Classical Tune-Up

Zigs and Zags!


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Hi all you music lovers!

Tonight’s show was a zig and zag across the centuries… So I would tell you to listen to the recorded stream on the music player and challenge yourself with a peppering of amazing music.

No kidding! 

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Evocation à la Chapelle Sixtine Andreas Rothkopf, organ

(Sauer Organ, St. Petri Dom (Bremen)

Franz Liszt:  Works for Organ, Vol. 1 Naxos (2001)
7:18 Anon. Messe de Pâques:

I. Trope: Paschale Carmen – Introït Resurrexi

II. Graduel Hec Dies

III. Alleluia V. Pascha Nostrum V. Epulemur

IV. Antienne Ego Sum Alpha Et O

Dominique Vellard & Ensemble Gilles Binchois 11th Century French Polyphony Virgin Veritas (1996)
7:41 Donald Skirvin (b. 1946) Alchemy (2002):

I. Living gold

II. Cups of Fire

III. Jewelled (sic) blaze

IV. O Beauty

The Esoterics


Eric Banks, dir.

Immaginosa: American Inspiration and the Modern Madrigal Terpsichore Records (2012)
7:54 Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) Hérodiade (Version Without Words) Inscape

Richard Scerbo, conductor

Hindemith: Hérodiade – EP Sono Luminus (2014)
8:18 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Sonata Op. 120 No. 1 in F minor Lorenzo Coppela, clarinet

Andreas Staier, piano

Brahms: Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 120 Harmonia Mundi (2015)
  Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) Okho (for percussion ensemble) ST-X Ensemble

Charles Zachary Bornstein, conductor

Xenakis: Ensemble Music 2 Mode Records (1996)
9:00 Hildegard von Vingen (1098-1179) 4 Visions:

I. The fire of creation: Et ego homo; Et audivi

II. “Wisdom and Her Sisters: Vidi etiam; Prima autem

III. “The Fiery Spirit”: Iterumque vocem; Et imago

IV. “Love”: In vera; Et audivi vocem

Anonymous 4 The Origin of Fire – Music and Visions of Hildegard von Bingen Harmonia Mundi (2004)
9:23 Antiphon:  Caritas habundant in omnia
9:25 Antiphon: O eterne deus

Tonight on Classical Tune-Up, a Listener’s Request, and Then Some!

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Dear Musical Friend,

Tonight’s Classical Tune-Up starts up with a listener’s request — some cleanup of a kind — that continues where I left off in my last hosted show of July 8. More songs from Reynaldo Hahn as sung by Susan Graham! From there, this ride will take off with some 20th Century composers who will set your pants on fire! Can you dig it? Yes you can!

Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947)

So let’s start this ride with some more music from the Venezuelan/French composer, Mr. Hahn. Enjoy tonight’s Classical Tune-Up here on KUSP 88.9 and

-Christopher Smith



Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:


Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947) Songs (selections): Susan Graham, mezzo-sopranoRoger Vignoles, piano La Belle Époque: The Songs of Reynaldo Hahn Sony BMG (1998)
7:33 Attilio Ariosti (166-1729) Overture from Vespasiano (1724) Lawrence Zazzo, countertenorLa Nuova MusicaDir. David Bates A Royal Trio:Arias by Handel, Bononcini & Ariosti Harmonia Mundi (2014)
7:39 G. F. Handel  (1685-1759) ‘Rompo I lacci’ from Flavio (1723)
7:42 Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747) ‘Cosi stanco Pellegrino’ from Crispo (1721)
7:49 Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) All in Twilight, 1-4 David Tanenbaum Acoustic Counterpoint New Albion Records (1990)
8:04 Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Sonata in F Minor, Op. 80:1. Andante Assai2. Allegro Brusco3. Andante4. Allegrissimo The Weiss Duo (Sidney & Jeanne Weiss) Prokofiev, Sonatas for Violin and Piano Crystal Records (2015)
8:34 Max Kowalski (1882-1956) Acht Lieder auf Gedichte von Hafis Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone; Thérèse Lindquist, piano Max Kowalski: Lieder by Max Kowalski Bridge Records (2015)
8:47 Henry Cowell (1897-1965) Set of Five (1952) Kay Stern, violin; Sarah Fiene, cello; Josephine Gandolfi, piano; Rick Kvistad, percussion Henry Cowell: Set of Five – Four Combinations for Three Instruments – Hymn & Fuguing – Tune No. 9 – Trio in Nine Short Movements Koch International Classics (1995)
9:10 Elliott Carter (1908-2012) In Sleep, In Thunder: Six Poems of Robert Lowell for Tenor and 14 Instrumentalists (1981) Martyn Hill, tenorThe London SinfoniettaOliver Knussen, dir. Elliott Carter:  In Sleep, In Thunder – Triple Duo Wergo Records (1985/1995)


