Itzhak Perlman on Midday Music

Today on Midday Music: Itzhak Perlman in conversation with host Sarah Zaslaw. The violin virtuoso talks about answering fan questions on Facebook and recalls his appearances on Sesame Street, and we hear a new rerelease of him playing the Brahms Violin Concerto. That's just after the one o'clock news on GPB radio and gpb.org.

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Tuesday, September 14

11 AM

  • Glinka: Russlan and Ludmilla, Overture. Baltimore Sym, Zinman. Telarc 80378.
  • Handel: Sonata in B minor, Op. 2/1. Academy of Ancient Music, Egarr. Harmonia Mundi 907467.68.
  • Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81. Frank Braley, Ensemble Explorations. Harmonia Mundi 901880.
12 N
  • Ravel: String Quartet in F major. Arcanto Quartett. Harmonia Mundi 902067.
  • Bach: Flute Sonata in E minor, BWV 1034, for flute and guitar. Marina Piccinini, Joao Luiz. Avie 2196.
  • Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1. Cincinnati Pops, Kunzel. Telarc 80703.
1 PM
  • Marini: Passacaglio a 4. Monica Huggett, Irish Baroque Orch. Avie AV 2202.
  • Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Ballet, Suite No. 1. Oslo Phil, Jansons. EMI 49289.
  • Saint-Saens: Plainte (Lament) for oboe and piano. Bart Schneemann, Paolo Giacometti. Brilliant 93688.
  • Brahms: Nanie (Song of Lamentation). San Francisco Sym & Chorus, Blomstedt. London 430 281.

Monday, September 13

11 AM

  • Debussy: En Blanc et Noir. Ursula Oppens, Jerome Lownthal. Cedille 90000 119.
  • Janacek: Sinfonietta. Czech State Phil, Serebrier. Reference 65.
  • Boismortier: Sonata in D major, Op. 50/3, arr. double bass. Jeremy Kurtz, Benjamin Kamins, Alison Luedecke. JK-001.
12 N
  • Schubert: Impromptu in G-flat, Op. 90/3. Vassily Primakov. Bridge 9327.
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201. English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner. Philips 412 736.
  • Susato/Dunnigan: The Danserye, selections for winds. University of Texas Wind Ens, Junkin. Reference 104.
  • Janacek: Lachian Dances: Celadensky. Czech State Phil, Serebrier. Reference 65.
1 PM
  • Rivera, C.R.: Raven Dance (Serbian song). Cavatina Duo. Cedille 90000 117.
  • Dvorak: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat, Op. 51. Alban Berg Quartet. EMI 57013.
  • Puts, K.: And Legions Will Rise (2001). Mark Rush, Norman Weinberg, Jerry Kirkbride.
  • Gaquere, B.: Kopanitsa da Kalantchatska (Bulgarian dance). Cavatina Duo. Cedille 90000 117.

Wednesday, September 8

Two of the great monotheisms that originated in the Middle East celebrate major holidays within the next day: Islam (Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan) and Judaism (Rosh Hashanah, celebrating the new year).

At noon on GPB it's an hour of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean connections and sounds and cross-pollinations, from Spain to Persia. Especially listen for music from Maya Beiser's new CD, Provenance, which takes its inspiration from the harmony Muslims, Jews and Christians shared in medieval Spain during the Golden Age.

11 AM
  • Strauss: Capriccio: Moonlight Serenade. Atlanta Sym, Runnicles. Telarc 31755.
  • Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94b. Shlomo Mintz, Yefim Bronfman. DG 423 575.
  • Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat, Op. 20/1. Daedalus Quartet. Bridge 9326A/B.
  • Holborne: Elizabethan Dance Suite. Empire Brass. Telarc 80257.
12 N
  • Traditional Sephardic Jewish: Adon Haselichot. Brad Davidorf, members of Atlanta's Congregation Bet Haverim. The Threshing Floor, congregationbethaverim.org/music.
  • Kalhor, K.: I Was There. Maya Beiser, Bassam Saba, Shane Shanahan, Jamey Haddad. Provenance, Innova 778.
  • Danielpour: In the Arms of the Beloved, double concerto for violin and cello (2001), inspired by the Persian love poetry of Rumi. Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Iris Chamber Orch, Stern. Arabesque 6767.
  • Assad, S.: Tahhiyya li Oussoulina. Sergio & Odair Assad, guitars. Nonesuch 278140.
1 PM
  • Franck: Violin Sonata in A major. Sergey Khachatryan, Lusine Khachatryan. Naive 5122.
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner. SDG 707.
  • Traditional Jewish from Iraq by way of India, arr. Robertson: Hon Tahon. Gayanne Geurin Weiss, members of Atlanta's Congregation Bet Haverim. The Threshing Floor, congregationbethaverim.org/music.

Tuesday, September 7

11 AM

  • Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro, Overture. Lausanne Chamber Orch, Menuhin. Virgin 363284.
  • Handel: Water Music, Suite No. 1 in F major. Boston Baroque, Pearlman. Telarc 80594.
  • Bolcom: Recuerdos. Elizabeth & Marcel Bergmann. Naxos 8.559244.
12 N
  • Smetana: The Moldau. Cleveland Orch, Szell. Sony 47283.
  • Raickovich, M.: Sonata for Piano (1989). Tatjana Rankovich. Albany 1191.
  • Enescu/Grigoriu: Impressions from Childhood, Suite, Op. 28. Sherban Lupu, Sinfonia da Camera, Hobson. Albany 1100.
  • Tansman: Suite for bassoon and piano (1960). Dag Jensen, Midori Kitagawa.
1 PM
  • Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major. Metamorphosen Chamber Orch, Yoo. Archetype 60105.
  • Graupner: Marche from Partita in G major. Genevieve Soly. Analekta 9121.
  • Gillingham, D.: Summer of 2008 for euphonium and wind ensemble (2008). Jason Ham, Illinois State Univ Wind Sym, Steele. Albany 1203.

Monday, September 6

Happy Labor Day!


11 AM
  • Tyson, B.: A Ceiling Full of Stars. TCU Percussion Ensemble, West. Albany 1159.
  • Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Preludes & Fugues Nos. 1-3. Maurizio Pollini. DG B0013637,
  • Barber: Violin Concerto. Vadim Gluzman, Sao Paulo Sym, Nschling. BIS 1662.
  • Guastavino: La Siesta. Rosa Antonelli. Albany 1140.
12 N
  • Anon. (Italy, 1528): Tambur, Tambur. Doulce Memoire, Dadre. Naive 8898.
  • Scriabin/Piatigorsky: Etude, Op. 8/11. Wendy Warner, Irina Nuzova. Cedille 90000 120.
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2. London Phil, Alsop. Naxos 8.557429.
1 PM
  • Joel, B.: Root Beer Rag. Jeff Senley, O-zone Percussion Group. Klavier 11115.
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 5. Orch of the Age of Enlightenment, Mackerras. Virgin 628605.
  • Dorman, A.: Mandolin Concerto (2006). Avi Avital, Metropolis Ensemble, Cyr. Naxos 8.559620.

Wednesday, September 1

Russell Wells of WSVH is hosting.

Tuesday, August 31

11 AM

  • Rameau: Les Fetes d'Hebe, Suite. Aulos Ensemble. Centaur 2970.
  • Rachmaninoff: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19. Wendy Warner, Irina Nuzova. Cedille 90000 120.
12 N
  • Tchaikovsky: The Slippers: Cossack Dances. National Sym Orch of Ukraine, Kuchar. Naxos 8.554844.
  • Medtner: Tales (Skazki) Op. 26. Hamish Milne. Hyperion 67491/2.
  • Mozart: String Quintet No. 2 in C major, K. 515. Orion String Quartet, Paul Neubauer. Music@Menlo 2006 #3.
  • Glinka: A Life for the Tsar: Krakoviak. National Sym Orch of Ukraine, Kuchar. Naxos 8.554844.
1 PM
  • Medtner: Tales (Skazki) Op. 20/1. Hamish Milne. Hyperion 67491/2.
  • Medtner: Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 60. Michael Ponti,Orch of Radio Luxembourg, Cao. Vox 5068.

Monday, August 30

11 AM

  • Elgar: Salut d'amour, arr. cellos. Shauna Rolston, cello ensemble, Wilson. CBC MVCD 1175.
  • Strauss: Oboe Concerto in D major. Lajos Lencses, Stuttgart Radio Sym, Marriner. Hanssler 93.026.
  • Dohnanyi: Cello Sonata in B-flat, Op. 8. Marcy Rosen, Lydia Artymiw. Bridge 9264.
12 N
  • Monti: Csardas, arr. violins. Maxim Vengerov, Vag Papian, Virtuosi. EMI 57164.
  • Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 50 in D major. Alain Planes. Harmonia Mundi 901763.
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat. BBC Philharmonic, Noseda. BBC Magazine Vol. 12/9.
1 PM
  • Glinka: Kamarinskaya. Detroit Sym, Jarvi. Chandos 9227.
  • Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor. Ingrid Fliter. EMI 148992.
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2, "Little Russian." Bournemouth Sym, Litton. Virgin 91119.

Wednesday, August 25

Thanks to Russell Wells for hosting yesterday's show from GPB's Savannah station, WSVH. His playlist is here under August 24. On to today.


11 AM
  • Fuchs: Trio for Violin, Viola and Piano, Op. 115. Fritz Gearhart, Jonathan Bagg, Jane Hawkins. Centaur 2278.
  • Debussy: Preludes, Book 1/5: The Hills of Anacapri. Ivan Ilic. www.IvanCDG.com.
  • Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216. Lara St. John, The Knights, Jacobsen. Ancalagon 136. This recording is being released as a download this month; the CD comes out in October.
12 N
  • Gershwin: Porgy and Bess: It Ain't Necessarily So. Maria Bachmann, Jon Klibonoff. Endeavour 1020.
  • Turina: La Oracion del Torero (The Bullfighter's Prayer). Chamber Music Palm Beach. Klavier 11105.
  • Pisendel: Sonata in D major. Trio Settecento. Cedille 90000 114.
  • Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major. Pietro Massa, Berlin Sym, Crudele. Capriccio 5046.
1 PM
  • Helble, R.: Prelude and Rondo alla marcia. TCU Percussion Ensemble, West. Albany 1159.
  • Bach/Elgar: Fantasy and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537. Quebec Sym, Talmi. Atma 2570.
  • Thuille: String Quartet No. 1 in A major. Signum Quartett. Capriccio 5049.
  • Amram, D.: Symphony - Songs of the Soul: Dance of Joy. Berlin Radio Sym, Wilkins. Naxos 8.559420.

Monday, August 23

11 AM

  • Telemann: Concerto in F major for three violins and continuo, from Musique de Table. Kiefer, Obhri, Rudolf, Capriccio Baroque Orch. Tudor 7177.
  • Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 12/3. Viktoria Mullova, Kristian Bezuidenhout. Onyx 4050.
  • Weber/Flachs: Der Freischutz, selections for winds. Consortium Classicum. Teldec 8.43278.
12 N
  • Gnattali: Sonata for Cello and Guitar (1969). Natalia Khoma, Marc Regnier. Dorian 92116.
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4. English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner. SDG 707.
  • Ries: The Dream, Op. 49. Susan Kagan. Naxos 8.572204.
  • Chapela: Inguesu. Philharmonic Orch of the Americas, de la Parra. Sony 75555.
1 PM
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550. Apollo's Fire, Sorrell. Avie 2159.
  • Mozart: Piano Trio in C major, K. 548. Byron Schenkman, Gabriela Diaz, Alexei Yupanqui Gonzales. Centaur 3031.

