Midday Music, Thursday 1/29/09

11 AM

  • Interview with Atlanta Symphony principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles about Strauss's Alpine Symphony
  • Strauss: An Alpine Symphony. Cleveland Orch, Ashkenazy. London 425 112.
12 N
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni, Overture. Lausanne Chamber Orch, Menuhin. Virgin 363284.
  • Thalberg: Don Giovanni Fantasy. Christoph Keller. Accord 149179.
  • Mozart/Triebensee: Don Giovanni, highlights for winds. Opera Senza. MDG 603 1464.
  • Borodin: Prince Igor, Overture. Russian National Orch, Pletnev. DG 439 892.
  • Schoenfield: Cafe Music. James Ehnes, Edward Arron, Andrew Russo. Black Box 1109.
1 PM
  • Dvorak: Symphony No. 6 in D major. Czech Phil, Belohlavek. Brilliant 93635.
  • Dvorak: Slavonic Dance in B major, Op. 72/1. Cleveland Orch, Dohnanyi. London 430 171.

Midday Music, Wednesday 1/28/09

11 AM

  • Bach: Oboe Concerto in E-flat after Keyboard Concerto No. 2, BWV 1053. John Abberger and ensemble. Analekta 9910.
  • Beethoven: "Kreutzer" Sonata (Sonata No. 9 in A major for piano and violin). Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer. DG 447 054.
12 N
  • Hannikainen: Harvest Dance. Finnish Radio Sym, Sakari. YLE 9703.
  • Spohr: Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-flat. Julian Bliss, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sillito. EMI 79786.
  • Piazzolla: Oblivion, arr. Scott for wind quintet. Imani Winds. Koch 7661.
  • Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor, RV 106. Musica Pacifica. Dorian 90704.
1 PM
  • Wagner: Parsifal: Good Friday Music. The Met Orch, Levine. DG 447 764.
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection": 1st mvt. London Sym, Gergiev. LSO 0666.
  • Webern: Im Sommerwind. Royal Concertgebouw, Chailly. London 400 324.

Classical Concerts, January 29-February 3, 2009

Please note: The Columbus Symphony's Family Concert originally scheduled for early February has been canceled.

January 29, 31, February 1

  • The Atlanta Symphony and conductor Donald Runnicles play Strauss's Alpine Symphony, and pianist Shai Wosner soloes in Mozart's "Jeunehomme" Piano Concerto (No. 9). Atlanta.
Friday, January 30
Saturday, January 31
  • Teatro Lirico d'Europa brings Verdi's Aida to RiverCenter, Columbus. Blockbuster opera set in ancient Egypt, sung in Italian with English subtitles and orchestral accompaniment.
  • The Georgia Philharmonic and saxophonist Ashu play Ibert and Piazzolla. Also on the program, Gounod and Dvorak. Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
Sunday, February 1
  • The Macon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents the Super Bowl of Hymn Festivals (hymns and hymn arrangements) in Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, Macon. Free. (487) 957-2295.
Tuesday, February 3
  • The LaGrange Symphony plays Beethoven's Eighth and Mozart's Don Giovanni Overture, and Staci Culbreth is soloist in Sphor's Clarinet Concerto No. 2. Callaway Auditorium, LaGrange College.

Midday Music, Tuesday 1/27/09

11 AM

  • Mozart birthday special: K is for Koechel: The Story Behind Those Mozart Numbers
12 N
  • Ibert: Concertino da Camera for alto saxophone and orchestra. Branford Marsalis, Orpheus Chamber Orch. Sony 89251.
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 32 in G major, K. 318. Prague Chamber Orch, Mackerras. Telarc 80203.
  • Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat. Daniel Hope, Chamber Orchestra of Europe. DG 477 6634.
1 PM
  • Verdi: Aida: Grand/Triumphal Scene for orchestra. Cincinnati Pops Orch, Kunzel. Telarc 80364.
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat, K. 271, "Jeunehomme." Christian Zacharias, Lausanne Chamber Orch. MDG 340 1298.
  • Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel. Anne Akiko Meyers, Akira Eguchi. Koch 7762.

