Playlist for Monday, August 11

Many thanks to Eric Nauert, Russell Wells and Alan Cooke for hosting Midday Music last week while I played hooky. After a quick end-of-summer family getaway to the coast, it's back to school and I'm happy to be back with you and the music.

A few loose Olympic tie-ins on Midday Music: We'll count Handel's Water Music as a tribute toward sports of the splashy variety. Janacek's Sinfonietta owes its genesis to a gymnastics festival, so that's a fair connection. And for the geographic angle, Chinese-born guitarist Xuefei Yang plays The Chinese Garden by Stephen Goss.

And please note the season finale of The ASO on GPB, coming up this Thursday and Sunday evening.

11 AM

  • Rachmaninoff: Vocalise. Mischa Maisky, Pavel Gililov. DG 5831.
  • Handel: Water Music, Suite No. 2 in D major. London Classical Players, Norrington. Virgin 391334.
  • Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E-flat, Op. 120/2. Jon Manasse, Jon Nakamatsu. Harmonia Mundi 907430.
  • Albeniz: Castilla. Xuefei Yang. EMI 06322.
12 N
  • Goss: The Chinese Garden. Xuefei Yang. EMI 06322.
  • Beethoven: "Emperor" Piano Concerto No. 5. Vladimir Ashkenazy, Chicago Sym, Solti. London 417 703.
  • Friml: Valse Silhouette. Stephanie Chase, Sara Davis Buechner. Koch 7662.
1 PM
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 88 in G major. Orch of the 18th Century, Bruggen. Philips 426 169.
  • Mendelssohn/Liszt: On Wings of Song. Bertrand Chamayou. Naive 5131.
  • Janacek: Sinfonietta. Czech State Phil, Serebrier. Reference 65.