Midday Music, Thursday 5/28/09

11 AM

  • Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Ballet, Suite No. 3 (1944). Cologne Radio Sym, Skrowazcewski. Denon 78840.
  • Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat, Op. 12. Juilliard String Quartet. Sony 60579.
  • Telemann: Viola Concerto in G major. Florian Deutler, Musica Antiqua Cologne, Goebbel. Archiv 463 074.
12 N
  • Copland: Rodeo, Ballet, Four Dance Episodes. New York Phil, Bernstein. Sony 63082.
  • Rubinstein: Piano Sonata No. 2 in C minor. Leslie Howard. Hyperion 22007.
  • Khatchaturian: Gayaneh, Suite. Boston Pops Orch, Williams. Philips 426 247.
1 PM
  • Vivaldi: Four Seasons: Spring. Joshua Bell, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Sony 11013.
  • Schumann: "Spring" Symphony (Symphony No. 1 in B-flat). Royal Concertgebouw Orch, Chailly. London 425 608.
  • Piazzolla: Primavera Portena (a.k.a. Spring in Buenos Aires). Ahn Trio et al. EMI 57022.

Midday Music, Wednesday 5/27/09

11 AM

  • Bax: November Woods. BBC Phil, Handley. Chandos 10362. - Stormy nature as a metaphor for indecision between domestic responsibilities and romantic passion.
  • Schumann: Novelette, Op. 21/8. Vladimir Ashkenazy. London 425 940. - Contains the descending motto that always means his true love, Clara.
  • Gade: String Quartet in D, Op. 63. Kontra Quartet. BIS 516. - If music sounds like Mendelssohn but isn't Mendelssohn, it's most likely Gade.
12 N
  • Ginastera: Estancia, ballet: Malambo. Boston Pops Orch, Lockhart. RCA 09026-63717. - An energetic, macho dance for Argentine gauchos.
  • Rudnev: The Old Lime Tree. Artyom Dervoed. Naxos 8.570447. - An arrangement of an old Russian folk song.
  • Rachmaninoff: Vocalise, arr. saxophone and orchestra. Greg Banaszak, Polish National Chamber Orch, Jarmolowicz. Centaur 2400. - Originally for a vocalizing, um, vocalist, this tune is performed more often in various instrumental arrangements.
  • Bach: English Suite No. 3 in G minor. Maria Joao Pires. DG 447 894. - Pure music.
  • Berlioz: The Corsaire, Overture. Montreal Sym, Dutoit. London 421 193. - Pirate music!
1 PM
  • Glazunov: Wedding March. Bavarian Radio Sym, Jarvi. Orfeo 093 201. - Why isn't this better known? So stately and joyful.
  • Beethoven: "Emperor" Piano Concerto (No. 5 in E-flat). Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Chamber Orch of Europe, Harnoncourt. Teldec 0927 47334. - Beethoven didn't give the piece that nickname but it has stuck for a reason.

Midday Music, Tuesday 5/26/09

11 AM

  • Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Serenade in G major, K. 525. English Concert, Manze. Harmonia Mundi 907280.
  • Schumann: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor. Nicholas Angelich, Renaud Capucon, Gautier Capucon. EMI 89241.
12 N
  • Morricone: The Mission: Gabriel's Oboe/The Falls. Yo-Yo Ma, Roma Sinfonietta, Morricone. Sony 93456.
  • Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4. Nashville Sym Orch, Schermerhorn. Naxos 8.557460-62.
  • Gliere: Horn Concerto, Op. 91. Richard Watkins, BBC Philharmonic, Downes. Chandos 9379.
  • Lawes: Duo for Guitar and Harp. Maxine Eilander, Stephen Stubbs. Atma 2372.
1 PM
  • Chopin: Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat, Op. 51. Yundi Li. DG 3887.
  • Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11. Sa Chen, Gulbenkian Orch, Foster. PentaTone 341.
  • Chopin: Waltz, Op. 64/1. "Minute Waltz." Ingrid Fliter. EMI 148992.