Midday Music, Monday 1/26/09

Tomorrow in honor of Mozart's birthday and by popular request, GPB Radio will trot back out our special program K is for Koechel: The Story Behind Those Mozart Numbers, with me joined by my father, Mozart expert Neal Zaslaw. Join us Tuesday, January 27 at 11 a.m. for that hour-long show. Midday Music will pick up after the noon news.

Meanwhile, today we're hearing:

11 AM

  • Dinicu: Hora Staccato. James Ehnes, Eduard Laurel. Onyx 4038.
  • Telemann: Concerto in E major for flute, oboe d'amore and viola d'amore. New York Collegium, Ritchie, Hammer. Independent (New York Collegium).
  • Moszkowski: Guitarre. James Ehnes, Eduard Laurel. Onyx 4038.
  • Beethoven: "Harp" String Quartet in E-flat, Op. 74. Tokyo String Quartet. Harmonia Mundi 807460.
12 N
  • Pichl: Concertino in F con Pastorella. Collegium Musicum of Prague, Vajnar. Supraphon 72723.
  • Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58. Marc-Andre Hamelin. Hyperion 67706.
  • Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango: Cafe 1930. Gidon Kremer, Per Arne Glorvingen. Nonesuch 79407.
1 PM
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor. Van Cliburn, Moscow Phil, Kondrashin (1958 Tchaikovsky Competition finals). Testament 1440.
  • Kabalevsky: Rondo in A minor, Op. 59. Van Cliburn. Testament 1440.

Midday Music, Thursday 1/22/09

Shizuo Kuwahara is one of the four finalists for music director of the Augusta Symphony. He is in Augusta to conduct the orchestra in Prokofiev and Ravel on Saturday's concert, and he speaks with WACG's Mary Ellen Cheatham on GPB in the noon hour of Midday Music.

Other Georgia events this weekend:

  • Andre Watts soloes with the Atlanta Symphony in Brahms, tonight through Saturday.
  • The Macon Symphony pays tribute to Neil Diamond Saturday.
  • The Dublin Philharmonic brings Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky to Athens Sunday.
  • Tenor Lawrence Brownlee (opera star and Atlanta resident) makes his Spivey Hall debut.
  • The Atlanta Opera presents Philip Glass's opera Akhnaten, with a libretto partly by Emory University's Shalom Goldman, Friday and Sunday at Emory.
  • Off the classical path but still string-based, Les Yeux Noirs and Cedric Watson share a program, "Gypsy Jambalaya," at Atlanta's Rialto Center.
And now, today's Midday Music playlist.

11 AM
  • Liszt: Un Sospiro (A Sigh). Andre Watts. EMI 47381.
  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat. Nelson Freire, Gewandhaus Orch Leipzig, Chailly. Decca 6588.
12 N
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5: Andante (mvt 1). Chicago Sym, Levine. DG 439 912.
  • Mary Ellen Cheatham's interview with conductor Shizuo Kuwahara.
  • Ravel: Mother Goose, Ballet, suite for piano duo. Martha Argerich, Alexander Mogilevsky. EMI 18333.
  • Ravel: Tzigane, Rhapsody for violin and orchestra.
  • Orekhov: Troika Variations. Artyom Dervoed. Naxos 8.570443.
  • "Zam'hora pe opt," from Les Yeux Noirs' album Tchorba
1 PM
  • Bach: Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello. Jean-Guihen Queyras. Harmonia Mundi 901970.71.
  • Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor. Andre Watts, Atlanta Sym, Levi. Telarc 80386.