Wednesday, August 18

11 AM

  • Mozart: Ballet music from Idomeneo, King of Crete. Apollo's Fire, Sorrell. Avie 2159.
  • Ries: Variations on a Portuguese Hymn (Adeste Fideles) for flute and piano. Matteo Napoli. Naxos 8.572038.
  • Thuille: String Quartet No. 2 in G major (1881, unfinished). Signum Quartet. Capriccio 5049.
  • Mozart: Dances (K. 123, 463, 462). Apollo's Fire, Sorrell. Avie 2159.
12 N
  • Gnattali: Toccata in Samba Rhythm No. 1 for guitar. Marc Regnier. Dorian 92116.
  • Plante: Suite Piedra Libre for wind quintet. Pentaedre. Atma 2547.
  • Corelli: Recorder Concerto No. 4 in F major. Maurice Steger, English Concert, Cummings. Harmonia Mundi 907523.
  • Miaskovsky: Cello Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 81. Wendy Warner, Irina Nuzova. Cedille 90000 120.
1 PM
  • Fried: Fantasy on Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck). Berlin Radio Sym, Foremny. Capriccio 5043.
  • Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Onde, two piano etudes (1935). Pietro Massa. Capriccio 5046.

Tuesday, August 17

11 AM

  • Haydn: Violin Concerto in C major. Gil Shaham, Sejong Soloists. Canary 08.
  • Paganini: Caprice No. 21 in A major, Op. 1/21. Augustin Hadelich. Avie 2180.
  • Chabrier: Larghetto for horn and piano. David Jolley, Samuel Sanders. Arabesque 6678.
  • Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor. Andre Watts, Atlanta Sym, Levi. Telarc 80386.
12 N
  • Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in C, RV 471. Sergio Azzolini, L'Aura Soave Cremona, Cantalupi. Naive 30496.
  • Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70. Takezawa, Kim, Dutton, Neubauer, Finckel, Diaz. BBC Music Magazine Vol. 9/6.
  • Casella: Concerto for Strings, Piano, Timpani and Percussion: Finale. Rome Sym, Scuccuglia, Ceravolo, La Vecchia. Naxos 8.572413.
1 PM
  • Salzedo: Introspection. Yolanda Kondonassis. Telarc 80533.
  • Schubert: Violin Sonata in A major, "Duo," D. 574. Julia Fischer, Martin Helmchen. PentaTone 5186 348.
  • Piazzolla: Three Symphonic Movements, Buenos Aires. Santa Barbara Sym, Ben-Dor. Delos 3345.

Monday, August 16

11 AM

  • Schubert: Fantasy in F minor for piano four-hands, D. 940. Julia Fischer, Martin Helmchen. PentaTone 5186 348.
  • Rossi: Sonata in dialogo, "La Viena." Bande Montreal Baroque, Milnes. Atma 2598.
  • Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor. Christian Tetzlaff, Czech Phil, Pesek. Virgin 0946 391346.
12 N
  • Piazzolla: Libertango, arr. flute and guitar. Cavatina Duo. Bridge 9330.
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner. SDG 707.
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, "Emperor." Paul Lewis, BBC Sym, Belohlavek. Harmonia Mundi 902053.55.
1 PM
  • Mozart: Church Sonata No. 17 in C major, K. 336. German Bach Soloists, Chorzempa, Winschermann. PentaTone 5186 150.
  • Menotti: Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano. Thorsen, Martin, Milford. Champs Hill 006.
  • Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Symphonic Suite "Catfish Row." BBC Phil, Shelley, Tortelier. Chandos 9325.
  • Daugherty: Brooklyn Bridge: North. John Bruce Yeh, Columbus State University Wind Ensemble, Rumbelow. Naxos 8.572319.

Wednesday, August 11

11 AM

  • Ibert: Divertissement. Montreal Sym, Dutoit. London 421 527.
  • Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8. Lily Maisky, Alissa Margulis, Mischa Maisky. EMI 67051.
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414. Leon Fleisher, Stuttgart Chamber Orch. Sony 435052.
12 N
  • Turkish and Sephardic, assorted: tracks 1-5 from Istanbul. Hesperion XXI and guests, Savall. Alia Vox 9870.
  • Part, A.: Tabula Rasa: Silentium. Angele Dubeau, La Pieta. Analekta 8731.
  • Catalani: Scherzo; Contemplation. La Scala Phil, Muti. Sony 63025.
  • Piazzolla: Oblivion. Cavatina Duo. Bridge 9330.
1 PM
  • Chavez: El Tropic, from H.P. or Horsepower Suite. Philharmonic Orch of the Americas, de la Parra. Sony 75555 2.
  • Vaughan Williams: Violin Sonata in A minor. Music Group of London (Hugh Bean, David Parkhouse). EMI 65100.
  • Telemann: Orchestral Suite in E-flat. La Stagione Frankfurt, Schneider. CPO 999 994.

Tuesday, August 10

11 AM

  • Mozart: Church Sonata No. 8 in A major, K. 225. German Bach Soloists, Daniel Chorzempa, Winschermann. PentaTone 5186 150.
  • Taneyev: Theme and Variations in C major. Olga Solovieva. Naxos 8.557804.
  • Adamo, M.: Alcott Music (from his opera Little Women). Eclipse Chamber Orch, Alimena. Naxos 8.559258.
  • Chopin: Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat. Stephen Hough. Hyperion 67456.
  • Sarasate: Airs Espagnols. Tianwa Yang, Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra, Izquierdo. Naxos 8.572191.
12 N
  • Biber: Battalia. Baroque Band (Chicago), Clarke. Cedille 90000 015.
  • Popper: Im Walde (In the Woods), Op. 50. Wendy Warner, Eileen Buck. Cedille 90000 111.
  • Corelli: Recorder Concerto No. 8 in E minor. Maurice Stager, English Concert, Cummings. Harmonia Mundi 907523.
  • Hall, D.: Escape Velocity. TCU Percussion Ensemble, West. Albany 1159.
1 PM
  • Strauss: An Alpine Symphony. Bavarian Radio Sym, Maazel. RCA 09026-57128.

Monday, August 9

Today's Mexican selections - Arturo Marquez's Danzon No. 2 and Jose Pablo Moncayo's Huapango - come from this new two-disc Sony release with conductor Alondra de la Parra. -->


11 AM
  • Haydn: String Quartet in D major, Op. 20/4. Daedalus Quartet. Bridge 9325A/B.
  • Marquez: Danzon No. 2. Philharmonic Orch of the Americas, de la Parra. Sony 75555 2.
  • Taneyev: Violin Sonata (1911). Ivan Peshkov, Olga Solovieva. Naxos 8.557804.
12 N
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor. Stephen Hough, Minnesota Orch, Vanska.
  • Tallis: Spem in alium. The Sixteen Choir, Christophers. Chandos 0513.
  • Bassano: Pavana and Galliarda. Bande Montreal Baroque, Milnes. Atma 2598.
  • Moncayo: Huapango. Philharmonic Orch of the Americas, de la Parra. Sony 75555 2.
1 PM
  • Bach, C.P.E.: Keyboard Sonata in E-flat, H. 50. Danny Driver. Hyperion 67786.
  • Ginastera/Cohen: Suite de Danzas Criollas. Jerusalem Sym, Ben-Dor. Naxos 8.570999.
  • Strauss, R.: Metamorphosen, a study for 23 solo strings. Scottish National Orch, Jarvi. Chandos 10218 X.

Wednesday, August 4

Thanks to Russell and Eric for hosting recent Midday Musics! Those playlists are here.


The buzz in today's noon hour is bees. Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" is the opening stinger for the longer "Hive" (2007), in which Evan Ziporyn sets four clarinets a-buzzing, inspired by his own experience as an amateur beekeeper. The quartet on this new recording, Clarinet Hive, includes Ziporyn himself on bass clarinet and Atlanta Symphony principal clarinetist Laura Ardan as first clarinet.

11 AM
  • Taneyev: Scherzo in C major. Olga Solovieva. Naxos 8.557804.
  • Taneyev: Symphony No. 4 in C minor: mvts 2-4. Novosibirsk Academic Sym, Sanderling. Naxos 8.572067.
  • Taneyev: Repose. Olga Solovieva. Naxos 8.557804.
  • Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn. Martha Argerich, Polina Leschenko. EMI 58472.
12 N
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee. Scottish National Orch, Jarvi. Chandos 10369(2) X.
  • Ziporyn, E.: Hive (2007). Laura Ardan, Timothy Paradise, Theodore Schoen, Evan Ziporyn. Naxos 8.572264.
  • Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in F major, RV 488. Sergio Azzolini, L'Aura Soave Cremona, Cantalupi. Naive 30496.
  • Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 2 in A minor. Radio Sym Orch Frankfurt, Inbal. PentaTone 5186 157.
1 PM
  • Gallot et al.: Six lute pieces from 17th century France. Rolf Lislevand. Naive 8880.
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor. Paul Lewis, BBC Sym Orch, Belohlavek. Harmonia Mundi 902053.55.

Wednesday, July 28

11 AM

  • Glazunov: Les Ruses d'amour: Conclusion. Romanian State Orch, Andreescu. Naxos 8.572447.
  • Bargiel, Woldemar (half-brother of Clara Wieck Schumann and brother-in-law of Robert Schumann): Violin Sonata in F minor. Gudrun Schaumann, Christoph Hammer. Capriccio 5041 (pictured at right).
  • Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile, Op. 11. Yo-Yo Ma, Pittsburgh Sym, Maazel. Sony 93927.
12 N
  • Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in B-flat, RV 503. Sergio Azzolini, L'Aura Soava Cremona, Cantalupi. Naive 30496.
  • Martinu: Piano Concerto No. 2. Robert Kolinsky, Basel Sym, Ashkenazy. Ondine 1158.
  • Thuille: Piano Quintet in G minor. Falk Quartet, Tomer Lev. Champs Hill 001.
1 PM
  • Telemann: Sonata in F minor for strings and continuo. Capriccio Baroque Orch, Kiefer. Tudor 7177.
  • Grieg: Norwegian Dance Op. 35/2; Last Spring, Op 34/2. Iceland Sym, Engeset. Naxos 8.557017.
  • Bach, C.P.E.: Keyboard Sonata in C minor, H. 27, Wq. 48/4. Danny Driver. Hyperion 67786.
  • Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements. Chicago Sym, Boulez. CSO Resound 901 918.

Tuesday, July 27

11 AM

  • Rodrigo: Concierto de Estio (Summer Concerto) for violin and orchesta. Agustin Leon Ara, London Sym, Batiz. EMI 37681.
  • Joachim: Romance for violin and piano in C major. Gudrun Schuamann, Christoph Hammer. Capriccio 5040.
  • Bruch: Symphony No. 1 in E-flat. Staatskapelle Weimar, Halasz. Naxos 8.570994.
12 N
  • Weelkes: Five songs arr. instruments. Piffaro. Navona 823.
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90. Angela Hewitt. Hyperion 67797.
  • Mendelssohn: Concerto in E major for Two Pianos and Orchestra. Silver Garburg Piano Duo, Bavarian Chamber Phil, Hogwood. Oehms 739.
1 PM
  • Glass: The Hours: morning Passages. Ryan Brown (The 5 Browns). E1 Entertainment 2041.
  • Freitas Branco: Symphony No. 3: mvts 2-4. RTE National Sym, Cassuto. Naxos 8.572370.

Monday, July 26

11 AM
  • Vaughan Williams/Jacob: English Folk Song Suite. Royal Liverpool Phil, Judd. Naxos 8.572304.
  • Corelli: Recorder Concerto No. 4 in F major. Maurice Steger, English Concert, Cummings. Harmonia Mundi 907523.
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-flat, Op. 26. Angela Hewitt. Hyperion 67797.
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 75. Stephen Hough, Minnesota Orch, Vanska.

12 N
  • Bach: Fugue in C major, BWV 870. Richard Egarr. Harmonia Mundi 907433.34.
  • Beck: Symphony in E-flat, Op. 3/4. Toronto Chamber Orch, Mallon. Naxos 8.570799.
  • Korngold: Piano Quintet in E major, Op. 15. Aron Quartet, Henri Sigfridsson. CPO 777 436.
  • Whitacre: Sleep. Elora Festival Singers, Edison. Naxos 8.559677.
1 PM
  • Mozart: Church Sonata No. 10 in F major, K. 244. German Bach Soloists, Daniel Chorzempa, Winschermann. PentaTone 5186 150.
  • Bach: Keyboard Partita No. 4 in D major. Stephen Kovacevich. Onyx 4035.
  • Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor, Op. 37. Vivane Hagner, Royal Flemish Phil, Brabbins. Hyperion 67798.