Midday Music, Monday 5/25/09

Memorial Day

11 AM

  • Beethoven: "Eroica" Symphony (No. 3 in E-flat). Helsingborg Sym, Manze. Harmonia Mundi 807470.
  • Bantock: Heroic Ballads: Kishmul's Galley. Royal Phil, Handley. Hyperion 66630.
12 N
  • Williams: Saving Private Ryan: Hymn to the Fallen, arr. band. Black Dyke Band, Childs. Naxos 8.570726.
  • Bizet: The Pearl Fishers: Au fond du temple saint, arr. euphoniums and band. David Thornton & John French, Black Dyke Band, Childs. Naxos 8.570726.
  • Bermel: Dust Dances (1994). Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Rose. BMOP 1008.
  • Bolcom: The Garden of Eden: The Serpent's Kiss (Ragtime); Through Eden's Gates (Cakewalk). Elizabeth & Marcel Bergmann. Naxos 8.559244.
  • Barber: Adagio for Strings. Royal Scottish National Orch, Alsop. Naxos 8.559147.
  • Sowash: Fantasia on "Shenandoah." John Pell, Shelburne String Quartet. Gasparo 236.
1 PM
  • Arlen: Over the Rainbow. Anne Akiko Meyers, Akira Eguchi. Koch 7762.
  • Albinoni/Giazzotto: Adagio, arr. guitar & orchestra. Sharon Isbin, Zurich Chamber Orch, Griffiths. Warner 0927 45312.
  • Montero: Improvisation on Albinoni's Adagio. Gabriela Montero. EMI 50999 5 00234.
  • Gould: West Point Symphony (Symphony No. 4) for band. Cincinnati College Conservatory Wind Sym, Corporon. Klavier 11042.
  • O'Regan: Triptych: As We Remember Them. Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices. Harmonia Mundi 807490.

Midday Music, Wednesday 5/20/09

11 AM

  • Rodrigo: Concierto en Modo Galante for cello and orchestra. Robert Cohen, London Sym, Batiz. EMI 37681.
  • Alkan: Concerto for Solo Piano: Allegretto alla barbaresca. Marc-Andre Hamelin. Hyperion 67569.
  • Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks. Orpheus Chamber Orch. DG 435 390.
12 N
  • Glass: Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists. Jonathan Hass, Gary Cook, University of Arizona Wind Ensemble, Hanson. Albany 1108.
  • Goss: The Chinese Garden. Xuefei Yang. EMI 06322.
  • Maw: Violin Concerto: mvts 3-4. Joshua Bell, London Phil, Norrington. Sony 62856.
1 PM
  • Various 17th century French (Gallot, Gaultier, Mounton): Assorted pieces for lute. Rolf Lislevand. Naive 8880.
  • Mouquet: Pan et les Oiseaux. Marc Grauwels, Belgian Radio & Television Sym, Vandernoot. Naxos 8.555977.
  • Beethoven: "Waldstein" Sonata (Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53). Maurizio Pollini. DG 289 435 472.

Midday Music, Tuesday 5/19/09

11 AM

  • Brahms: String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36. Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. Chandos 9151.
  • Mossi: Concerto in G minor, Op. 4/12. Musica Antiqua Cologne, Goebel. Archiv 435 393.
12 N
  • Scott/Cohen: Peter Tambourine. Quartet San Francisco. ViolinJazz JCCD 105.
  • Liszt/Renie: Liebestraum No. 3. Elizabeth Haines. Naxos 8.555791.
  • Britten: Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes. BBC Sym Orch, Davies. Teldec 73126.
  • Mozart: Piano Sonata in A major, K. 331 (ending in the Rondo alla Turca). Daniel Barenboim. EMI 47336.
  • Corea/Cohen: Spain. Quartet San Francisco. ViolinJazz JCCD 105.
  • Posse: Etude No. 2 for harp. Elizabeth Haines. Naxos 8.555791.
1 PM
  • Veracini: Ouverture No. 6 in B major. Musica Antiqua Cologne, Goebel. Archiv 439 937.
  • Elgar: "Enigma" Variations. London Sym, Davis. LSO 0109.
  • Menken/Cohen: Under the Sea. Quartet San Francisco. ViolinJazz JCCD 105.