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Switching On to Bach




This evening you’re going to be treated to some unconventional music by some conventional composers (not!) with at least one unconventional — but famous — performance. How’s that for a start? But, you expect nothing less than that on Classical Tune-Up! So we start out with some


JS Bach, that is, with that performance for the ages that won a Grammy for its originality and relevance at a time when musical experimentation was all in vogue. With Wendy Carlos’ album, “Switched-On Bach.” That is in the first hour of this evening’s show. So take a seat if you can, recline, relax, and let Classical Tune-Up embellish your aural space!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 In G Major, BWV 1048:

I. Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Allegro moderato

Wendy Carlos, Moog Synthesizer Switched-On Bach Serendip (2001)
7:17 W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Major, K. 207:

I. Allegro moderato

II. Adagio

III. Preso

Rachel Barton Pine, violin


Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos & Sinfonia concertante RBP Music (2015)
7:46 Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983) Chansons Populaire (1952-55):

I. la Pernette Se Lève

II. Mon Père Toujous Me Crie

III. Jean de la Réole

IV. L’autre Jour en M’y Promenant

V. en Revenant de Nantes

Patrice Maginnis, soprano


Nicole A. Paiement, conducting the Porter String Quartet

Tailleferre: the Music of Germaine Tailleferre Intrada (1993)/Helicon Records (2009)
7:58 Sonata for Harp (1957):

I. Allegretto

II. Lento

III. Allegro gaiement

Jennifer Cass, harp
8:10 Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) Fantasma/Cantos (World Premier recording) Richard Stoltzman, clarinet


BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra

Tadaaki Otaka, conductor

Takemitsu:  Cantos BMG/RCA Victor Red Seal (1994)
8:31 Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999) Concierto de estio:

I. Preludio: Allegro molto leggiero

II. Siciliana: Andantino

III. Allegro ma non troppo

Mikhail Ovrutsky, Max Darman Bragado & Castile And Leon Symphony Orchestra Rodrigo: Concierto in modo galante – Concierto de Estio Naxos(2003)
8:57 Alban Berg (1885-1935) Lyric Suite:

I. Andante amoroso

II. Allegro misterioso

III. Adagio appassionato

Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra


Eri Klas, conductor

Berg: Violin Concerto Naxos (2002)
9:15 Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947) Songs (selections):

1. À Chloris

2. Le rossignol des lilas

3. L’Énamourée

4. From Études Latines: Tyndaris

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano


Roger Vignoles, piano

La Belle Époque: The Songs of Reynaldo Hahn Sony BMG (1998)

Some Big Symphonic Action with Mr. Anton Bruckner


Greetings to all of you who love music!

Tonight’s Classical Tune-Up will feature Symphony No. 9 in D minor by Anton Bruckner. 

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)

Bruckner is truly representative of the Austro-German romantic composers of the late-19th Century. As such, his music provides insights into the characters of more “radical” compatriots of the day such as Wagner or Hugo Wolf. However, his music combines elements of polyphony and surprising harmonic sequencing that is bold and fresh even today.

One of the challenges of presenting this type of music to a greater listening audience is the fact that these are quite often large-scale works, which often means that the playing times can be well in excess of one hour! But tonight, I decided to feed you some of this profound music, with its rich orchestration — typical of the late-19th Romantics — and pure symphonic drive. Enjoy!

I will also give you some vintage piano playing from around 1952 by Vladimir Horowitz playing one of his favorite composers, Muzio Clementi. Enjoy that as well — and everything else you get tonight on Classical Tune-Up.

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) Symphony No. 9 in D minor Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra


Jesús López Cobos, conductor

Bruckner – Symphony No. 9 Telarc Digital (1992)
8:12 Muzio Clementi (1752-1832) Sonata, Op. 14, No. 3 in F minor Vladimir Horowitz, piano Horowitz Plays Clementi RCA Victor Gold Seal/BMG (1989)
8:27 Sonata, Op. 26, No. 2
8:38 Franz Danzi (1763-1826) Wind Quintet in E Minor, Op. 67, No. 2:

I. Allegro Vivo

II. Larghetto

III. Minuetto: Allegretto

IV. Allegretto

Michael Thompson Wind Quintet Danzi: Wind Quintets Op.67, Nos 1-3 Naxos (1999)
9:03 Franz Liszt (1811-1886) [Première] Elégie, for cello and piano, S.130 Emmanuelle Bertrand, cello

& Pascal Amoyel, piano

Alkan: Cello Sonata, op.47 Harmonia Mundi (2001)
9:10 Romance Oubliée
9:12 La Lugubre Gondole ["Troisième Elégie"], for cello and piano, S.134
9:22 Oliver Messiaen (1908-1992) Prelude No. 1: La colombe;

Prelude No. 4:  Instants défunts

Peter Hill, piano The Piano Music of Oliver Messiaen Unicorn-Kanchana Records (1989)

Quatre Quartets!