Wednesday, July 21

Yet more new releases, starting with an hour of 18th-century wind concertos. Featured performers today include clarinetist Jon Manasse and pianist Angela Hewitt.


11 AM
  • Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in G in minor, TV 495. Sergio Azzolini, L'Aura Soava Cremona, Cantalupi. Naive 30496.
  • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622. Jon Manasse, Seattle Sym, Schwarz. Harmonia Mundi 907516.
  • Corelli: Recorder Concerto No. 10 in F major. Maurice Steger, English Concert, Laurence Cummings. Harmonia Mundi 907523.
12 N
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10/2. Angela Hewitt. Hyperion 67797.
  • Freitas Branco: Suite Alentejano No. 2. RTE National Sym, Cassuto. Naxos 8.572370.
  • Telemann: Suite in B major, "The Nations." Capriccio Baroque Orch, Kiefer. Tudor 7177.
1 PM
  • Chopin: Waltz No. 7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 64/2. Nikolai Lugansky. Onyx 4049.
  • Thuille: Trio for Violin, Viola and Piano in E-flat. London Conchord Ensemble. Champs Hill 001.
  • Ginastera: Suite de Danzas Criollas, Op. 15 (orch. S. Cohen). Jerusalem Sym, Ben-Dor. Naxos 8.570999.

Tuesday, July 20

More new releases.


11 AM
  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Violin Concerto in D major, arr. Dejan Lazic). Dejan Lazic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano. Channel 29410. Recorded October 2009 in Atlanta during its world premiere weekend.
  • Brahms: Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79 (B minor and G minor). Dejan Lazic. Channel 29410.
12 N
  • Hovhaness: Symphony No. 23, "Ani": Allegro grazioso. Trinity College of Music Wind Orch, Brion. Naxos 8.559385.
  • Schumann, Clara: Three Romances for violin and piano, Op. 22. Gudrun Schaumann, Christoph Hammer. Capriccio 5040.
  • Spohr: Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-flat. Jon Manasse, Seattle Sym, Schwarz. Harmonia Mundi 907516.
  • Schuller, G.: Duo Sonata for clarinet and bass clarinet (1949): third movement. Laura Ardan, Theodore Schoen. Naxos 8.572264.
  • Bassano: Diminutions sur "Anchor che chol partire" de Cipriano de Rore. Bande Montreal Baroque. Atma 2598.
1 PM
  • Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G major. Baltimore Sym, Alsop. Naxos 8.572112.
  • Webern: Im Sommerwind. Chicago Sym, Haitink. CSO 901 1002.

Monday, July 19

New releases


11 AM
  • Beethoven: "Kreutzer" Sonata (Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major). Viktoria Mullova, Kristian Bezuidenhout. Onyx 4050.
  • Telemann: Ouverture in G minor for three oboes, bassoon, strings and continuo, TWV 55:g4. Capriccio Baroque Orchestra. Tudor 7177.
12 N
  • Guarnieri: Piano Concerto No. 5: Jocoso. Max Barros, Warsaw Phil, Conlin. Naxos 8.557667.
  • Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango (arr. B. Edwards for clarinet quartet). Ricardo Morales, Laura Ardan, James Ognibene, Theodore Schoen. Naxos 8.572264, Clarinet Hive.
  • Rossi: Sonata a quattro; Sonata sopra la Bergamasca. Bande Montreal Baroque, Milnes. Atma Classique 2598, I Mercanti di Venezia.
  • Menotti: Cantilena e Scherzo for harp and string quartet. Gillian Tingay, RTE Vanbrugh Quartet. Champs Hill 006.
  • Corelli: Ground upon the Sarabanda theme from Recorder Sonata No. 7. Maurice Steger, English Concert, Cummings. Harmonia Mundi 907523, Mr. Corelli in London.
1 PM
  • Ranjbaran: Moto Perpetuo. Chen Xi, Sejong Soloists. Naxos 8.570353.
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben. Chicago Sym Orch, Haitink. CSO Resound 901 1002.

Wednesday, July 7

Wrapping up this week's tenth anniversary requests bash, today's Midday Music answers pressing, pent-up listener demand for Chopin, Reznicek, Dvorak, Grieg and more. Thanks to all who communicated your musical wishes and other well wishes. It's been an honor and a pleasure to bring you great music for lo these ten years of hosting the midday show at GPB. Onward!


Speaking of hosting, from July 8 to July 16 I'll be away and Midday Music will come to you from GPB's Savannah station WSVH, hosted by my excellent colleagues Eric Nauert and Russell Wells. Their playlists, as always, live here: http://wsvh.org/mmarchive.htm.

See you on the 19th! - Sarah

11 AM
  • Honegger: Pastorale d'ete (Summer Pastorale). New Zealand Sym, Yuasa. Naxos 8.555974.
  • Dvorak: Symphony No. 6 in D major. London Sym, Davis. LSO 0059.
12 N
  • Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Serenade in G major, K. 525. Saint Paul Chamber Orch, McFerrin. Sony 64600.
  • Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat, Op. 61. Vladimir Horowitz. RCA 4572.
  • Meyer: Double Bass Concerto in D. Edgar Meyer, Saint Paul Chamber Orch, Wolff. Sony 60956.
  • Reznicek: Donna Diana Overture. Cincinnati Pops, Kunzel. Telarc 80116.
1 PM
  • Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1. BBC Scottish Sym, Maksymiuk. Naxos 8.550864.
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner. SDG 707.
  • Balakirev: Octet, Op. 3. London Conchord Ensemble. Orchid 100007.
  • Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor. Atlanta Sym, Levi. Telarc 80394.

Tuesday, July 6

11 AM

  • Marquez, A.: Danzon No. 5, Portales de madrugada. Cuarteto de Clarinetes de Caracas. Cacao Musica 008.
  • Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole. Joshua Bell, Montreal Sym, Dutoit. London 425 501.
  • Dorman, A.: Piccolo Concerto (2001). Mindy Kaufman, Metropolis Ensemble, Cyr. Naxos 8.559620.
12 N
  • Faure: Pavane, Op. 50. Ophelie Gaillard, Royal Phil, Redmond. Atlas Realisations 001.
  • Bach: Concerto for Oboe and Violin in D minor, BWV 1060. Xenia Loeffler, Stephan Mai, Academy of Ancient Music Berlin.
  • Glinka: Grand Sextet in E-flat for piano and strings. Alexander Mogilevsky, Lucia Hall et al. EMI 18333.
  • Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra. Misha Maisky, Orpheus Chamber Orch. DG 453 460.
1 PM
  • Chen & He: Butterfly Lovers: Falling in Love, arr. guitar. Xuefei Yang. EMI 06322.
  • Bax: Overture to a Picaresque Comedy. Royal Scottish National Orch, Lloyd-Jones. Naxos 8.555343.
  • Anonymous (Renaissance, English): Goddesses; La Bounette. Piffaro. Navona 5823.
  • Bizet: Symphony in C. New York Phil, Bernstein. Sony 61830.
  • Anonymous (early 17th c., English): French King's Masque. Piffaro. Navona 5823.

Monday, July 5

Celebrating two anniversaries today, one small, one large.
  • First, ten years of my hosting this show. In honor of a decade of happy collaboration with the listeners of Georgia, I'm soliciting requests this week. Email yours to middaymusic@gpb.org or become a fan of Midday Music on Facebook and make your wishes known there. Thanks for your input, your support and your ears!
  • And second, of course, Independence Day. For those of us who didn't catch a pops concert with our fireworks, a few American orchestral classics. (Over time a Russian composer's piece commemorating a European war has earned honorary membership in this group, basically because boom-boom fireworks in the sky go well with the boom-boom cannons in the score.)

11 AM
  • Copland: Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes. Buffalo Phil, Falletta. Naxos 8.559240.
  • Dvorak: Humoresque, Op. 101/7. Rachel Barton Pine, Matthew Hagle. Cedille 097.
  • Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat, Op. 20. Daniel Hope, Chamber Orch of Europe Soloists. DG 477 6634.
12 N
  • Schumann: Konzertstuck for Four Horns. Cologne Radio Sym, Vonk. EMI 09037.
  • Debussy: Clair de Lune. Yolanda Kondonassis. Telarc 80622.
  • Zipoli: In hoc Mundo. Florilegium, Henry Villca. Channel 22105.
  • Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, original version with chorus. Orch of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Pappano.
1 PM
  • Schubert: "Unfinished" Symphony (No. 8 in B minor). San Francisco Sym, Blomstedt. London 433 072.
  • Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Sketches. Baltimore Sym, Zinman. Telarc 80378.
  • Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever. "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, Serebrier. Naxos 8.570727.

Wednesday, June 30

Two quick announcements before today's playlist:

1. Today is the end of GPB's fiscal year. If you have not yet joined GPB as a member or renewed your membership lately, please do your part to support your local public radio station today, at gpb.org/give or 800-222-4788. Thank you!

2. The beginning of July marks my tenth anniversary as host of GPB's midday classical program. I'd like to celebrate by playing requests - music you particularly want to hear. Please email me (middaymusic@gpb.org) your name and town and what piece you're requesting. Go ahead and deluge me with and I'll see how many I can fit in at the beginning of next week. Thanks! - Sarah

And now, for another day of new releases.

11 AM
  • Mendelssohn: Concerto in A-flat for Two Pianos and Orchestra. Silver Garbug Piano Duo, Bavarian Chamber Phil, Hogwood. Oehms 739.
  • Bolcom, W.: Recuerdos (1991). Elizabeth & Marcel Bergmann, pianos. Naxos 8.559244.
12 N
  • Salieri: Sinfonia from Act 4 of Axur, King of Ormus; Sinfonia from Act 2 of La Calamita de' Cori. Mannheim Mozart Orch, Fey. Hanssler 98.554.
  • Brahms: Viola Sonata No. 2 in E-flat, Op. 120/2. Roberto Diaz, Jeremy Denk. Naxos 8.570827.
  • Adams, J.: The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra). San Francisco Sym, de Waart. Nonesuch 524842 (I Am Love soundtrack).
  • Glazunov: Les Ruses d'amour: selections. Romanian State Orch, Andreescu. Naxos 8.572447.
1 PM
  • Rachmaninoff: Vocalise. Detroit Sym, Slatkin. Naxos 8.572458.
  • Korngold: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 26. Aron Quartett. CPO 777 436.
  • Handel: Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op. 6/3. Mercury Baroque, Plante. HPR 00621.
  • Schubert: Impromptu Op. 90/1. Vassily Primakov. Bridge 9327.

Tuesday, June 29

Three hours of new releases.


11 AM
12 N
  • Granados: Piano Trio, Op. 50. LOM Piano Trio. Naxos 8.572262.
  • Vaughan Williams: The Wasps, Overture. Royal Liverpool Phil, Judd. Naxos 8.572304.
  • Handel: Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6/2. Mercury Baroque, Plante. HPR 00621.
  • Scodanibbio, S.: Sandunga, from Mexican Songbook. Cuarteto Latinoamericano. Dorian 92108.
  • Sierra, R.: Mambo 7/16. Cuarteto Latinoamericano. Dorian 92108.
1 PM
  • Thuille: Sextet for Piano and Winds in B-flat, Op. 6. London Conchord Ensemble. Champs Hill 001.
  • Mendelssohn: Ave Maria. Yale Schola Cantorum, Yale Collegium Players, Carrington. Naxos 8.572161.
  • Dorman, A.: Mandolin Concerto (2006). Avi Avital, Metropolis Ensemble, Cyr. Naxos 8.559620.