Midday Music, Monday 5/18/09

11 AM

  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14/2. Murray Perahia. Sony 326462.
  • Serra: Two Symphonic Sketches. El Valles Sym, Brotons. Naxos 8.555871.
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491. Evgeny Kissin, London Sym, Davis. EMI 82879.
12 N
  • Ferrabosco: Two madrigals (Dolci ire; Bruna sei tu, ma bella). Huelgas Ensemble, van Nevel. Harmonia Mundi 901874.
  • Humperdinck: K√∂nigskinder (The Royal Children): Overture and Introductions to Acts 2-3. Bamberg Sym, Rickenbacher. Virgin 61128.
  • Arutiunian: Rhapsody for Trumpet and Winds. Moffat Williams, Columbus State Univ Wind Ensemble, Rumbelow. Summit 442.
  • Bartok: Hungarian Folk Songs (1927). Peter Csaba, Peter Frankl. Praga Digitals 250 190.
  • Traditional/Prutsman: Wa Habibi; Tanburi Cemil Bey/Prutsman: Nihavent Sirto. Kronos Quartet. Nonesuch 518349 (Floodplain, release date May 19, pictured here).
1 PM
  • Tormis: Overture No. 2 (1959). Cincinnati Sym, Jarvi. Telarc 80702.
  • Saint-Saens: Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 14, version for sextet with bass. William Ransom, Coimpi Quartet, Lucas Drew (Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival). WCD (Wirl) 510.
  • Shildebaev/Kronos: Kara Kemir. Kronos Quartet. Nonesuch 518349 (Floodplain).

Midday Music, Wednesday 5/13/09












11 AM

  • Mozart: Requiem, K. 626, rev./compl. Robert D. Levin. Atlanta Sym Orch & Chamber Chorus, Brewer, Donose, Tessier, Owens, Runnicles. Telarc 80636 (pictured above).
  • Rossini: The Barber of Seville, Overture. Denver Brass. Centaur 2261.
12 N
  • Vivaldi: Concerto in G major for Two Violins, RV 516. Monica Huggett & Elizabeth Wallfisch, Raglan Baroque Players, Kraemer. Virgin 90803.
  • Mouton: Depart/Double in F-sharp minor. Rolf Lislevand. Naive 8880.
  • Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Budapest Festival Orch, Fischer. Channel 21704.
  • Locke: The Tempest, Incidental Music. Il Giardino Armonico, Antonini. Teldec 39841464.
1 PM
  • Piazzolla: Bordel 1900, from Histoire du Tango. Kari Kriikuu, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Soderblom. Ondine 1140 (Bizarre Bazaar, pictured above).
  • Wagner: Siegfried Idyll. Northern Sinfonia, Hickox. Chandos 9354.
  • Schubert: "Unfinished" Symphony (No. 8 in B minor). Scottish Chamber Orch, Mackerras. Telarc 80502.

Classical Concerts, May 14-19, 2009

The 2008-2009 concert season is starting to wind down for summer, but Georgia's not done yet.

May 14 & 16-17

  • Mozart's Requiem. Robert Spano leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Also on the program, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms. Symphony Hall, Atlanta, 8 p.m.
May 15-16
  • Please note that the Augusta Opera's production of The Barber of Seville originally slated for May has been canceled for budgetary reasons.
Saturday, May 16
  • Chuck Quinn conducts the Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra in an all-Slavic program: Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, Smetana's Moldau and a much rarer piece, Kalinnikov's Symphony No. 1. Hawkinsville Opera House, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 17
  • The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra welcomes renowned violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch to lead music from English Baroque masters (Handel, Purcell, Locke, Avison). Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Atlanta, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, May 19

Midday Music, Tuesday 5/12/09

Thanks to my colleagues at GPB station WSVH Savannah for programming and hosting Monday's show while I was away (WSVH's May playlists are here). Glad to be back! -Sarah

11 AM

  • Brahms: Hungarian Dances Nos. 1-5. Kantorski-Pope Duo. Whaling City Sound 045.
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat, K. 482. Jonathan Biss, Orpheus Chamber Orch. EMI 17270.
  • Jacob Clemens Non Papa: Ego flos campi. Stile Antico. Harmonia Mundi 907489.
12 N
  • Draskoczy/Hjelt: Dances from Korond. Kari Kriikku, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Soderblum. Ondine 1140 (This is a fun new recording called Bizarre Bazaar).
  • Purcell: Pavan in B-flat for two violins and continuo. Purcell Quartet. Cahndos 0572/3.
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Overture and Incidental Music. Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Mackerras. Virgin 61183.
  • Kalinnikov/Koehler: Chanson Triste. Moscow Sym, Stratton. Dorian 80144.
1 PM
  • Stravinsky: Scherzo a la Russe. Russian National Orch, Pletnev. DG 453 434.
  • Bach: Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-flat, BWV 998. Jason Vieaux. Azica 71250.
  • Beethoven: Piano Trio in G major, Op. 1/2. Florestan Trio. Hyperion 67393.