Hello all you music lovers!

Thank you for tuning in to Classical Tune-Up. This evening’s program is called  ”Quatre Quartets” — Four Quartets. I will honor this approach to music making, and they won’t all be string quartets, which is possibly considered the granddaddy of the form (at least we can say they make up the preponderance of the quartet form). 

Apart from that, and time permitting, we’ll celebrate at least one June “baby’s” music, since this is my last broadcast in June. 

So sit back — if you can — and stay in your seat until this ride comes to a complete stop on Classical Tune-Up.

-Christopher Smith

Detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60I. Allegro non troppoII. Scherzo: AllegroIII. Andante

IV. Finale: Allegro comodo

Yo-Yo Ma, cello;  Isaac Stern, violin; Jaime Laredo, viola & Emanuel Ax, piano Brahms: Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A Minor, Op. 102 & Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor CBS Masterworks (1988)
7:38 Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) String Quartet No. 4 (1917) Cuarteto Latinoamericano:Saul Bitran, violin; Aron Bitran, violin; Javier Montiel, viola; Alvaro Bitran, cello Villa-Lobos:  String Quartets – Volume 6 –  Nos. 4, 9, 11 Dorian Recordings (2001)
8:10 Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909) Iberia Minneapolis Guitar Quartet Minneapolis Guitar Quartet:  Pictures at an Exhibition GSP Recordings (2003)
8:27 Gioachino Rossini (1972-1868) Quartet No. 5 in D Major Ensemble Wein-Berlin:Wolfgang Schulz, flute; Karl Leister, clarinet; Guenter Hoegner, horn; Milan Turkovic, bassoon Rossini:  Six Quartets for Flute, Clarinet, Horn & Bassoon Sony Classical (1992)
8:44 Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (selection):1. Promenade Minneapolis Guitar Quartet Minneapolis Guitar Quartet:  Pictures at an Exhibition GSP Recordings (2003)
8:45 Max Reger (1873-1916) Sonata in A Flat Major for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 49 No. 1 Ib Hausmann, clarinetNina Tichman, piano Max Reger – The Complete Works for Clarinet and Piano Hänssler (2001/1998/1999)
9:11 Richard Strauss (1864-1949) Till Eulenspiegel, op. 28 Steven Isserlis, cello; Cynthia Phelps, viola;Minnesota OrchestraEdo de Waart, conductor Strauss: Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel, Don Quixote Virgin Classics (1995)
9:26 Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967) Gavotte Modern Mandolin Quartet Modern Mandolin Quartet:  Intermezzo Windham Hill Records (1990)

Celebrating Stravinsky!


Hello to all you out there in MusicLand!

Tonight’s Classical Tune-Up will, in the first hour, feature the music of one of the 2oth Century greats, Igor Stravinsky. From his “Rite of Spring” to the “Firebird Suite,” you can be sure that he was an innovating giant of the times — and an inspiration to many composers who came after.

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)







Indeed, he has such a varied and wondrous output, that it is difficult to pick out of which genre or otherwise famous piece I would like to program. So, tonight, I guess I will take a try and give (more or less)  the atypical Stravinsky.

Hopefully, you will find it enriching and fulfilling and illuminating. If not, well, you will still get the Classical Tune-Up mix of periods and persons — so hang in there and glean what you can from him.

Therefore, please enjoy tonight’s episode of Classical Tune-Up here on KUSP 88.9 and!

