni Goni. Naxos 8.554554.
12 N
  • Byrd/Allen: Bells. Canadian Brass Ensemble. Opening Day 7347.
  • Debussy: En Bateau. James Galway, Christopher O'Riley. BMG RCA 68351.
  • Faure: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major. Shlomo Mintz, Yefim Bronfman. DG 423 065.
  • Berlioz: Beatrice and Benedict Overture. San Diego Sym, Talmi. Naxos 8.550999.
  • Warlock: Capriol Suite. Equale Brass. Nimbus 5004.
1 PM
  • Mozart: Flute Quartet No. 2 in G. Pahud, Poppen, Schlichtig, Queyras. EMI 56829.
  • Liszt: Tarantella, S. 162/3. Jorge Bolet. London 425 689.
  • Fasch: Overture Grosso (Suite) in D major. Tempesta di Mare. Chandos 0751.

Playlist for Monday, May 19

While the music plays and I eat my lunch, I often spend a few minutes catching up on news online. Last week those minutes found me in tears. Let's mark the one-week anniversary of the devastating earthquake in China's Sichuan Province with a Chinese piece about love, in life and after death: the "Butterfly Lovers" Violin Concerto by Gang Chen and Zhanhao Ha. Violinist Gil Shaham performs it in our noon hour. Leading into that we'll hear "Prayer Circle" from Terry Riley's recent piece for Chinese lute (pipa) and string quartet, The Cusp of Magic, with Wu Man and the Kronos Quartet. The rest of the noon hour is not Asian-related but it's mostly subdued in tone as well. (If you know of classical-compatible music with a Burmese connection, please tell me.)

Also on Midday Music: voiceless highlights from Wagner's opera Tristan and Isolde, Schumann's entire Fourth Symphony and music from Spain, France, England and Finland.

11 AM

  • Fasch: Concerto in B-flat. Tempesta di Mare. Chandos 0751.
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor. Cleveland Orch, Dohnanyi. London 421 643.
  • Klami: The Cobblers on the Hearth, Overture. Lahti Sym Orch, Vanska. BIS 676.
12 N
  • Albeniz: La Vega. Marc-Andre Hamelin. Hyperion 67476/7.
  • Portal: Minor Waltz. Korvia, Portal, Boussaguet. Naive 5066.
  • Riley: The Cusp of Magic: Prayer Circle. Kronos Quartet, Wu Man. Nonesuch 360508.
  • Chen/He: Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto. Gil Shaham, Singapore Sym, Shui. Canary 04.
1 PM
  • Urcullu: Capriccio on Tunes by Bellini and Donizetti. Eugenio Tobalina. Naxos 8.570715.
  • Parker/Grainger: Down Longford Way; Ferrabosco/Grainger: Four-Note Pavan. Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orch, Rundell. Chandos 10455.
  • Wagner/Stokowski: Tristan and Isolde, Symphonic Synthesis (Prelude to Act 1, Liebesnacht, Liebestod). Bournemouth Sym, Serebrier. Naxos 8.570293.

Playlist for Friday, May 16

Our regular Midday Music requests host Alan Cooke is taking a few Fridays off to enjoy his retired life to the fullest. Filling in for him is Eric Nauert from Savannah.

11 AM

  • Chopin: Etudes No. 6 in E-flat, Op. 10/6 and No. 22 in B minor, Op. 25/10. Andsnes. Virgin 7590722.
  • Debussy: Rhapsody for Saxophone and Orchestra. ORTF National Orch, Martinon, Loneix. EMI 72673.
  • Dupre: Symphony for Organ and Orchestra in G minor. Columbus Indiana Phil, Bowden, McKinley. Naxos 8.553922.
12 N
  • Debussy: Sonata for Cello & Piano. Kuijken, Kuijken. Arcana 303.
  • Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music. New York Phil, Bernstein, Addison, Tourel. Sony 61874.
  • Hovhaness: Prayer of Saint Gregory. I Fiamminghi, Werthen, Wiame. Telarc 80392.
  • Maxwell Davies: An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise. Boston Pops, Williams. Philips 420 946.
1 PM
  • Rodgers: On Your Toes: Slaughter on 10th Avenue. Boston Pops, Lockhart. RCA 63835
  • Sargon: Deep Ellum Nights, Three Sketches. Cohler, Gordon. Ongaku 101.
  • North: A Streetcar Named Desire, Ballet: Excerpts. New York Theatre Ensemble, Rosenstock. Premier 1017.
  • Bernstein: West Side Story: Something's Coming. Orch, Green, Bryant. Sony 89226