Monday, June 28

11 AM

  • Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 2. Lausanne Chamber Orch, Lopez-Cobos. Telarc 80309.
  • Haydn: Baryton Trio No. 97 in D major. Esterhazy Machine. Friends of Music 36-811.
  • Elgar: Three Bavarian Dances, Op. 27. New Zealand Sym, Judd. Naxos 8.557577.
12 N
  • Traditional, Cape Breton: Hector the Hero. Caroline Goulding, Janine Randall. Telarc 80744.
  • Packham, B.: Cape Breton Concerto for flute and orchestra. Chris Norman, Camerata Bariloche Chamber Orch of Argentina. Dorian 90250.
  • Traditional Cape Breton: Medley. Caroline Goulding, Janine Randall. Telarc 80744.
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467. Jonathan Biss, Orpheus Chamber Orch. EMI 50999 2 17270.
1 PM
  • Paradies: Toccata in A. Philip Martin. Hyperion 67379.
  • Gade: Symphony No. 1, "On the Fair Plains of Zealand [Sjolund]." Danish National Radio Sym, Kitajenko. Chandos 9422.
  • Veracini: Violin Sonata Op. 1, No. 1 in G minor. Enrico Casazza, La Magnifica Comunita. Brilliant 93809.

Wednesday, June 23

11 AM

  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat. Nicholas Angelich, Frankfurt Radio Sym, Jarvi. Virgin 266349.
  • Glinka: The Lark. Evgeny Kissin. RCA 09026 63884.
12 N
  • Borodin: Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2. Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg et al. EMI 56481.
  • Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K. 468. Georg Solti, Melos Quartet (members). London 417 190.
  • Halvorsen: Entry March of the Boyars. Cincinnati Pops, Kunzel.
  • Wiren: Serenade in G major, Op. 11. Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Studt. Naxos 8.553106.
1 PM
  • Schubert: Piano Pieces, D. 946: No. 3 in C major. Nikolai Demidenko. Hyperion 67091/2.
  • Beethoven: Op. 130 String Quartet (No. 13 in B-flat). Cypress String Quartet. Cypress Volume 2.

Tuesday, June 22

11 AM

  • Haydn: Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major. Hermann Baumann, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Brown. Philips 422 346.
  • Eccles: Sonata in G minor for cello and piano. Amit Peled, Eliza Ching. Centaur 3047.
  • Stanford: Symphony No. 7 in D minor. Bournemouth Sym, Lloyd-Jones. Naxos 8.570285.
12 N
  • Foscarini: Tasteggiata; Corrente; Volta francese. Ensemble Kapsberger, Lislevand. Naive 8852.
  • Ravel: Miroirs: Une barque sur l'ocean; Alborada del gracioso. Tzimon Barto. Ondine 1095.
  • Bruch: Scottish Fantasy for violin and orchestra. Arthur Grumiaux, New Philharmonia Orch, Wallberg. PentaTone 5186 117.
  • Mendelssohn: On Wings of Song (Auf Flugeln des Gesanges). Amit Peled, Eliza Ching. Centaur 3047.
1 PM
  • Farrenc: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in E-flat, Op. 44. Engerer, Guyot, Salque. Naive 5033.
  • Alfven: Swedish Rhapsody No. 1, "Midsummer Vigil." Iceland Sym, Sakari. Chandos 9313.
  • Tansman: Sonatine for bassoon and piano (1952). Dag Jensen, Midori Kitagawa. MDG 603 0585.

Monday, June 21

11 AM

  • Dvorak: "American" Quartet (String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96). Emerson String Quartet.
  • Merula: Chiaccona Canzone. Maurice Steger et al. Harmonia Mundi 902024.
  • Krommer: Concerto for Two Clarinets and Orchestra, Op. 35. Stanley Drucker, Naomi Drucker, Bohuslav Martinu Phil, Tiboris. Elysium 714.
  • Uccellini: Symphonia 14, La Foschina. Maurice Steger et al. Harmonia Mundi 902024.
12 N
  • Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Sonatina Canonica. Brasil Guitar Duo. Naxos 8.570778.
  • Bach: Oboe d'Amore Concerto in A major, reconstr. after Keyboard Concerto BWV 1055. Thomas Stacy, Toronto Chamber Orch, Mallon. Naxos 8.570735.
  • Bozza: Andantino for trombone trio. Chicago Trombone Consort. Albany 1183.
  • Debussy: La Mer. Cleveland Orch, Boulez. DG 439 896.
1 PM
  • Handel: Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op. 6/4. Mercury Baroque, Plante. HPR 00521.
  • Brahms: Piano Pieces, Op. 76. Nicholas Angelich. Virgin 50999 266349.
  • Rota: The Leopard, Dances. Scala Phil Orch, Muti. Sony 66279.

Wednesday, June 16

11 AM

  • Boismortier: Sonata in D minor for three flutes. Sibelius Academy Baroque Ensemble. Ondine 736.
  • Dohnanyi: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D minor. Michael Ludwig, Royal Scottish National Orch, Falletta. Naxos 8.570833.
12 N
  • Nelhybel: Tower Music. Rhineberger: Abendlied. Chicago Trombone Consort. Albany 1183.
  • Bartok: Rumanian Folk Dances for four cellos. Matt Haimovitz, Uccello. Oxingale 2007.
  • Strauss: Aus Italien. Scottish National Orch, Jarvi. Chandos 10218.
  • Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina, Prelude. New Jersey Sym, Macal. Delos 3217.
1 PM
  • Part: Spiegel im Spiegel. Angele Dubeau, La Pieta. Analekta 8731.
  • Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat for violin and viola, K. 364. Rafael Durian, Abraham Skernick, Cleveland Orch, Szell. CBS 37810.
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor. Maurizio Pollini. DG B0000059-02.

Tuesday, June 15

Czech it out.


11 AM
  • Smetana: Prague Carnival. BBC Phil, Noseda. Chandos 10413.
  • Mozart: "Prague" Symphony (No. 38 in D major, K. 504). English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner. Philips 426 283.
  • Dvorak: Five Prague Waltzes. Russian Phil, Yablonsky. Naxos 8.501701.
12 N
  • Smetana: The Moldau (Vltava). London Sym, Davis. LSO 0061.
  • Friml: From Bohemian Woods. Stephanie Chase, Sara Davis Buechner. Koch 7662.
  • Brubeck, C.: Prague Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra. Chris Brubeck, Czech National Sym, Freeman. Koch 7653.
  • Suk: Meditation on an Old Czech Hymn "St. Wenceslas." Virtuosi di Praga, Vlcek. Discover 920234.
  • Dvorak: From the Bohemian Forest, Op. 68: In the Spinning-room; Witches' Sabbath. Silke-Thora Matthies, Christian Kohn. Naxos 8.553137.
1 PM
  • Fibich: Quintet in D for piano, clarinet, horn, violin and cello, Op. 42. Endymion Ensemble. ASV 943.
  • Janacek: Cunning Little Vixen, Suite. Czech State Phil Brno, Serebrier. Reference 75.

Monday, June 14

11 AM

  • Smetana: The Bartered Bride: Three Dances. Janacek Phil, Kuchar. Brilliant 93634.
  • Rubinstein: Six Characteristic Pieces, Op. 50. Yaara Tal, Andreas Groethuysen. Sony 47199.
  • Haydn: Violin Concerto No. 4 in G major. Gil Shaham, Sejong Soloists. Canary 08.
12 N
  • Piazzolla: Oblivion. Santa Barbara Sym, Ben-Dor. Delos 3345.
  • Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581. Dieter Kloecker, Consortium Classicum. CPO 999 802.
  • Rodrigo: Sounds of the Giralda (Seville Fantasia). Gwyneth Wentink, Asturas Sym, Valdes. Naxos 8.555843.
  • Rossini: The Barber of Seville, Overture. Atlanta Sym, Levi. Telarc 80334.
1 PM
  • Saint-Saens: Aimons-nous; Oboe Sonata, Op. 166. Bart Schneeman, Paolo Giacometti. Brilliant 93688.
  • Graupner: Overture in F for Recorder and Strings. Les Idees Heureuse, Soly. Analekta 9115.
  • Wagner: Good Friday Music, from Parsifal. Philadelphia Orch, Thielemann. DG 289 453 485.

Wednesday, June 9

11 AM

  • Handel: Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6/5. Mercury Baroque, Plante. HPR 00621.
  • Svendsen: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat. Oslo Phil, Jansons. EMI 49769.
  • Buchner: Sonata No. 9 in C major from Plectrum musicum. Parnassi Musici. CPO 777 132.
12 N
  • Dunne, M.: Eleno, Kerko Eleno (Macedonian song). Assad, C.: Kalajdzisko Oro (Macedonian dance). Cavatina Duo. Cedille 90000 117.
  • Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra. Isaac Stern, Philadelphia Orch, Ormandy. CBS 37811.
  • Bacalov, L.: Triple Concerto for Bandoneon, Piano and Soprano: 1st mvmt. Bacalov, Mosalini, Santa Barbara Sym, Ben-Dor. Delos 3345.
  • Bacalov, L.: Theme from Il Postino. Santa Barbara Sym, Ben-Dor. Delos 3345.
1 PM
  • Albeniz: Iberia, Book 2. Marc-Andre Hamelin. Hyperion 67476/7.
  • Mendelssohn: Sextet in D major for violin, two violas, cello, bass and piano, Op. 110. Bartholdy Pian Quartet, Darzins, Wagner. Naxosu 8.550966.

Tuesday, June 8

It's the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Romantic composer Robert Schumann, born June 8, 1810 in Zwickau, Germany. Here's a soul-feeding bicentennial spread of pure, healthful, 100% all-natural Schumann (well, except for a slight Liszt additive in hour 2 to preserve taste).


11 AM
  • Schumann: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63. Nicholas Angelich, Renaud Capucon, Gautier Capucon. EMI 89241.
  • Schumann: Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52. Philharmonia Orch, Thielemann. DG 289 459 680.
12 N
  • Schumann: Concert Piece in G, Op. 92, "Introduction and Allegro Appassionato" for piano and orchestra. Murray Perahia, Berlin Phil, Abbado. Sony 64577.
  • Schumann/Liszt: Widmung (Dedication). Geoffrey Tozer. Chandos 9471.
  • Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54. Helene Grimaud, Staatskapelle Dresden, Salonen. DG 389 477 5719.
  • Schumann: Romance in A major, Op. 94/2. Gil Shaham, Rohan de Silva. DG 427 659.
1 PM
  • Schumann: Arabesque in C major, Op. 18. Jonathan Biss. EMI 65391.
  • Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44. Argerich, Schwartzberg, Hall, Imai, Maisky. EMI 55484.

Monday, June 7

We're off to southeastern Europe for a Balkan first hour, sparked by the Cavatina Duo's new recording of Balkan-inspired music for flute and guitar, The Balkan Project. In the second hour it's Mozart with Columbus, Ga. native Gabriela Diaz, violin, and then off to the fairy-filled Shakespearean woods for midsummer Mendelssohn.

11 AM
  • Rivera, C. R.: Raven Dance, a Serbian song. & Ivanovic, V.: Kad ja podjoh na Bembasu, a Bosnian song. Cavatina Duo. Cedille 90000 117, The Balkan Project.
  • Beach: Variations on Balkan Themes, Op. 60. Joanne Polk. Arabesque 6693.
  • Nilovic: Suite Balkanique: Oriental. L'Ensemble de Trombones de Paris. Crystal 223.
  • Enescu: Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A major, Op. 11/1. Cincinnati Pops Orch, Kunzel. Telarc 80606.
12 N
  • Gabrieli: Canzon Septimi Toni No. 2. Chicago Trombone Consort. Albany 1183.
  • Mozart: Divertimento in B-flat, K. 254. Byron Schenkman, Gabriela Diaz, Alexei Yupanqui Gonzales. Centaur 3031.
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Overture and Incidental Music. Montreal Sym Orch, Dutoit. London 417 541.
1 PM
  • Fasch: Bassoon Concerto in C major. Sergio Azzolini, La Stravaganza Cologne. CPO 777 015.
  • Stenhammar: Serenade for Orchestra, Op. 31. Gothenburg Sym, Jarvi. DG 445 857.
  • Haydn: Baryton Trio No. 35 in A major. The Esterhazy Machine. Friends of Music 36-811.

Wednesday, June 2

Can't find a Midday Music playlist you're looking for on this page? Shows hosted by Russell Wells and Eric Nauert are listed here.