Classical Concerts, May 7-10, 2009

Thursday-Saturday, May 7-9

  • Pianist Louis Lortie joins the Atlanta Symphony for Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto. Robert Spano also conducts Liszt and Debussy. Atlanta Symphony Hall.
Friday, May 8
  • "Ravishing" mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena is in recital at Spivey Hall, Clayton State, Morrow, with music by Schumann, DuParc, Berg and Purcell/Britten.
Saturday, May 9
  • Pianist Terrence Wilson appears with the Columbus Symphony in Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2, and George Del Gobbo leads the orchestra in Wagner and Tchaikovsky. RiverCenter, Columbus.
  • Star 20-something German violinist Julia Fischer fills her first recital at Spivey Hall, Clayton State, Morrow, with sonatas by Mozart, Prokofiev, Beethoven and Martinu.
  • In Donald Portnoy's last appearance as music director, he leads the Augusta Symphony in its fifth annual Pops! Under the Stars concert. University Health Care System, Evans campus. Free.
Sunday, May 10

Midday Music, Thursday 5/7/09

11 AM

  • Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K. 219. Julia Fischer, Netherlands Chamber Orch, Kreizberg. PentaTone 094.
  • Schumann: Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood). Vladimir Horowitz. CBS 42534.
  • Three Renaissance lute pieces (Boquet: Chaconne; Gallot: Dialogue; Dubut: Sarabande). Rolf Lislevand. Naive 8880.
12 N
  • Nazareth: Vem Ca, Banquinha. Joel Fan. Reference 119.
  • Schoenfield: Cafe Music. Trio Solisti (Maria Bachmann et al.). Bridge 9296.
  • Bizet/Serebrier: Carmen Symphony for wind symphony. "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, Serebrier. Naxos 8.570727.
1 PM
  • Gallot: Les Castanettes. Rolf Lislevand. Naive 8880.
  • Mozart: String Quartet No. 23 in F major, K. 590. Alban Berg Quartet.
  • Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor. Andras Schiff, Bavarian Radio Sym, Dutoit. London 414 672.

Midday Music, Wednesday 5/6/09

11 AM

  • Mozart: Rondo in C major, K. 373. Julia Fischer, Netherlands Chamber Orch, Kreizberg. PentaTone 098.
  • Nielsen: Symphony No. 1 in G minor (but ending in C major). Swedish Radio Sym, Salonen. CBS 42321.
  • Stanford: Fantasy No. 2 in F major for clarinet and string quartet. Thea King, Britten String Quartet. Hyperion 66478.
12 N
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major. Christian Zacharias, Staatskapelle Dresden, Vonk. EMI 63937.
  • Castello: Sonata 21. Maurice Steger & ensemble. Harmonia Mundi 902024.
  • Turina: Piano Trio No. 2 in B minor. Trio Solisti. Bridge 9296.
1 PM
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor. Berlin Phil, Ozawa. DG Eloquence 289 469 611.

Midday Music, Tuesday 5/5/09

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And now, back to our regularly scheduled amount of music!

11 AM

  • Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in D major, BWV 1054. Angela Hewitt, Australian Chamber Orch, Tognetti. Hyperion 67308.
  • Schubert: Piano Sonata in D major, Op. 53, D. 850. Seymour Lipkin. Newport 60176/2.
  • Smith, Rob: Sprint (2006). University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, Wilkins. Albany 1076.
12 N
  • Deane: Vespertine Formations (2004). University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, Wilkins. Albany 1076.
  • Revueltas: Mexican Dance. U.S. Marine Band, Serebrier. Naxos 8.570727.
  • Svendsen: Symphony No. 1. Latvian National Sym, Mikkelsen. CPO 777 372.
  • Schoenfield: Achat Sha'alti. Linda Chatterton, John Jensen. LC 8032.
1 PM
  • Massenet: Meditation from Thais. Josef Suk, Katerina Englichova. Discover 920318.
  • Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor. Christian Tetzlaff, Czech Phil, Pesek. Virgin 391346.
  • Bach: Lute (Guitar) Suite in E minor. Jason Vieaux. Azica 71250.