Midday Music, Wednesday 1/21/09

It's been almost a week! Midday Music for Friday the 16th was hosted by WSVH's Eric Nauert, as usual. Monday we brought you an hour-long King Day special hosted by Terrance McKnight of WNYC, formerly of GPB, plus a shortened Midday Music again from WSVH. Yesterday GPB Radio carried NPR's wall-to-wall inauguration coverage. And that brings us to today:

11 AM

  • Weber: Invitation to the Dance. Lara Downes. Postcards 77 2001.
  • Still: Danzas de Panama. Berlin Sym, Jackson. Koch 7154.
  • Sylvan: Sonata for Horn and Piano, Op. 7. Rebecca Dodson-Webster, Richard Seiler. Centaur 2600.
  • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe, Ballet, Suite No. 2. Royal Concertgebouw, Haitink. PentaTone 5186 167.
12 N
  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique. Cleveland Orch, Boulez. DG 453 432.
  • Tarrega: Lagrima. Timothy Walker. London 448 560.
1 PM
  • Granados: Danza Melancolia (Spanish Dance No. 10). David Russell. Telarc 80576.
  • Gilles: Lamentation for Wednesday Evening. Le Concert Spirituel, Gens et al., Niquet. Adda 581119.
  • Anonymous: Romance from Jeux Interdits (Forbidden Games). William Gomez. London 448 560.
  • Jongen: Elegy for four flutes, Op. 114/1. Los Angeles Flute Quartet. LAFQ 0605.
  • Shapiro: Bioplasm (2004). Los Angeles Flute Quartet. LAFQ 0605.
  • O'Connor: Caprice for Three. Mark O'Connor, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer. Sony 66782.

Midday Music, Thursday 1/15/09

11 AM

  • Veracini: Violin Sonata in E major, Op. 1/11. Enrico Casazza, La Magnifica Comunita. Brilliant 93809.
  • Bizet: Carmen: Prelude and Three Entr'actes. Les Musiciens du Louvre, Minkowski. Naive 5130.
  • Bernstein: Serenade for Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion after Plato's Symposium (1954). Robert McDuffie, Saint Louis Sym, Slatkin. EMI 06611.
12 N
  • Nielsen: Aladdin: Oriental Festival March. Danish National Sym, Rozhdestvensky. Chandos 10498 X.
  • Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69. Daniel Muller-Schott, Angela Hewitt. Hyperion 67633.
  • Nielsen: Aladdin: Aladdin's Dream; Dance of the Morning Mists. Danish National Sym, Rozhdestvensky. Chandos 10498 X.
  • Weill: Little Threepenny Music. Meadows Wind Ensemble, Ballarini, Platko, Delaney. Gasparo 357.
1 PM
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor. Royal Phil Orch, Gatti. Harmonia Mundi 907393.
  • Bertali: Sonata No. 2 from the collection Prothimia Suavissima (1672). Chatham Baroque. Dorian 90706.

Midday Music, Wednesday 1/14/09

11 AM

  • Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat. Alison Balsom, German Chamber Phil. EMI 16213.
  • Mendelssohn: Piano Sonata in G minor, Op. 105. Martin Jones. Nimbus 5070.
  • Bax: The Truth about the Russian Dancers: Part 1. London Phil, Thomson. Chandos 10457.
12 N
  • Gallay: Grand Quartet: Scherzo-Trio. NFB Horn Quartet. Crystal 241.
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major. Philharmonia Orch, Thielemann. DG 449 981.
  • Gallay: Grand Quartet: Finale. NFB Horn Quartet. Crystal 241.
  • Bridge: Valse Russe, from Miniatures, Set 2. Helen Callus, Philip Bush. ASV 1184.
1 PM
  • Bernstein: West Side Story: "Gee, Officer Krupke" for string quartet. Quartet San Francisco. ViolinJazz JCCD 105.
  • Bernstein: West Side Story, Symphonic Dances. New York Phil, Bernstein. Sony 63085.
  • Marquina: Espana Cani. Tinturin Duo. Cambria 1099.
  • Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Fantasia, Op. 145. Tinturin Duo. Cambria 1099.
  • Godowsky: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Die Fledermaus, after Johann Strauss, Jr. Marc-Andre Hamelin. Hyprion 67626.