Playlist for Thursday, May 15

11 AM

  • Dvorak: Symphony No. 6 in D major. Czech Phil, Belohlavek. Brilliant 93635.
  • Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice. St. Petersburg Phil, Temirkanov. EMI 11272.
12 N
  • Bernstein/Penaforte: West Side Story, Suite for Violin and Piano. Chee-Yun, Akira Eguchi. Denon 75118.
  • Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat, K. 493. Bronfman, Zukerman, Marks, Forsyth. Sony BMG 88697 160442.
  • Fasch: Concerto in D major. Tempesta di Mare. Chandos 0751.
1 PM
  • Brahms: Scherzo (Sonatensatz) in C minor from the F.A.E. Sonata. Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lambert Orkis. DG 445 826.
  • Wagner/Stokowski: Die Walkure: Magic Fire Music. Bournemouth Sym, Serebrier. Naxos 8.570293.
  • Padovano: Mass for 24 Voices. Huelgas Ensemble, van Nevel. Harmonia Mundi 901727.
  • Nilovic: Suite Balkanique for trombones and percussion: Macedonian; Orient. Paris Trombone Ensemble, Nilovic. Crustal 223.

Playlist for Wednesday, May 14

With the semifinal numbers from the spring drive tallied up, lo and behold, we did reach our member goal on the last day! It's fantastic to know you're out there and you came through. Our strength is in numbers. Thank you, o lovers of GPB.

The average donation was a little bit lower than projected, however, so please don't let that last-minute stampede stop you from contributing a bit more. All memberships through this week will still count toward the grand total. Call 800-222-4788 or go to Gracias, danke, merci, grazie!

Today's Midday Music features pianist Yefim Bronfman in chamber music of Schubert and Reinecke. (If you think he only plays that well on disc, join us as Yefim Bronfman makes highly musical mincemeat of Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto in concert with the Atlanta Symphony; Robert Spano conducts Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, too, when The ASO on GPB next airs, May 15 at 8 p.m. and May 18 at 10 p.m.)

11 AM

  • Sammartini: Sonata in F major for two flutes and continuo. I Fiori Musicali. Brilliant 93365.
  • Rubinstein: Kammenoi-Ostrow. Zora Mihailovich. Centaur 2235.
  • Schubert: "Trout" Quintet in A major. Bronfman, Zukerman, Marks, Forsyth, Quarrington. Sony BMG 88697 160442.
12 N
  • Anonymous (14th c. Spain): Canzon "O virgo splendens," arr. recorders. Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet. Channel 19498.
  • Berwald: Festival of the Bayaderes. Royal Phil Orch, Bjorlin. EMI 65073.
  • Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor. Sarah Chang, London Sym, Colin Davis. EMI 57521.
  • Leoncavallo: Pagliacci: "Vesti la giubba" arr. orchestra. Kostelanetz and orchestra. Sony 47277.
1 PM
  • Borodin: Prince Igor, Overture. London Sym, Dorati. Mercury 434 373.
  • Haydn: String Quartet in B-flat, Op. 1/1. Buchberger Quartet. Brilliant 93650.
  • Reinecke: Flute Sonata, "Undine." Emmanuel Pahud, Yefim Bronfman. EMI 73708.

Playlist for Tuesday, May 13

11 AM

  • Handel: Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 6/10. Boston Baroque, Pearlman. Telarc 80688.
  • Bonis: Piano Quartet No. 2: Allegretto. Mozart Piano Quartet. MDG 643 1424.
  • Borodin: Symphony No. 1 in E-flat minor. Royal Stockholm Phil. Rozhdestvensky, Royal Stockholm Phil. Brilliant 93348.
12 N
  • Kabalevsky: Overture to Colas Breugnon. Minnesota Orch, Oue. Reference 92.
  • Debussy/Assad: Suite Bergamasque. Sergio and Odair Assad. Nonesuch 278140.
  • Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor. Elmar Oliveira, Asturias Sym, Valdes. Artek 0040.
  • Bertali: Sonata No. 2 from Book 1 of Prothimia Suavissima (1672). Chatham Baroque. Dorian 90706.
  • Dinicu: Hora Staccato. Sarah Chang. EMI 56161.
1 PM
  • Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor. Denis Matsuev, St. Petersburg Phil, Temirkanov. RCA 88697 002332.
  • Mozart: Piano Sonata in C major, K. 330. Mikhail Pletnev. DG 5832.
  • Kapsberger/Lislevand: Arpeggiata Addio. Rolf Lislevand, Arianna Savall. ECM 1922,

Playlists for May 2-12

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Midday Music playlists for May 2-12, follow, in reverse order. Throughout the drive I also sprinkled in excerpts from CDs available as thank-you gifts - Carnival of the Animals, The A to Z of Classical Music, Menus and Music. I omit those here. Please write if you've got questions about something you heard:

Monday, May 12 (the final push!)