-Christopher Smith

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:02 Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Apollon Musagète (1928, rev. 1947) Guildhall String EnsembleRobert Salter, dir. Stravinsky:  Apollon Musagète – Concerto in D – Double Canon – Three Pieces BMG (1990)
7:34 Three Sacred Songs (Carlo Gesualdo, completed by Stravinsky) The Voronezh Chamber Choir & Oleg Shepel Stravinsky: Les Noces & Other Choral Works Hyperion (1991)
7:49 The dove descending breaks the air (1962)
7:43 Introitus:  T S Eliot in Memoriam (1965)
7:57 Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) The Tempest, Symphonic Fantasy, op. 18 Odense Symphony OrchestraAlexander Lazarev, conductor Tchaikovsky: The Tempest and Piano Concerto No. 1 Bridge Records (2014)



Walter Piston (1894-1976) Piano Quartet (1964)I. Leggero e scorrevoleII. Adagio sostenuto

III. Allegro vivo

James Buswell, violin; Theodore Kuchar, viola; Carol Ou, cello; Michael Gurt, piano Walter Piston:  Chamber Music Naxos (2001)
8:38 Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) Sonata in C Minor, Op. 45:I. Allegro molto ed appassionatoII. Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza

III. Allegro animato

Pierre Amoyal, violinFrederic Chiu, piano Grieg: Violin Sonatas harmonia mundi usa (℗ 2000)
9:00 Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) Six Études, Op. 111:I. Tierces majeures et mineuresII. Traits chromatiques

III. Part 1. Prélude. Moderato agitato; Part 2. Fugue. Moderato espressivo

IV. Les cloches de Las Palmas

V. Tierces majeures chromatiques

VI. Les cloches de Las Palmas

Piers Lane, piano Saint-Saëns: The Complete Études Hyperion (1998)
9:24 Béla Bartók (1881-1945) 44 Duos for Violin (selections) Yitzhak Perlman & Pinchas Zukerman, violins Bartok: 44 DuosShostakovich: Three Violin DuetsProkofiev: Sonata for Two Violins EMI Classics (1996)


In with the New!


Dear Music Fans, far and wide…

Tonight’s Classical Tune-Up will feature some new releases of some really cool works. There are a lot of fresh recordings out there, folks, and I’m going to give you a few to wet your appetite to, perhaps, add to your own collection of classical tracks.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

First out of the gates, you’ll hear a piece by Wolfgang Amadeus (Mozart, that is!), which is not only new, but also fulfills a listener request to hear something from Mozart. So this first work goes out to Alison — Enjoy!

I’ll move to some other stuff, of course, and you never know where it will end up — so stay tuned in to Classical Tune-Up.

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:


Playlist for Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:02 W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) Concerto in C Major, K.299, for Flute and Harp (1778); cadenza by Robert StallmanI. Allegro

II. Andantino

III. Rondeau:  Allegro

Robert Stallman, flute;Katerina Englichova, harp;

Czech Chamber Orchestra

Ondrej Kukal, conductor

Cosi fan Flauti:  Mozart for Flute and Orchestra Bogner’s Café (2014)
7:31 Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) Legend for orchestra San Francisco Symphony 

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

Masterpieces in Miniature SFS Media (2014)
7:38 Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) Valse Triste
7:51 Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Concerto with 2 violins and viola de gamba, strings and continuoI. Adagio e Spiccato – Allegro

II. Larghetto

III. Allegro

Le Concert de Nations 

Jordi Savallo, dir.

Magnificat & Concerti: Vivaldi – J. S. Bach AliaVox (2014)
8:01 Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500-1553) Jubilate Deo Stile Antico From the Imperial Court – Music for the House of Hapsburg Harmonia Mundi (2014)
8:07 Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585) Loquebantur variis linguis
8:11 Josquin Desprez (c. 1440-1585) Mille regretz
8:14 Nicolas Gombert (?) Mille regretz
8:50 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Sonata in E Minor, Op. 38I. Allegro non troppo

II. Allegretto quasi menuetto

III. Allegro

Barbara Westphal, viola 

Christian Ruvolo, piano

Brahms and Clearfield: Convergences Bridge Records (2015)
8:50 J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Three-Part Inventions (Nos. 2-15) BWV 788-801 Glenn Gould, piano Glenn Gould Live in Salzburg & Moscow Sony Classics (1993/1966)
9:16 Stephen Goss (b. 1964) The ChineseGarden:I. Mo LiHua(Jasmine Flower)

II. Red flowers blooming all over the mountain

III. Lan Hua Hua (Blue orchid)

Xuefei Yang, guitar Forty Degrees North EMI Classic (2008)
9:25 Mario Castelnuoco-Tedesco (1895-1968) (From) 10 Pieces from “Platero and I”No. 1 Andrés Segovia, guitar The Legendary Andrés Segovia MCA Recrods (1990)




Mainline and Straight Ahead Classical, with a Few Twists!



Greetings Music Lover!

Tonight’s episode of Classical Tune-Up will be pretty much straight ahead, mainline classical music — whatever that means. And, as always, with a twist. So hold onto you musical hat, but enjoy what you get as I’m still trying to figure that out myself — but I promise it will be nothing less that what you truly expect on Classical Tune-Up. Enjoy! 