11 AM
  • Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94b. Mikhail Simonyan, Alexei Podkorytov. Delos 3385.
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466. Malcolm Bilson, English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner. Archiv 419 609.
12 N
  • Dibb, J.: Provence. Chicago Trombone Consort. Albany 1182.
  • Revueltas: Night of the Maya: Night of Revelry. Simon Bolivar Orch, Dudamel. DG 14281.
  • Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy in C major. Alfred Brendel. Philips 422 062.
  • Haydn: Baryton Trio No. 124 in G major. The Esterhazy Machine. Friends of Music 36-811.
  • Piazzolla: Tango Suite. Yo-Yo Ma, Sergio & Odair Assad. Sony 63122.
1 PM
  • Sung, S.: Dance of the White Lotus under the Silver Moon (1998). Jonathan Keeble, Ann Yeung. Albany 1185.
  • Dukas: Symphony in C major. BBC Phil, Tortelier. Chandos 9225.

Friday, May 28

11 AM

  • Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44. National Chamber Players, Graham. Klavier 11126.
  • Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E-flat, Op. 120/2. Laura Ardan, William Ransom (Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta). ACA Digital 20033.
  • Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture. Russian National Orch, Pletnev. DG 439 892.
12 N
  • Macbride, D.: A Muse (2002). Avalon String Quartet. Albany 1160.
  • Balakirev: Islamey, Oriental Fantasy. Yefim Bronfman. Sony 60689.
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish." Cleveland Orch, Dohnanyi. London 421 643.
1 PM
  • Bolcom: The Serpent's Kiss. Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann, pianos. Naxos 8.559244.
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor. Barry Douglas, Russian State Sym, Svetlanov. RCA 8869729722.

Thursday, May 27

11 AM

  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K. 537, "Coronation." Vassily Primakov, Odense Sym, Yoo. Bridge 9328.
  • Byrd: Fantasia a 6. Fretwork. Harmonia Mundi 907383.
  • Alkan: Troisieme Receuil de Chants, Op. 65. Marc-Andre Hamelin. Hyperion 67569.
12 N
  • Gliere: Horn Concerto. Hermann Baumann, Gewandhaus Orch, Masur. Philips 416 380.
  • Handel: Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op. 6/4. Boston Baroque, Pearlman. Telarc 80253.
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Wednesday, May 26

Yesterday's playlist is here. On to today!


11 AM
  • Part, A.: Summa. Angele Dubeau, La Pieta. Analekta 8731.
  • Dvorak: Czech Suite. Czech Phil, Pesek. Virgin 90769.
  • Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major. Gabriela Montero, Gautier Capucon. EMI 89241.
12 N
  • Lawes: Harp Consorts No. 8, 7 and 3 in G major. Maxine Eilander, Les Voix Humaine. Atma 2372.
  • Rubinstein: Piano Sonata No. 1 in E minor. Leslie Howard. Hyperion 22007.
  • Wagner: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey. Royal Concertgebouw Orch, Chailly. London 448 155.
1 PM
  • Debussy: Clair de Lune. Yolanda Kondonassis. Telarc 80622.
  • Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465, "Dissonant." Prazak Quartet. Praga 250 242.
  • Telemann: Concerto in E minor; two Roma (gypsy) tunes. Ensemble Caprice, Matthias Maute. Analekta 9919.

Monday, May 24

11 AM

  • Achron: Stempenyu: Frelechs. Ingolf Turban, Jascha Nemtsov. Hanssler 93.028.
  • Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1 for piano, trumpet and string orchestra. Alain Lefevre, Paul Archibald, London Mozart Players, Bamert. Analekta 9283.
  • Engel: Freilechs, Op. 20/2. ngolf Turban, Jascha Nemtsov. Hanssler 93.028.
  • Janacek: Sinfonietta, Op. 60. Czech State Phil, Serebrier. Reference 65.
12 N
  • Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro, Overture. Concerto Koln, Jacobs. Harmonia Mundi 901818.20.
  • Leclair: Violin Sonata in G major, Book 3, No. 12, transcribed for viola da gamba. Tina Chancey, Susie Napper, Webb Wiggins. Versatile Viol II.
  • Sinding: Marche Grotesque. Jerome Lowenthal. Bridge 9306.
  • Suk: Serenade for String Orchestra in E-flat, Op. 6. Virtuosi di Praga, Vlcek. Discover 920234.
1 PM
  • Milhaud: Scaramouche, suite for alto saxophone and orchestra. Branford Marsalis, Orpheus Chamber Orch. Sony 89251.
  • Tchaikovsky: Nocturne in D minor, Op. 19/4. Mischa Maisky, Orpheus Chamber Orch. DG 453 460.
  • Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8. Trio Parnassus. MDG 303 0655.

Wednesday, May 19

11 AM

  • Soler: Sonata in D-flat. Jorge Federico Osorio. Cedille 90000 075.
  • Mathieu, A.: Concertino No. 2. Alain Lefevre, London Mozart Players, Bamert. Analekta 9283.
  • Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat. Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble. Chandos 9151.
12 N
  • Copland: Appalachian Spring, complete ballet. San Francisco Sym, Thomas. RCA 63720.
  • Dvorak: Bagatelles for string trio and harmonium, Op. 47. Domus. Virgin 61904.
1 PM
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Delos 3185.
  • Pann, C.: Differences for cello and piano (1998). David Ying, Elinor Freer. Cedille 90000 100.
  • Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus (1972). Finnish Radio Sym, Saraste. Yleis 0006.

Tuesday, May 18

11 AM

  • Gypsy (Roma) pieces from the Collection Uhrovska (1730): C 91 and C 260. Ensemble Caprice, Maute. Analekta 9919 (Telemann: The Baroque Gypsies).
  • Telemann: Grillensymphonie, Caprice Symphony in G major. Ensemble Caprice, Maute. Analekta 9919 (Telemann: The Baroque Gypsies).
  • Beethoven: "Archduke" Piano Trio in B-flat, Op. 97. Gryphon Trio. Analekta 9858.
12 N
  • Sanz: Passacalles por quarto tono punto alto. Hopkinson Smith. Astree 8576.
  • Mendelssohn: Concerto for Piano, Violin and Orchestra in D major. Alain Lefevre, David Lefevre, London Mozart Players, Bamert. Analekta 9283.
  • Part: Spiegel im Spiegel. Angele Dubeau, La Pieta. Analekta 8731.
1 PM
  • Grechaninov: Symphony No. 1 in B minor. Russian State Sym, Polyansky. Chandos 9397.
  • Vanhal: Symphony in A-flat major. Toronto Camerata, Mallon. Naxos 8.557483.

Monday, May 17

11 AM

  • Bruch: Romance for viola and orchestra, Op. 85. Yuri Bashmet, London Sym.
  • Gossec: Symphony for 17 Parts. Orch della Svizzera Italiana, Hauschild. Naxos 8.554750-51.
  • Joplin: Solace, A Mexican Serenade. Gregory Brown (The Five Browns). E1.
  • Surinach: Ritmo Jondo. Philharmonia a Vent, Boyd. Klavier 11166.
12 N
  • Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, excerpts for piano: Mercutio; Dance of the Girls with Liles. Daria Rabotkina. CAG 105.
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat. English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner. Philips 426 283.
  • Dvorak: Terzetto for two violins and viola, Op. 74. Members of the Chilingirian Quartet. Chandos 9173.
1 PM
  • Bencini: Ave Maria. A Sei Voci, Fabre-Garrus. Naive 8892.
  • Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major for solo cello. Zuill Bailey. Telarc 31978.
  • Glazunov: Oriental Rhapsody. Moscow Sym, Golovchin.

Monday, May 10

11 AM

  • Svendsen: Norwegian Rhapsody No. 1. Latvian National Sym, Mikkelsen. CPO 777 372.
  • Mozart: "Linz" Symphony (No. 36 in C major). Prague Phil, Belohlavek. Harmonia Mundi 901891.
  • Gottschalk: The Banjo. Robert DeGaetano. Crystonyx 1002.
12 N
  • Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1. New Zealand Orch, Judd. Naxos 8.557273.
  • Turina: Danzas Gitanas, Op. 55. Jordi Maso. Naxos 8.557150.
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major. London Sym Orch, Haitink. LSO 0082.
1 PM
  • Bach: Violin Sonata No. 2 in E major, BWV 1016. Lucy van Dael, Bob van Asperen. Naxos 8.554614.
  • Prokofiev: Eugene Onegin, Op. 71: Minuet, Polka, Mazurka. Scottish National Orch, Jarvi. Chandos 10484.
  • Schumann, Clara: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17. Francesco Nicolosi, Rodolfo Bonucci, Andrea Noferini. Naxos 8.557552.

Wednesday, May 5

11 AM

  • Dvorak: Serenade for Strings in E major. London Chamber Orch, Warren-Green. Virgin 91165.
  • Schubert: Impromptu in G-flat, Op. 90/3. Vassily Primakov. Bridge 9327.
  • Wassenaer: Concerto Armonico No. 5. Aradia Ensemble, Mallon. Naxos 8.555384.
  • Jimenez: Three Letters from Mexico. Mexico City Phil, Batiz. Brilliant 8771.
12 N
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. Boston Baroque, Pearlman. Telarc 80368.
  • Beethoven: "Appassionata" Piano Sonata (No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57). Paul Lewis. Harmonia Mundi 901906.08.
  • Marquez, A.: Danzon No. 2. Simon Bolivar Youth Orch of Venezuela, Dudamel. DG 13458.
1 PM
  • Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in E-flat, K. 365. Alexandre Rabinovitch, Martha Argerich, Padua and Veneto Orch. Teldec 4509-98407.
  • Chavez: Cantos de Mexico. State of Mexico Sym, Batiz. Brilliant 8771.
  • Jarre: The Engadiner Suite. Ahn Trio. EMI 57357.

Tuesday, May 4

I'm told it's Intergalactic Star Wars Day. May the Fourth . . . be with you.


A quick nod to that cosmic observance follows the noon news.

11 AM
  • Couperin: Musette de Taverny, fro Pieces de Clavecin, Book 3. Robert Stallman, Edwin Swanborn. Bogner's Cafe 104.
  • Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 in G major, Op. 161. D. 887. Emerson String Quartet. DG 289 459 151.
  • Vivaldi: Concerto in G, "Paris 1," RV 157. La Serenissima, Chandler. Avie 2178.
12 N
  • Williams, J.: Star Wars, Main Title. Skywalker Sym, Williams, Sony 60991.
  • Fritze, G.: Petite Suite for brass quintet. HoddleBug Brass. Albany 1173.
  • Beethoven: Rondo in C major, Op. 51/5. Olli Mustonen. London 452 206.
  • Schumann: Violin Concerto in D minor. Joshua Bell, Cleveland Orch, Dohnanyi. London 444 811.
1 PM
  • Weiss: Lute Sonata No. 46 in A major. Robert Barto, baroque lute. Naxos 8.554557.
  • Assad, S.: Concerto Originis. Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Sergio & Odair Assad, Sao Paolo State Sym, Neschling. NSS 07.

Monday, May 3

Thank you so much for your support during GPB Radio's spring membership campaign. The drive wrapped up successfully on April 23 thanks to the generosity of listeners like you. It's never too late to contribute, if you meant to: gpb.org is the place to support the programs you value on Georgia Public Broadcasting.


