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 email@example.com 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.