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:01 Andrea Falconieri (1585-1656) 1. De Barabaso yerno de Satanas

2. Folias echa para mi Señora Doñas

3. Fantasia echa para el muy reverendo Padre Falla

4. Vita del l’alma

5. Passacalle

6. Corriente dicha la cuella

7. Bella clori

8. Virtu de lumi

Ensemble Fitzwilliam Andrea Falconieri:  Fantaisies, Danses, Villanelle, Aire Astrée Auvidis (1995)
7:25 Jean Phillipe Rameau (1683-1764) 4th Concert:

I. La Pantomime

II. L’Indiscrète

III. La Rameau

Tervor Pinnock, harpsichord; Rachel Podger, baroque violin; Jonathan Manson, viola de gamba Rameau: Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts Channel Classics Records (2006)
7:38 J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Cantata BWV 214:

Drammatic Music for the Birthday of the Saxon Electress and Queen of Poland Maria Josepha

Elisabeth Scholl, soprano; Barbara Hoeltzl, alto; Jan Kobow, tenor; Hanno Mueller-Brachmann, bass


Knabenchor Hannover, Boroque Orchestra L’Arco

Christoph Heidemann, concertmaster


Heinz Hennig, conductor

Festival Music The Electoral Saxon House NDR (2000/2010)
8:08 Ludwig van Beethove (1770-1827) Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, “Moonlight”:

I. Adagio sostenuto

II. Allegretto

III. Presto agitato

Jos van Immerseel, piano Beethoven:  Moonlight and Pathetique Accent (2009)
8:27 Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Two Nocturnes, Op. 62:

1. B Major

2. E Major

Ricardo Castro, piano Frédéric Chopin:  Nocturnes, Vol. 2, Nos. 11-21 Arte Nova Classics (1998)
8:40 Rain Worthington (b. ??) Within a Dance – A Tone Poem of Love Moravská filharmonie Olomouc & Petr Vronsky Luminescence Navona (2014)
8:48 Nancy van de Vate (b. 1930) Concertpiece for Cello and Small Orchestra (1976) Zdzilsaw Lapinski, cello

Polish Radio and Television Orchestra & Szymon Kawalla

Music from 6 Continents (1992 Series) Vienna Modern Masters (2011)
9:01 Krzystof Penderecki (b. 1933) Divertimento for Solo Cello:

I. Sarabande

II. Serenade

III. Scherzo

IV. Notturno

Alrto Noras, cello Penderecki: Sextet – Clarinet Quartet – Cello Divertimento Naxos (2003)
9:13 Preludium: Prelude for Solo Clarinet Michel Lethiec, clarinet
9:17 Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) Piano Works Nr. 4: Klavierstueck V (1954) Herbert Henck, piano Karlheinz Stockhause: Klavier Works I-XI Wergo (1987)
9:23 Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994) Chain II – Dialogue for Violin and Orchestra: III. Ad libitum Antoni Wit, Krzysztof Bakowski & Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 4; Violion Partita; Chain II; Funeral Music Naxos (1996)

Getting Gottschalk!


Greetings to all you out there in MusicLand!

Tonight on Classical Tune-Up, you will get some of the fun music of the American composer from the 19th Century, Maurice Gottschalk. Mr. Gottschalk was born in May and since this is the last Wednesday in May, I thought I’d squeeze him in just because I really enjoy his music and think you will, too. And I might even give you some Brahms (who was born in May), if you are good — but no guarantee! :)

Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869)


Beyond all of that, you will also get a smattering of various vocal music and styles — some from the 20th Century, some from the 18th, and some even earlier (much earlier) than that! Because that’s what I aim to do on Classical Tune-Up; namely, to give you a connected thread across the centuries that teases and titillates you and keeps you on your toes! 

Enjoy tonight’s episode of Classical Tune-Up!

-Christopher Smith


Some Later Rennaisance…



Hello there! Among other things in tonight’s crazy mix, you will get a dose of the dramatic chromaticism of lutenist and murderer, Carlo Gesualdo. He’s oneof my heros of the period — and he is an iconoclast of the late-Rennaisance to be sure — but I will play some of his buddies as well tonight.

Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613)

Indeed he murdered his wife,whom he caught “in the act” with her longtime lover — he killed the both in the bed with the help of some of his servents. He also killed his infant son — the lore goes that he doubted paternity (he was an infant), so he took care of that problem, it seems. Crazy stuff, and you can’t make it up? 

I will also play some music for solo cello, if you can dig it! Of course you can! So let’s have some fun getting turned ON during Classical Tune-Up! 

-Christopher Smith