Thanks also to Eric Nauert and Russell Wells for hosting Midday Music last week (playlists here). Glad to be back with you now. Here's today's playlist, featuring Gil Shaham's new recording of the Mendelssohn Octet. - Sarah

11 AM
  • Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major. Ensemble Sonnerie, Huggett. Avie 2171.
  • Neves: Choro No. 2; Valsa No. 3. David Russell. Telarc 31979.
  • Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat. Gil Shaham, Sejong Soloists.
12 N
  • Bernstein, E./Russ: To Kill a Mockingbird: Main Title. Desirae & Deondra Brown. E1E-CD-2041.
  • Anderson, G.: Over the Rainbow (based on Harold Arlen, The Wizard of Oz). The Five Browns. E1E-CD-2041.
  • Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525. Prague Chamber Orch, Mackerras. Telarc 80108.
  • Wagenaar: Summer of Life, fantasy for orchestra. Northwest German Phil, Hermus. CPO 777 479.
  • Liszt: La Campanella. Marc-Andre Hamelin. Hyperion 67370.
1 PM
  • Debussy/Ravel: Danse. Minnesota Orch, Oue. Reference 79.
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor. Nareh Argamanyan. Analekta 8762.
  • Tavener: A Hymn to the Mother of God; and Josquin: Ave Maria. Gabrieli Consort, McCreesh. DG 477 7635.
  • Sowash: Enchantement d'avril. Trio les Gavottes. www.sowash.com.

Monday, April 19

11 AM

  • Turkish/Sephardic/Armenian: tracks 12-15 from the CD Istanbul. Hesperion XXI, Savall. Alia Vox 9870.
  • Rodrigo: Concierto Serenata: 1st mvmt. Gwyneth Wentink, Asturias Sym, Valdes. Naxos 8.555843.
  • Chopin: Three Ecossaises Op. 113, "Butterfly" Etude, Preludes in B major and C minor, and Mazurka in B minor, played respectively by Pletnev, Ashkenazy, Gulda and Michelangeli. DG 13976 (Chopin Gold).
  • Hartmann: Hakon Jarl. Danish National Sym Orch, Dausgaard. Dacapo 8.226103-04.
12 N
  • Traditional British: Scotch Cap (1651); Canaries (1620s). Baltimore Consort. Dorian 90601.
  • Wagner: The Flying Dutchman, Overture. Cleveland Orch, Szell. CBS 38486.
  • Lhoyer: Duo Concertante in E minor for two guitars, Op. 31/3. Josiane Rabemananjara, Philippe Spinosi. Naive 30396.
  • Chopin: Mazurka in A minor and Grande Valse Brillante in E-flat, played respectively by Vladimir Horowitz and Zoltan Kocsis. DG 13976 (Chopin Gold).
1 PM
  • Gliere: Bronze Horseman: Dancing Scene. BBC Phil, Downes. Chandos 9379.
  • Khatchaturian: Spartacus: Adagio. Swedish Radio Sym, Svetlanov. Ondine 938.
  • Biber: Violin Sonata No. 3: Variatio. Romanesca. Harmonia Mundi 907134.35.
  • Copland: The Red Pony, Film Suite: conclusion. Buffalo Phil, Falletta. Naxos 8.559240.

Frirday, April 16

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Thursday, April 15

11 AM

  • Chopin: Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp minor. Maria Joao Pires. DG 13976 (Chopin Gold).
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. Concerto Italiano, Alessandrini. Naive 30412.
  • Goldmark: Rustic Wedding: Wedding March. Pittsburgh Sym, Previn.
  • Chopin: Preludes in E minor and A major, Op. 28, Nos. 4 & 7. Rafal Blechacz. DG 13976 (Chopin Gold).
12 N
  • Chopin: Berceuse in D-flat. Helene Grimaud. DG 13976 (Chopin Gold).
  • Mahon: Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in F major. Colin Lawson, Parley of Instruments, Holman. Hyperion 66896.
  • Keillor: "Unfriended"
  • Tyson: A Ceiling Full of Stars. TCU Percussion Ensemble, West. Albany 1159.
1 PM
  • Chopin: Nocturne in E-flat, Op. 9/2. Daniel Barenboim. DG 13976 (Chopin Gold).
  • Bernstein: On the Town: Three Dance Episodes. Bournemouth Sym, Alsop. Naxos 8.559177.
  • Schubert: Magic Harp (Rosamunde) Overture. Chamber Orch of Europe, Abbado. DG 423 656.
  • Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor. Maurizio Pollini. DG 13976 (Chopin Gold).

Wednesday, April 14

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11 AM
  • Chopin: "Heroic" Polonaise. Maurizio Pollini. DG B13986 (Chopin Gold).
  • Holst: St. Paul's Suite. English Sinfonia, Griffiths. Naxos 8.570339.
  • Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Prelude. Philadelphia Orch, Thielemann. DG 289 453 485.
  • Chopin: "Raindrop" Prelude. Martha Argerich. DG B13986 (Chopin Gold).
12 N
  • Marquez: Danzon No. 2. Simon Bolivar Youth Orch of Venezulela, Dudamel. DG B13458.
  • Chopin: "Minute" Waltz; Waltz in C-sharp minor. Maria Joao Pires; Sara Alice Ott. DG B13986 (Chopin Gold).
  • Susato: The Danserye, selections. University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Junkin. Reference 104.
  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique: March to the Scaffold. Berlin, Phil, Rattle.
1 PM
  • Chopin: "Revolutionary" Etude. Vladimir Ashkenazy. DG B13986 (Chopin Gold).
  • Strauss: Capriccio: Sextet (Overture). Scottish National Orch, Jarvi. Chandos 8758.
  • Prokofiev: Two Pushkin Waltzes, Op. 120. Scottish National Orch, Jarvi. Chandos 8472.
  • Handel: Harp Concerto in B-flat, Op. 4/6. Maxine Eilander, Tafelmusik Baroque Orch, Lamon. Analekta 9811.

Tuesday, April 13

11 AM

  • Friml: From Bohemian Woods; Mazurka. Stephanie Chase, Sara Davis Buechner. Koch 7662.
  • Strauss: On a Forest Path, Op. 91, transcr winds. National Chamber Players, Graham. Klavier 11114.
  • Sibelius: Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 75, "The Trees" (When the Rowan Flowers, The Lonely Pine, The Aspen, The Birch, The Spruce). Ralf Gothoni. Ondine 847.
  • Hovhaness: String Quartet No. 4, "The Ancient Tree" ("Under the Ancient Maple Tree"). Shanghai quartet. Delos 3162.
  • Traditional Scottish: The Flowers of the Forest. Puirt a Baroque. Marquis 7471-81223.
  • York, A.: Muir Woods. Andrew York (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet). Sony 60274.
12 N
  • Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile. Scottish Chamber Orch, Serebrier. ASV 719.
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major. Barry Douglas, Camerata Ireland. Satirino 063.
  • Higdon, J.: Zaka. eighth blackbird. Cedille 90000 0694.
1 PM
  • Reinecke: Trio in A minor for oboe, horn and piano, Op. 188. Dallas Chamber Players. Klavier 11050.
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 8 in G major, "Evening." Philharmonia Hungarica, Dorati. London 421 627.
  • Rubinstein: Kammenoi-Ostrow, Op. 10/22. Zora Mihailovich. Centaur 2235.

Monday, April 12

Trees and forests - a musical sylvan sojourn.

11 AM
  • Wagner: Forest Murmurs, from Siegfried. Met Orch, Levine. DG 447 764.
  • Popper: In the Woods (Im Walde, Op. 50). Wendy Warner, Eileen Buck. Cedille 011.
  • Respighi: The Pines of Rome. Berlin Phil, Karajan. DG 449 724.
12 N
  • Dvorak: Silent Woods (Waldesruhe, Op. 68/5). Han-Na Chang, Philharmonia Orch, Slatkin. EMI 562507.
  • Higdon: Peachtree Street, from CityScape. Atlanta Sym, Spano. Telarc 80620.
  • Rudnev: The Old Lime Tree. Artyom Dervoed. Naxos 8.570447.
  • Schumann: Forest Scenes (Waldszenen, Op. 82). Dejan Lazic. Channel 27609.
  • Handel: Semele: Where'er you walk. Ian Bostridge, Orch of the Age of Enlightenment. EMI 82243.
1 PM
  • Stravinsky: Dumbarton Oaks, Concerto in E-flat for Chamber Orchestra. Orpheus Chamber Orch. DG 445 541.
  • Tournier: Toward the Spring in the Woods (Vers la Source dans le Bois). Yolanda Kondonassis. Telarc 80488.
  • Bax: The Tale the Pine-Trees Knew. Ulster Orch, Thomson. Chandos 8367.
  • Smetana: From Bohemias Woods and Fields, from Ma Vlast.

Wednesday, April 7

(For Thursday and Friday's playlists, see April 8-9 in my co-hosts' listings here.)

11 AM
  • Vivaldi: Four Seasons: Spring. Stefania Azzaro, Concerto Italiano, Alessandrini. Naive 30363.
  • Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony: mvts 2-4. Russian National Orch, Pletnev.
  • Yi, C.: Jing Marimba. Gordon Stout. Bridge 9311.
12 N
  • Bizet: L'Arlesienne, Suite No. 2. Montreal Sym, Dutoit. London 417 839.
  • Ponce: La Pajarera. David Russell. Telarc 31979.
  • Beethoven: Triple Concerto for piano, violin and cello in C major. Barry Douglas, Chee-Yun, Andres Diaz, Camerata Ireland. Satirino 073.
1 PM
  • Widor: Suite for Flute and Piano, Op. 34. James Galway, Christopher O'Riley. BMG RCA 68351.
  • Muffat: Propitious Constellations (Concerto Grosso No. 12 in G major). Musica Aeterna Bratislava, Zajicek. Naxos 555743.
  • Schumann: Fantasy in C for violin and piano, Op. 131. Jennifer Koh, Reiko Uchida. Cedille 073.

Tuesday, April 6

11 AM

  • Leo: Cello Concerto in D minor. Christina Mahler, Tafelmusik, Lamon. Analekta 9815.
  • Bruch: Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 83: Nos. 5-8. Kirkbride, Levine, Woods. Summit 259.
  • Debussy: Petite Suite. Philharmonia Orch, Simon. Cala 1025.
12 N
  • Traditional Norwegian/Fuglseth: The Song of Roland. Trio Mediaeval. ECM 2003.
  • Lajtha: Hortobagy: Gallop in the Puszta. Pecs Sym, Pasquet. Marco Polo 223667.
  • Farrenc: Nonette in E-flat, Op. 38. Bernold, Leleux, Guyot et al. Naive 5033.
  • Sarasate: Miramar; Viva Sevilla! Tianwa Yang, Navarra Sym, Izquierdo. Naxos 8.572191.
1 PM
  • Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in B minor. Royal Stockholm Phil, Rozhdestvensky. Brilliant 93348.
  • Pierne: Impromptu-Caprice for harp, Op. 9. Susann McDonald. Klavier 11133.
  • Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending. Hilary Hahn, London Sym, Davis. DG 3026.

Monday, April 5

11 AM

  • Bach: Easter Oratorio, BWV 249: first three movements. Taverner Consort and Players, Parrott. Virgin 62068.
  • Mozart: Divertimento No. 16 in E-flat for winds, K. 289. Consortium Classicum, Kloecker. CPO 999 822.
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture. Baltimore Sym, Zinman. Telarc 80378.
  • Schimmel, C.: Serving Size 4 Bunnies. Line C3 percussion ensemble. LineC3.com, CarlSchimmel.com.
12 N
  • Weill: Threepenny Opera, Suite. Chicago Pro Musica. Reference 2102.
  • Rodrigo: Concierto Serenata for harp and orchestra (1952). Gwyneth Wentink, Asturias Sym, Valdes. Naxos 8.555843.
  • Rossini: Barber of Seville, Overture, arr. trombone and piano. Joseph Alessi, Warren Jones. Naxos 8.570232.
1 PM
  • Zenamon: Sonatina Andina for two guitars. Julian Gray, Ronald Pearl. Dorian 90230.
  • Schumann: String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 41/4. Eroica Quartet. Harmonia Mundi 907270.
  • Bach: Oboe Concerto in A major after Keyboard Concerto No. 4, BWV 1055. John Abberger and ensemble. Analekta 9910.