  • Dvorak: Symphony No. 5: Mvt 3. Czech Phil, Belohlavek. Brilliant 93635.
  • Tower: Made in America. Nashville Sym, Slatkin. Naxos 8.559238.
  • Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2. Boston Baroque, Krueger, Pearlman.
  • Villa-Lobos/Assad: A Lenda do Caboclo. Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Telarc 80686.
  • Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableau in A minor; Prelude in G minor. Denis Matsuev. RCA 88697 155912.
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, "Choral": Finale, "Ode to Joy." Minnesota Orch and Chorale, soloists, Vanska. BIS 1616.
  • Ewazen: Concerto for Violin and Strings: Finale. Adele Anthony, International Sejong Soloists. Albany 577.
  • Goldberg: Sonata in B-flat for Two Violins and Continuo. Musica Alta Ripa.
  • Falla: Suite Populaire Espagnole. Yuli Turovsky, I Musici of Montreal. Analekta 9897.

Friday, May 9 (Sarah Zaslaw and Eric Nauert co-hosting)
  • Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Trumpets in C, RV 537. Touvron, Boisson, I Solisti Veneti, Scimone. Erato 88009.
  • Purcell: Fantasia No. 8 in D minor. Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet. L'Oiseau-Lyre 421 130.
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6. Boston Baroque, Pearlman. Telarc 80354.
  • Bach: Fantasy and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537. Los Angeles Phil, Salonen. Sony 89012.
  • Dvorak: Gypsy Songs: Songs my mother taught me, Op. 55/4. Itzhak Perlman, Samuel Sanders. EMI 56602.
  • Lauridsen: Les Chansons des Roses, etc. Los Angeles Master Chorale, Salamunovich, Lauridsen. RCM 19705.
  • Mahler: Adagietto. Smithsonian Chamber Players. Harmonia Mundi 68859.
  • Strauss: Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils. Minnesota Orch, Oue. Reference 71.
  • Piazzolla: Leonora's Song. Astor Piazzolla. Nonesuch 79515.
  • Piazzolla: L'Histoire du Tango. Hoeppner, Gauk. Marquis 177.
  • Hersch: Tango Bittersweet. Friedlander, Hersch. Catalyst 61979.

Thursday, May 8
  • Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus. Augusta Choral Society, Stokes.
  • Ravel: Tzigane. Sarah Chang, Berlin Phil, Domingo. EMI 575220.
  • Mancini, F.: Sonata No. 11. Rubato Appassionato. MA Recordings M075A.
  • Jarnefeldt: Praeludium. Minnesota Orch, Oue. Reference 92.
  • Chopin: Ballade No. 4. Ingrid Fliter. EMI 148992.
  • Sibelius: Finlandia. Philadelphia Orch, Ormandy.
  • Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor: Finale. Michiko Otaki, Pilsen Phil, Malat. TNC 1509.
  • Bach, J.C.: Amadis des Gaules, Overture. Hanover Band, Halstead. CPO 999 963.
  • Williams: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Hedwig's Theme. Cincinnati Pops, Kunzel. Telarc 80600.
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79. John O'Conor. Telarc 80293.
  • Balakirev: Symphonic Poem "In Bohemia." BBC Phil, Sinaisky. Chandos 9667.

Wednesday, May 7 (Brahms' and Tchaikovsky's birthdays)
  • Adelburg: On the Banks of the Bosphorus: Meditations and Reveries. Prague Sym, Araci. Brilliant 93613.
  • Koehne: Elevator Music. Sydney Sym, Yuasa. Naxos 8.555847.
  • Brahms: Academic Festival Overture. Berlin Phil, Abbado. DG 423 617.
  • Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante. Gabriela Diaz, Roberto Diaz, Columbus Sym, George Del Gobbo.
  • Tallis: Why fum'th in fight. Atlanta Sym Chamber Chorus, Mackenzie. Telarc 80676.
  • Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis. Atlanta Sym Orch, Spano. Telarc 80676.
  • Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave. Israel Phil Orch, Mehta. Teldec.

