Playlist for Monday, August 18

John Powell was many things: a Virginian-born composer, an international concert pianist, a collector of Appalachian old-time tunes, an amateur astronomer who discovered a comet, and a racist who supported Virginia's Racial Integrity Law in 1924. (The American John Powell is not to be confused with the living British film composer by the same name.)

In the first hour of GPB's Midday Music we hear the mid-century symphony in which John Powell set folk tunes he'd collected during his years traipsing around rural Virginia listening to the locals. The Virginia Symphony performs Powell's Virginia Symphony.

11 AM

  • Powell: Virginia Symphony. Virginia Symphony, Falletta. Albany 589.
12 N
  • Kreisler: Syncopation. Gidon Kremer, Oleg Maisenberg. DG 289 453 440.
  • Dvorak: Romantic Pieces, Op. 75. Kremer, Maisenberg. DG 289 453 440.
  • Alfven: Swedish Rhapsody No. 2, "Dalarapsodi." Iceland Sym, Sakari. Chandos 9313.
  • Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag. Richard Dowling. Klavier 77035.
  • Liadov: The Enchanted Lake. Russian National Orch, Pletnev. DG 447 084.
1 PM
  • Faure: Ballade for piano and orchestra, Op. 19. Stephane Lamelin, CBC Vancouver Orch, Bernardi. SMCD 5178.
  • Bach: Aria Variata "in the Italian Style." Angela Hewitt. Hyperion 67499.
  • Kodaly: Summer Evening. Orpheus Chamber Orch. DG 447 109.