Wednesday, March 31

11 AM

  • Brahms: Naenie (Song of Lamentation). San Francisco Sym & Chorus, Blomstedt. London 430 281.
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111. Simone Dinnerstein. Telarc 80715.
  • Tavener: Lamentations and Praises (2001): Stasis III. Chanticleer, Handel & Haydn Society, Jennings. Teldec 09274 13422.
12 N
  • Biber: The Carrying of the Cross (Sonata No. 9 from The Mystery Sonatas). John Holloway, Tragicomedia, Moroney. Virgin 90838.
  • Victoria: The Mystery of the Cross: Lamentations for Maundy Thursday. The Sixteen, Christophers. Coro 16021.
  • Perkinson: Lamentations: Black/Folk Suite for solo cello (1973). Tahirah Washington. Cedille 087.
  • Svendsen: Andante Funebre. Latvian National Sym, Mikkelsen. CPO 777 372.
1 PM
  • Veracini: Violin Sonata Op. 1/6 in E minor. Enrico Casazza, La Magnifica Comunita. Brilliant 93809.
  • Dohnanyi: Sextet in C major for piano, strings and winds, Op. 37. Andras Schiff, members of Takacs Quartet, Berkes, Vlatkovic. London 421 423.
  • Stanford: Concert Variations upon an English Theme: Finale. Margaret Fingerhut, Ulster Orch, Handley. Chandos 8736.

Tuesday, March 30

11 AM

  • Palestrina: Stabat Mater a 8. Taverner Consort, Parrott. EMI 47699.
  • Golijov: Tenebrae (2002-3). Kronos Quartet. DG 9069.
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466. Richard Goode, Orpheus Chamber Orch. Nonesuch 79439.
12 N
  • Lawes: Harp Consorts in D major (nos. 9, 5 and 6). Maxine Eilander, Les Voix Humaines. Atma 2372.
  • Bloch: Baal Shem Suite, "Three Pictures of Chassidic Life." Vadim Gluzman, Sao Paolo Sym, Neschling. BIS 1662.
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 26 in D minor, "Lamentatione." English Concert, Pinnock. Archiv 427 662.
1 PM
  • Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G major. Simone Dinnerstein. Telarc 80715.
  • Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia. New York Phil, Bernstein. Sony 63076.
  • Beethoven: String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat, Op. 18/6. Miro Quartet. Vanguard 1655.

Monday, March 29

Holy Week is starting for western Christian churches. There's no shortage of great choral music for those observances, and we'll hear some later in the week. Meanwhile, Passover also begins tonight. Today we hear three tracks from a new CD of wide-ranging Jewish music from Atlanta's Congregation Bet Haverim. Full disclosure: I play violin (and a little viola) on that disc.

11 AM
  • Telemann: Recorder Concerto in F major. Daniel Rothert, Cologne Chamber Orch, Muller-Bruhl. Naxos 8.554018.
  • Adolphe, B.: Couple (1998). Wu Han, David Finckel. ArtistLed 11001.
  • Rosner, A.: A Sephardic Rhapsody. Altoona Sym Orch, Palmer. Albany 548.
  • Biber: Mensa Sonora: Suite No. 5 in E major. Baroque Band, Clarke. Cedille 90000 116.
12 N
  • Traditional Hasidic/Warschauer: Meron Niggun (Tune from Meron). Congregation Bet Haverim, Atlanta. congregationbethaverim.org/music.
  • Traditional Hasidic/Robertson: Karev Yom (A Day Is Coming). Congregation Bet Haverim, Atlanta (vocal soloist Danielle Sansone). congregationbethaverim.org/music.
  • Copland: Rodeo: Corral Nocturne; Hoedown. Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Delos 3163.
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major: mvts 2-4. London Sym, Haitink. LSO 0078.
  • Mendelssohn Hensel: Songs without Words, Op. 8, nos. 1, 3, 4. Sylviane Deferne. CBC 1122.
1 PM
  • Mendelssohn: Elijah: Lift Thine Eyes. Bonney, Schellenberg, Simpson. Telarc 80389.
  • Paganini: Moses Fantasy (Variation on the G string on a theme from Rossini's Moses in Egypt). Vadim Repin, Alexander Markovich. Erato 39845487.
  • Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor. Royal Concertgebouw Orch, Harnoncourt. Teldec 3984 21278.
  • Keki, J.J.: Psalm 136, sung in Ugandan and Hebrew. Congregation Bet Haverim, Atlanta (vocal soloist Brad Davidorf). congregationbethaverim.org/music.

Wednesday, March 24

11 AM

  • Biber: Mensa Sonora: Suite No. 1 in D major. Baroque Band, Clarke. Cedille 116.
  • Schubert: Twelve German Dances, Op. post. 171, D. 790. Stephen Kovacevich. EMI 55359.
  • Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor. Janos Starker, Philharmonia Orch, Slatkin. BMG RCA 61695.
  • Blumenfeld: Etude for the Left Hand Alone. Marc-Andre Hamelin. Hyperion 67275.
12 N
  • Barber: School for Scandal, Overture. Saint Louis Sym, Slatkin. EMI 49463.
  • Nielsen: Symphony No. 2, "The Four Temperaments." San Francisco Sym, Blomstedt. London 430 280.
  • Vivaldi: Concerto in C major for oboe and two violins, RV 554. Collegium Musicum 90, Standage. Chandos 0528.
1 PM
  • Sarasate: Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43. Sergiu Schwartz, Tao Lin. Romeo 7246.
  • Napravnik: Piano Concerto in A minor (Concerto Symphonique), Op. 27. Evgeny Soifertis, BBC Scottish Sym, Titov. Hyperion 67511.
  • Handel: Sonata in D minor, HWV 367. Amarillis. Ambroisie 9910.

Tuesday, March 23

11 AM

  • Bach: Solo Cello Suite No. 6 in D major. Zuill Bailey. Telarc 31978.
  • Elgar: Mauresque, from Three Characteristic Pieces, Op. 10. New Zealand Sym, Judd. Naxos 8.557577.
  • Faure/Klaveren: Pelleas and Melisande, Op. 80, arr. saxophones and piano. Amstel Quartet, Wijland van Klaveren. Concert Artsts Guild 102.
  • Elgar: Bavarian Dance No. 3. New Zealand Sym, Judd. Naxos 8.557577.
12 N
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, "Eroica." Vienna Philharmonic, Solti (1959, remastered). Decca 289 467 679.
1 PM
  • Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat, Op. 18. Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. Chandos 9151.
  • Selections from the CD Istanbul (tracks 6-8). Hesperion XXI, Savall. Alia Vox 9870.

Monday, March 22

Thanks to Russell Wells and Eric Nauert for hosting Midday Music all last week. And on with today's show:


11 AM
  • Williams, John: Air and Simple Gifts. Perlman, McGill, Ma, Montero. Sony Classical.
  • Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66. Emanuel Ax, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma. Sony 88697 52192.
  • Albeniz: Iberia, Book 1. Cincinnati Sym, Lopez-Cobos. Telarc 80470.
12 N
  • Dvorak: Rusalka: Song to the Moon, arr. cello and orch. Ophelie Gaillard, Royal Phil, Redmond. Atlas AP001.
  • Tyson, Blake: A Ceiling Full of Stars. TCU Percussion Ensemble, West. Albany 1159.
  • Biber: Mensa Sonora, No. 4 in B-flat. Baroque Band. Cedille 116.
  • Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 11. Evgeny Kissin. RCA 63885.
1 PM
  • Elgar: Romance for bassoon and orchestra. Preman Tilson, New Zealand Sym, Judd. Naxos 8.557577.
  • Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major. Andrew Manze, English Concert. Harmonia Mundi 907385.
  • Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave. Israel Phil, Mehta. Teldec 4509-90201.
  • Rameau/Godowsky: Elegy (Two Gigues); Albeniz/Godowsky: Tango, Op. 165/2. Dmitry Paperno. Cedille 074.

Wednesday, March 10

(Playlists for Midday Music March 11-19 with hosts Russell Wells and Eric Nauert can be found here. I'm back on the 22nd. -SZ)


11 AM
  • Faure: Sicilienne from Pelleas and Melisande. Marc Grauwels, Belgian Radio and Television Sym, Vandernoot. Naxos 8.555977.
  • Bach: Concerto for Oboe and Violin in D minor, BWV 1060. Nigel Kennedy, Albrecht Mayer, Berlin Phil. EMI 57091.
  • Guarnieri: Four Pieces for Guitar Quartet. Brazilian Guitar Quartet. Delos 3245.
  • Glinka: Nocturne. Elizabeth Hainen: Naxos 8.555791.
  • Wagner: Siegfried Idyll. Northern Sinfonia, Hickox. Chandos 9354.
12 N
  • Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat, Op. 99. Wu Han, Philip Setzer, Finckel. ArtistLed 10802.
  • Schumann: Abends am Strand. Gerald Finley, Julius Drake. Hyperion 67676.
  • Irish traditional: Slip Jigs; Reels. Patrick Street. Loftus LM002.
  • Irish traditional, arr. Farber: Medley of Hornpipes; Medley of Reels. John O'Connor, Irish Chamber Orch, Farber. Warren Schatz CD-14.
1 PM
  • Rachmaninoff: Melodie; Corelli Variations. Kirill Gerstein. (Noncommercial recording from Verbier Festival 2009.)
  • Dvorak: Czech Suite, Op. 39. Czech Philhamonic Orch, Pesek. Virgin 90769.

Tuesday, March 9

American composer Samuel Barber was born 100 years ago today, March 9, 1910. In honor of his centennial, a bit of Barber in every hour of Midday Music.


11 AM
  • Barber: Canzone, Op. 38. Gil Shaham, Andre Previn. DG 289 453 470.
  • Feuillet, ed.; Angelbert, arr.: A l'espagnole. Andrew Lawrence-King. Harmonia Mundi 907335.
  • Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947 version). Israel Phil, Boris Berman, Bernstein. DG 445 538.
12 N
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 14 in A major, K. 114. Prague Chamber Orch, Mackerras. Telarc 80242.
  • De la Barre: Suite in G major, "L'inconnue." Stallman, Swanborn, Bennion. Bogner's Cafe 104.
  • Barber: Adagio for Strings. Cincinnati Pops, Kunzel. Telarc 80474.
  • Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme. Misha Maisky, Orpheus Chamber Orch. DG 453 460.
1 PM
  • Gaubert: Sonatine Quasi Fantasia. Fenwick Smith, Sally Pinkas. Naxos 8.557306.
  • Barber: Serenade for Strings, Op. 1; Music for a Scene from Shelley. Royal Scottish National Orch, Alsop. Naxos 8.559044.
  • Janacek: String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters": finale. Pacifica Quartet. Cedille 092.
  • Josquin: Agnus Dei, from Missa Ave Maris Stella. A Sei Voci, Fabre-Garrus. Naive 8892.

Monday, March 8

11 AM

  • Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Ballet, Suite No. 1. Cincinnati Sym, Jarvi. Telarc 80597.
  • Schubert/Liszt: Der Erlkonig. Kirill Gerstein. Verbier Festival, July 2009 (not commercially available).
  • Bach: English Suite in A minor. Kirill Gerstein. Verbier Festival, July 2009 (not commercially available).
12 N
  • York: Tuba Concerto. Timothy Buzbee, Iceland Sym, Bairos. Albany 1133.
  • Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 5/1. Zuill Bailey, Simone Dinnerstein. Telarc 80740.
  • Raff: La Fileuse. Philip Martin. Hyperion 67379.
1 PM
  • Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat for violin and viola, K. 364. Julia Fischer, Gordan Nikolic, Netherlands Phil, Kreizberg. PentaTone 5186 098.
  • Debussy: First Rhapsody for clarinet and piano. David Shifrin, Andre Watts. Delos 3167.
  • Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in C minor. Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima. Avie 2178.

Thursday-Friday, March 4-5

Midday Music playlists for days not hosted by Sarah Zaslaw are found here.