Midday Music, Tuesday 1/13/09

11 AM

  • Handel: Recorder Sonata in C major, Op. 1/7. Frans Bruggen, Bob van Asperen, Anner Bylsma. Pro Arte 295.
  • Mozart: Serenade in D, "Haffner," K. 250: mvts 1-4, 8. Netherlands Chamber Orch, Nikolic. PentaTone 097.
  • Kernis: Too Hot Toccata (1996). Grant Park Orch, Kalmar. Cedille 105.
12 N
  • Holst: Mars, the Bringer of War, from The Planets. Berlin Phil, Rattle. EMI 69690.
  • Pujol: Elegy for the Death of a Tango Player. Victor Villadangos. Naxos 8.557658.
  • Scott: Two Passacaglias on Irish Themes. National Sym Orch of the SABC, Marchbank. Marco Polo 8.223485.
  • Arnold: Four Scottish Dances. Dallas Wind Sym, Junkin. Reference 66.
  • Gershwin: Second Rhapsody. Anne-Marie McDermott, Dallas Sym, Brown. Bridge 9252.
1 PM
  • Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat. Myron Bloom, Cleveland Orch, Szell. Sony 63123.
  • Brahms: Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87. Lanier Trio. Gasparo 327.

Midday Music, Monday 1/12/09

11 AM

  • Dvorak: Humoresque, Op. 101/7. Rachel Barton Pine, Matthew Hagle. Cedille 097.
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major. Perahia, Sillito, Martin, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Sony 87326.
  • Farrenc: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in E-flat, Op. 44. Engerer, Guyot, Salque. Naive 5033.
12 N
  • Saint-Saens: The Swan, from Carnival of the Animals. Elemer Lavotha, Kerstin Aberg. BIS 72.
  • Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 for piano, trumpet and strings. Denis Matsuev, St. Petersburg Phil, Temirkanov. RCA 88697 002332.
  • Vivaldi: Four Seasons: Winter. Joshua Bell, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Sony 88697 11013.
  • Waxman: Tristan and Isolde Fantasia (after Wagner). Chloe Hanslip, Charles Owen, Royal Phil, Slatkin. Naxos 8.559302.
  • Strauss: Morgen (Tomorrow), orchestral song. Gundula Janowitz, Academy of London, Stamp. Virgin 90794.
  • Whitacre: I thank You God for most this amazing day. Polyphony, Layton. Hyperion 67543.
1 PM
  • Williams: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Hedwig's Theme. Cincinnati Pops Orch, Kunzel. Telarc 80600.
  • Holst: The Planets: Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity. Berlin Phil, Rattle. EMi 69690.
  • Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat for violin and viola, K. 364. Julia Fischer, Gordan Nikolic, Netherlands Chamber Orch, Kreizberg. PentaTone 5186 098.
  • Kreisler: Liebesfreud (Love's Joy). Yossif Ivanov, Itamar Golan. Ambroisie 136.

Midday Music, Thursday 1/8/09

Concerts mentioned on air are listed below. Here's today's playlist.