Tuesday, May 6 (Georgia connections)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3: Mvt 3. Columbus Sym Orch, George del Gobbo (in concert).
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3: Mvt 4. London Phil, Alsop. Naxos 8.557430.
  • Beethoven: Kreutzer Sonata: Mvt 1. Malgorzata Staszewska, Anna Ho (in recital).
  • Kreisler: Caprice Viennois; La Chasse. Robert McDuffie, Cincinnati Pops, Kunzel. Telarc 80402.
  • Bantock: Pagan Symphony: second half. Royal Phil, Handley. Hyperion 66630.
  • Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture. Boston Pops (plus cannons and bells), Lockhart. BMG RCA 09026 63516.
  • Prokofiev: Lt. Kije Suite: Troika. Cincinnati Sym, Jarvi. Telarc 80683.
  • Rossini: L'Italiana in Algieri, Overture. Augusta Sym Orch, Giuliani (in concert).
  • Hooker: Sinai Symphony: Mvts 1-3. LaGrange Sym Orch, Cobos (in concert).
  • Zohn: Variations on Three Appalachian Themes: On the Banks of That Lonely River. Andrew Zohn.

Monday, May 5 (Cinco de Mayo)
  • Moncayo: Huapango. State of Mexico Sym, Batiz. Brilliant 8771.
  • Bertali: Chaconne. Holloway, Assenbaum, Mortensen. ECM 1668.
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 31, "Paris." Freiburg Baroque Orch, von der Goltz. Harmonia Mundi 901897.
  • Ponce: Concierto del Sur: Finale. Alfonso Moreno, Mexico State Sym, Batiz. Brilliant 8771.
  • Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. Marc-Andre Hamelin. Hyperion 66874.
  • Smetana: The Bartered Bride: Three Dances. Janacek Phil, Kuchar. Brilliant 93634.
  • Dimas: Sones de Mariachi. Mexico City Phil, Batiz. Brilliant 8771.
  • Chavez: Chapultepec "Republican Overture." Royal Phil, Batiz. Brilliant 8771.
  • Handel: Harp Concerto in B-flat. Andrew-Lawrence King, Taverner Players, Parrott. Virgin 0946 391340.
  • Holst: The Planets: Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity. Berlin Phil, Rattle. EMI 69690.

Friday, May 2
  • Heinechen: Sonata a due in C minor for oboe, bassoon and continuo. Epoca Barocca. CPO 777 115.
  • Janacek: Sinfonietta. Berlin Phil, Abbado. DG 427 313.
  • Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals. Scottish National Orch, Gibson. EMI/Holt book.
  • Koehne: Powerhouse. Sydney Sym, Yuasa. Naxos 8.555847.
  • Mozart: Regina Coeli, K. 108. Carolyn Sampson, King's Consort, King. Hyperion 67560.

GPB Radio's Spring 2008 Fund Drive

We pause from aspects of our regularly scheduled programming to make sure we can keep paying for it. GPB's fund drive runs from Friday, May 2 through Monday the 12th. During this time, playlist posting will be spotty. (Note: Alan Cooke hosted Midday Music April 30 from WACG; playlist here. Eric Nauert hosted it May 1 from WSVH; list here.)

If you love GPB; if classical music brightens your day; if it helps you get to where you need to be, literally or figuratively - then do your part to support it. Listeners pay for the programs on public radio. Call us at 1-800-222-4788 during your favorite show, or join us at our secure website at any time of day, At you can also see suggested levels of membership and all accompanying thank you gifts. Untouched by inflation, basic membership in GPB remains $35. If you value GPB enough to contribute a little bit more, you can opt to receive a thank-you gift. Gifts start with the black matte GPB mug at $45 and include several new classical-themed gifts. Here are a few:

There's Beethoven's Wig: CD at the $65 level. "Zany lyrics set to the greatest hits of classical music provide a fun foundation for classical music that will last a lifetime." Filled with fact and fancy about notable composers and their compositions, it blends "highbrow and hijinks, lunacy and learning." This is the first disc from a Grammy-winning series.

The A to Z of Classical Music is two CDs and a 500-plus-page little book surveying composers and compositions through the centuries, in a tidy Naxos box, at the $75 level. The two-and-a-half hours' worth of selections on the CDs include highlights by Palestrina, Pachelbel, Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Dvorak, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Orff, Glass and many more, heavy on hits from the 18th and 19th centuries.

And my personal favorite:

Carnival of the Animals, a CD and hardcover picture book to introduce kids to the orchestra. Camille Saint-Saens' musical menagerie takes us from lions to swans. At the $90 level. By the way, our Classical Combo combines all three of the above - Beethoven's Wig, The A to Z of Classical Music, and Carnival of the Animals - at the $200 level. Also popular is a series of beautiful, glossy cookbooks of complete menus from noted institutions, paired with thematically appropriate CDs, the Menus and Music series. These are available at the $65 level individually (pick Museum Cafes with quartet music or The Opera in Manhattan with Met stars or A Table for Two with jazz). The Menus and Music Combo at $150 nets you all three sets.

But for many listeners, GPB's programming is gift enough. Please contribute at whatever level is comfortable for you. I thank you for supporting Midday Music - and all the programs you love on listener-funded GPB.