Midday Music, Thursday 2/12/09

Quite a day, that February 12, 1809. It was exactly 200 years ago that both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born. I had no luck locating musical tie-ins for Darwin, though I did come across a short piano piece called Endangered Species. Maybe someone could dash off a "Genetic" Symphony or a Galapagos Rag? . . . As for Abraham Lincoln, Performance Today devoted this morning's show to him and his musical tastes and contemporaries and settings of his words, including Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait. If you missed that, for a few days you can still hear the hour at the PT website. On Midday Music we'll add This Sacred Ground, a setting of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address by American composer David Diamond.

Mostly this playlist connects to performers or rep to be heard in concert in Georgia over the next few days. Please see our list of classical concerts below for details. Pianist Roberto Plano in Augusta, the Macon Symphony in Macon, the Hilliard Ensemble at Spivey Hall, the Cobb Symphony in Kennesaw, a Broadway pops concert in Columbus and more!

(And please join host Eric Nauert for Friday's thematic Midday Music on GPB. Playlist here.)

11 AM

  • Liszt: Transcendental Etude No. 11, "Harmonies du Soir." Evgeny Kissin. Philips 456 871.
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major. Cincinnati Sym, Jarvi. Telarc 80585.
12 N
  • Gombert: Missa Media Vita: Kyrie & Gloria. Hilliard Ensemble. ECM 1884.
  • Bruch: Octet for violins, violas, cello & bass. Kodaly & Auer Quartets, Zsolt Fejervari. Naxos 8.557270.
  • Dvorak: Carnival, Concert Overture. New Jersey Sym, Macal. Delos 3314.
  • Tchaikovsky: Waltz from Eugene Onegin. State Sym Orch, Svetlanov. Melodiya 411-12.
1 PM
  • Telemann: Viola Concerto in G major. Florian Deutler, Musica Antiqua of Cologne. Archiv 289 463 074.
  • Mozart: Piano Sonata in B-flat, K. 333. Andreas Haefliger. Sony 46748.
  • Diamond: This Sacred Ground (setting Lincoln's Gettysburg Address). Seattle Sym & Chorale, Seattle Girls' Choir, Northwest Boychoir, Erich Parce, Schwarz. Delos 3141.