Wednesday, March 3

11 AM

  • Chopin: Waltz in A minor, Op. post.; Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64/2. Alexandre Tharaud. Harmonia Mundi 901927.
  • Strauss: Oboe Concerto in D major. Ray Still, Academy of Longon, Stamp. Virgin 90813.
  • Debussy: La Mer. Cleveland Orch, Boulez. DG 439 896.
12 N
  • Bernstein: On the Town: Three Dance Episodes. Bournemouth Sym, Alsop. Naxos 8.559177.
  • Chopin: Waltz in B minor, Op. 69/2; Waltz in D-flat, Op. 64/1 ("Minute"). Alexandre Tharaud. Harmonia Mundi 901927.
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat ("Emperor"). Till Fellner, Montreal Sym, Nagano. ECM 2114.
1 PM
  • Vivaldi: Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 8/9, RV 454. Alfredo Bernardini, Zefiro Baroque Orch. Naive 30409.
  • Mozart: String Quintet in C major, K. 515. Artis Quartet, Michael Schnitzler. Sony 46483.
  • Chopin: Waltz in E-flat, Op. post; Waltz in E-flat, Op. 18, "Valse brillante." Alexandre Tharaud. Harmonia Mundi 901927.

Tuesday, March 2

Chopin festivities continue! Today's featured recording introduces Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz, winner of the 2005 Warsaw Chopin Competition, in Chopin preludes and nocturnes. As it happens, Rafal Blechacz performs in Georgia this Saturday, March 6. He'll be playing Chopin and more at Spivey Hall, Clayton State campus, Morrow.

11 AM
  • Chopin: Preludes, Op. 28, Nos. 1-9. Rafal Blechacz. DG 10870.
  • Dopper: Symphony No. 7, "Zuider Zee." Netherlands Radio Sym Orch, Bakels. NM 92060.
  • Chopin: Preludes in C-sharp minor, Op. 45. Rafal Blechacz. DG 10870.
12 N
  • Chopin: Preludes, Op. 28, Nos. 10-17. Rafal Blechacz. DG 10870.
  • Corelli: Violin Sonata in D major, Op. 5/1. Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr. Harmonia Mundi 907298.99.
  • Poulenc: Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos and Orchestra. Guher & Suher Pekinel, French Radio Phil Orch, Jarowski. Teldec 2292-46155.
  • Chopin: Nocturne in B major, Op. 62/1. Rafal Blechacz. DG 10870.
1 PM
  • Chopin: Preludes, Op. 28, Nos. 18-24. Rafal Blechacz. DG 10870.
  • Ravel: String Quartet in F major. Avalon String Quartet. Channel 14898.
  • Chopin: Nocturne in E major, Op. 62/2. Rafal Blechacz. DG 10870.

Monday, March 1

It's Frederic Chopin's 200th birthday. Happy Chopin bicentennial! Where would piano music be without him? Romantic music? Music altogether? Even his etudes ("studies") have the power to move. The Chopin celebration kicks off today - with Garrick Ohlsson playing etudes, Nelson Freire playing a sonata and Emanuel Ax in a piece for piano and orchestra - and continues all week on GPB.


11 AM
  • Chopin: Etude in C major, Op. 10/1. Garrick Ohlsson. Arabesque 6718.
  • Chopin: Etude in C-sharp minor, Op. 25/7. Garrick Ohlsson. Arabesque 6718.
  • Chopin/Glazunov: Chopiniana, Op. 46. Moscow Sym Orch, Ziva. Naxos 8.555048.
  • Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58. Nelson Freire. Decca 289 470 288.
  • Chopin: "Black Key" Etude in G-flat major, Op. 10/5. Garrick Ohlsson. Arabesque 6718.
12 N
  • Chopin: "Aeolian Harp" Etude in A-flat, Op. 25/1. Garrick Ohlsson. Arabesque 6718.
  • Chopin: Variations on Mozart's "La ci darem la mano." Emanuel Ax, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Mackerras. Sony 60771.
  • Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581. Stanley Drucker, Elysium String Quartet. Elysium 716.
  • Chopin: "Revolutionary" Etude in C minor, Op. 10/12. Garrick Ohlsson. Arabesque 6718.
1 PM
  • Chopin: Etude in F major, Op. 10/8. Garrick Ohlsson. Arabesque 6718.
  • Chopin: Bolero in C major, Op. 19. Roland Pontinen. BIS 673.
  • Szymanowski: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat. Warsaw Phil, Ewa Marczyk, Wit. Naxos 8.570721.
  • Chopin: Etude in C minor, Op. 25/12. Garrick Ohlsson. Arabesque 6718.

Thursday, February 25

If you heard me mention a Georgia concert of interest in connection with one of these pieces and want the full scoop, please check out the links in the February calendar below. Friday's Midday Music will come to you from GPB's Savannah station WSVH, as usual. Enjoy, and see you on Monday.

11 AM
  • Telemann: Violin Concerto in A major, "The Frogs" (Die Relinge). Pavlo Beznosiuk, New London Consort, Pickett. Decca 455 621.
  • Harbison: Songs America Loves to Sing (2004). Atlanta Chamber Players. MSR 1190.
  • Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le Toit (The Bull on the Roof). National Orch of Lille, Casadesus. Naxos 8.557287.
12 N
  • Philidor: Sonata in D minor. Robert Stallman, Edwin Swanborn, Karl Bennion. Bogner's Cafe 104.
  • Golijov: Air to Air: Aiini Taqtiru (My Eyes Weep). Silk Road Ensemble. World Village 468095.
  • Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture. London Sym, Wordsworth. Virgin 391372.
  • Dvorak: String Quartet in E-flat, Op. 51. Alban Berg Quartet. EMI 57013.
1 PM
  • Atterberg: Symphony No. 4 in G minor, "Sinfonia Piccola." Frankfurt Radio Sym, Rasilainen. CPO 999 639 (in CPO box 777 118).
  • Liszt (after Verdi): Sacred Dance and Final Duet from Aida. Alexandre Dossin. Naxos 8.557904.
  • Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-flat, K. 447. Eric Ruske, Scottish Chamber Orch, Mackerras. Telarc 80367.

Wednesday, February 24

Thanks to Russell Wells for hosting Tuesday's show (playlist here). Today on GPB's Midday Music: just over an hour's worth of music used in the ladies' figure skating short programs in Vancouver, and then on to concert tie-ins and more.


11 AM
  • Mozart/Levin: Requiem, K. 626: Lacrimosa, Amen. Atlanta Sym Orch & Chamber Chorus, Runnicles. Telarc 80636. (Miki Ando, Japan.)
  • Chopin: Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor, Op. post. Therese Motard, Louise-Andree Baril. Analekta 3142. (Carolina Kostner, Italy)
  • Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major. Gil Shaham, Singapore Sym, Shui. Canary CC04. (Carolina Kostner, Italy.)
  • Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango: Night Club 1960. Emmanuel Pahud, Manuel Barrueco. EMI 56578.
  • Rodriguez: La Cumparsita. London Cello Sound, Simon. Cala 0109. (Joannie Rochette, Canada.)
12 N
  • Khatchaturian: Masquerade: Waltz. French Radio Phil. Jarvi. Virgin 45609. (Mao Asada, Japan.)
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201. English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner. Philips 412 736.
  • Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor. Therese Motard, Louise-Andree Baril. Analekta 3142.
1 PM
  • Verdi: Aida: Triumphal March, arr. wind band. United States Marine Band, Colburn. Naxos 8.570243.
  • Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47. Rabinovitch, Schwartzberg, Imai, Gutman. EMI 55484.
  • Bach: Trio Sonata, BWV 529. Musica Pacifica. Virgin 45192.

Monday, February 22

11 AM

  • Dolle: Suite No. 1 in G major for viola da gamba and continuo. Petr Wagner, Jacques Ogg. Dorian 93246.
  • Weber: Clarinet Concerto in E-flat, Op. 26. Emma Johnson, English Chamber Orch, Groves. ASV 4001.
  • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber. Atlanta Sym, Shaw. Telarc 80606.
12 N
  • Chopin: Andante Spianato, Op. 22: mvt 1. David Duckworth. pianospa.com.
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 23 in G major. Academy of Ancient Music, Hogwood. L'Oiseau-Lyre 430 082.
  • Prokofiev: Flute Sonata in D major, Op. 94. Emmanuel Pahud, Stephan Kovacevich. EMI 56982.
  • Baermann: Adagio for clarinet and strings. Emma Johnson, English Chamber Orch, Groves. ASV 4001.
1 PM
  • Couperin: Divertissement No. 5, "Les Plaisirs de l'Ile Enchante." Capriccio Stravagante, Sempe. Naive 8820.
  • Brahms: "Double" Concerto in A minor for violin, cello and orchestra. David Oistrakh, Pierre Fournier, Philharmonia Orch, Galliera. EMI 81487.


Thursday, February 18

Want to see violinist Leila Josefowicz live in Atlanta, take in Baroque music with Symphony Orchestra Augusta on Saturday, or attend the Albany Symphony's cycle of Brandenburg Concertos, also Saturday? Check out our February Concert Calendar and go forth and see! And meanwhile, thanks for listening to Midday Music on GPB. Friday's show will come to you, as usual, from GPB's station in Savannah, WSVH (their playlists live here). Have a great weekend.

11 AM
  • Berwald: Grand Septet in B-flat. Gaudier Ensemble. Hyperion 66834.
  • Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito, Overture. Freiburg Baroque Orch, Jacobs. Harmonia Mundi 901923.24.
  • Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18/1. Tokyo String Quartet. Harmonia Mundi 907436.37.
12 N
  • Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia. Minnesota Orch, Oue. Reference 80.
  • Grieg: Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor. Leila Josefowicz, John Novacek. Philips 456 571.
  • Bach: Oboe d'Amore Concerto in D major, BWV 1053. Thomas Stacy, Toronto Chamber Orch, Mallon. Naxos 8.570735.
  • Anonymous, 1630s: Adew, Dundee. Baltimore Consort. Dorian 90801.
1 PM
  • Piazzolla: Tango Suite for two guitars. Katona Twins. Channel 19804.
  • Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra. Joshua Bell, Montreal Sym, Dutoit. London 425 501.

Wednesday, February 17

Yep, more Olympic figure skating music, from the men's short program in Vancouver. Then it's rep from upcoming concerts across Georgia.


11 AM
  • Rossini: William Tell Overture. Montreal Sym, Dutoit. London 433 074. (Stephane Lambiel, Switzerland.)
  • Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez: slow movement. Alfonso Moreno, London Sym, Batiz. (Yevgeny Plushenko, Russia.)
  • Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain. Cincinnati Sym, Jarvi. (Kevin Van Der Perren, Belgium.)
  • Beethoven: "Moonlight" Sonata in C-sharp minor. Stephen Kovacevich. EMI 57131. (Viktor Pfeifer, Austria.)
  • Stravinsky: Firebird: finale. Cinconnati Pops, Kunzel. Telarc 80625.
12 N
  • Rachmaninoff: Elegiac Trio No. 1 in G minor. Bekova Sisters. Chandos 9329. (The Paris Piano Trio performs this piece plus Chopin and Mozart Thursday, February 18 at Auburn University, presented by the Auburn Chamber Music Society, 334-887-9379.)
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat. Academy of Ancient Music, Egarr. Harmonia Mundi 807461.62. (In south Georgia, principal players of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, with music director Claire Fox Hillard, offer all six of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos Saturday at Albany Municipal Auditorium.)
  • Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op. 66a. Boston Sym, Ozawa. DG 435 619. (Sunday, February 21 at 3 p.m. the Moscow Festival Ballet performs Tchaikovsky's full ballet The Sleeping Beauty at Macon's Grand Opera House.)
  • Daugherty: Lincoln Letters: Abraham Lincoln Is My Name. Thomas Hampson, Spokane Sym, Preu. E1 7725. (Great baritone Thomas Hampson sings "Songs of America" in Atlanta this Friday.)
1 PM
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183. Concentus Musicus Vienna, Harnoncourt. DHM 75736. (Symphony Orchestra Augusta caps off an otherwise Baroque program with this early gem by Mozart, Saturday, 7:30 at First Baptist of Augusta.)
  • Gershwin/Heifetz: Porgy and Bess Suite; & Traditional spiritual/Heifetz: Deep River. Leila Josefowicz, John Novacek. Philips 289 462 948. (Leila Josefowicz performs Prokofiev with the Atlanta Symphony and Roberto Abbado this Thursday through Saturday in Atlanta.)