Why isn't the Piano Quartet by American composer Arthur Foote (1853-1937) better known? It's got great tunes, a gorgeous slow movement and a thrilling finale. In the first hour of Midday Music, we hear a performance by the Atlanta Chamber Players. Also oddly unfamous is Britain's Sir Charles Stanford (1854-1924), and possibly for similar reasons: both Foote and Stanford crafted lovely Romantic music past Romantic's prime. But a century on, our ears don't care if these guys were cutting edge or simply good. We'll hear Stanford's Sixth Symphony ("In honour of the life-work of a great artist: Goergia Frederick Watts") in the one o'clock hour on GPB.
- Mozart, L.: Sinfonia in A major. Toronto Chamber Orch, Mallon. Naxos 8.570499.
- Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending. Pinchas Zukerman, English Chamber Orch, Barenboim. DG 289 453 909.
- Foote: Piano Quartet in C major. Atlanta Chamber Players. ACA Digital 20082.
- Svendsen: Norwegian Rhapsody No. 2. Latvian National Sym, Mikkelsen. CPO 777 372.
- Regondi: Etude No. 10 in A major. David Starobin. Bridge 9272.
- Telemann: Oboe d'Amore Concerto in G major. Thomas Stacy, Toronto Chamber Orch, Mallon. Naxos 8.570735.
- Schumann: Waldszenen. Claudio Arrau. Philips 420 871.
- Stanford: Symphony No. 6, "In honour of the life-work of a great artist: George Frederick Watts." Bournemouth Sym, Lloyd-Jones. Naxos 8.570355.
- Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in B-flat, RV 408. Christophe Coin, Il Giardino Armonico, Antonini. Naive 30457.