11 AM

  • Dvorak/Powell: Songs My Mother Sang. Rachel Barton Pine, Matthew Hagle. Cedille 097.
  • Beethoven: "Archduke" Trio (Piano Trio in B-flat, Op. 97). Kempff, Szeryng, Fournier. DG 415 879.
  • Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile. Ying Quartet. Telarc 8065.
12 N
  • Faure: Pelleas and Melisande: Sicilienne. Gil Shaham, Akira Eguchi. Canary CC03.
  • Debussy: Six Ancient Epigraphs. Lee Luvisi, Anne-Marie McDermott. Delos 3167.
  • Bach: Little Fugue in G minor. Cincinnati Pops, Kunzel. Telarc 80401.
  • Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor. Murray Perahia, Berlin Phil, Abbado. Sony 64577.
1 PM
  • Dowland: music for lute. Nigel North. Naxos 8.557586.
  • Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Overture; Dido's Lament. Lynne Dawson, Orch of the Age of Enlightenment, Jacobs. Harmonia Mundi 901683.
  • Puccini: La Rondine: "Ch'il bel sogno di Doretta." Kiri te Kanawa, Lynn Opera Orch, Nagano. Warner 44282.
  • Dello Joio: Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano. Atlanta Chamber Players.
  • Bernstein: On the Town: Three Dance Episodes. New York Phil, Bernstein. Sony 60559.

Classical Concerts, January 8-11, 2009

Thursday-Saturday, January 8-10

Friday, January 9
Saturday, January 10
Sunday, January 11
  • The Atlanta Chamber Players offer Schubert, Beethoven and Brahms. Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta.
  • Pianist David Watkins performs at Vineville United Methodist Church, Macon. Information: (478) 745-3331.
  • W. David Lynch, organist at Meredith College and Christ Church Episcopal in Raleigh, gives a free organ recital. 3 p.m., Saint John United Methodist Church, Augusta.

Midday Music, Wednesday 1/7/09

11 AM

  • Dornel: Suitte en Trio in A minor. Musica Barocca. Naxos 8.570826.
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat. Chicago Sym, Levine. DG 439 912.
12 N
  • Rossini: William Tell Overture. Atlanta Sym, Levi. Telarc 80334.
  • Urcullu: Variations on a Theme from Rossini's William Tell. Eugenio Tobalina. Naxos 8.670715.
  • Brouwer: Aurolucent Circles. Evelyn Glennie, Royal Liverpool Phil, Schwarz. Naxos 8.559250.
  • Fung: Pizzicato for String Quartet. Ying Quartet. Telarc 80690.
1 PM
  • Faure: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major. Gil Shaham, Akira Eguchi. Canary CC03.
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 11 in F major, K. 413. Malcom Bilson, English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner. Archiv 410 905.

Midday Music, Monday 1/5/09

11 AM

  • Mozart: Violin Sonata in G major, K. 301. Gil Shaham, Orli Shaham. Canary CC01.
  • Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, string sextet in D minor. Ying Quartet, Dunham, Katz. Telarc 80685.
  • Hellmesberger: Danse Diabolique. Vienna Phil, Ozawa. Philips 289 468 999.
12 N
  • Grieg: Holberg Suite. Oslo Camerata, Barrat-Due. Naxos 8.557890.
  • Chopin: Nocturne in E-flat, Op. 9/2. Maria Joao Pires. DG 447 096.
  • Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052. Angela Hewitt, Australian Chamber Orch, Tognetti. Hyperion 67307.
  • Stravinsky: Four Etudes. Jon Nakamatsu. Harmonia Mundi 907218.
1 PM
  • Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60. Capucon, Capucon, Causse, Angelich. Virgin 519310.
  • Anonymous/Various: Musiques de l'enfance du Dauphin. Le Concert des Nation, Savall. Alia Vox 9824.

Midday Music, Thursday 1/1/09

Happy New Year! From 11:00 to 1:00 GPB aired New Year's from Vienna. Here's the playlist for the truncated but energetic Midday Music that followed.

1 PM

  • Gliere: Bronze Horseman: Dancing Scene. BBC Phil, Downes. Chandos 9379.
  • Chopin: Fantasy-Impromptu in C-sharp minor. Gabriela Montero. EMI 58039.
  • Mozart: Cosi fan tutte, Overture. Lausanne Chamber Orch, Menuhin. Virgin 363284.
  • Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47. Argerich, Capucon, Chen, Capucon. EMI 89241.