Classical Tune-Up

Handling Händel…

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Greetings fellow music lover!

Tonight’s Classical Tune-Up will explore a little bit of George Frideric Handel, the amazing British/German Baroque composer of wonderful music — the breadth of which I can scarcely note here (there would not be room!). Let’s start with a partial list…

This guy composed:

  • Operas
  • Incidental music
  • Oratorios
  • Odes and masques
  • Cantatas
  • Italian duets

G. F. Haendel (1685-1759)

  • Italian trios
  • Hymns
  • Italian arias
  • English songs
  • German church cantatas
  • Italian sacred cantatas

Had enough?! (I have!)  But that was not even half of the entire list!

This guy was crazy in his output — much of it really worth the test of Time.  So we will start with some Trios and an organ concerto. Also on tonight’s show, you’ll get some music of the awesome late-Renaissance composer, Orlando Gibbons, on a vinyl LP disc.

After all that, well, just hang on and enjoy the ride — and please stay seated until the ride comes to a complete stop!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

 

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, August 25, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03: G. F. Händel (1685-1759) Trio Sonata No. 5 in G minor, Op. 7 London Baroque:Ingrid Siefert, violin

Richard Gwilt, violin

Charles Medlam, cello

Richard Egarr, harpsichord continuo

Handel: Trio Sonatas Op. 2 Harmonia Mundi (1992)
7:14 Trio Sonata No. 6 in G minor, Op. 7
7:24 Organ Concerto in D minor, Op. 7 No. 4:I. AdagioII. Allegro cosi cosi

III. Organo ad libitum: Prelude

IV. Allegro

Paul Nicholson, The Brandenburg Consort & Roy Goodman Handel:  Organ Concertos Hyperion (1997)
7:39 Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) Selected works Thurston Dart, harpsichord Masters of Early English Keyboard Music IV London (ca. 1968)
8:09 Robert Schumann (1810-1856) String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1:I. a) Introduzione (Andante espressivo), b) Stringendo, c) Introduzione (Allegro)II. Scherzo

III. Adagio

IV. Presto

 

Eroica Quartet Schumann: String Quartets, Op. 41 Harmonia Mundi (2000)
8:37 Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35 Arthur Rubinstein, piano The Original Jacket Collection:  Rubinstein Plays Chopin BMG Music [RCA Red Seal] (1946/1999)
9:03 Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) Songs (selections):1. Gedichte von J.W. v. Goethe: No. 29. Anakreons Grab2. Gedichte von J.W. v. Goethe: No. 31. Koniglich Gebet

3. 3 Gedichte von Michelangelo: No. 1. Wohl denk Ich oft

4. 3 Gedichte von Michelangelo: No. 2. Alles endet, was entstehet

5. 3 Gedichte von Michelangelo: No. 3. Fuhlt meine Seele

6. Gedichte von J.W. v. Goethe: No. 49. Prometheus

7. Gedichte von J.W. v. Goethe: No. 14. Cophtisches Lied

Daniel Lichti, baritone & Arlene Shrut, piano Hugo Wolf Songs Sono Luminus (2011)

 

Mozart’s Competition!

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Dear Fellow Music Lover,

Tonight’s Classical Tune-Up features a competitive contemporary — or so goes the myth — of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Does the name Antonio Salieri mean anything to you? Well, I will spare you the details of the mythology of a man who was said (as the myth goes) to be envious of his younger contemporary — a spoiled brat of a man who appeared to compose such amazing works with such apparent ease and completeness — where Salieri struggled with every note he scribed on the page. Indeed, we will hear a concerto by Mr. Salieri tonight — lest he drift off into music historical obscurity.

Antonio Salieri
(1750-1825)

 

But first, we will cut some tracks from the 20th Century by Sergei Prokofiev and his 2nd piano concerto, in a very special recording. From there, you’ll hear some guitar duos by the 19th Century composer, Caspar Mertz.  And then this weekly ride will really take off — so please hold on for dear life, listening all the while to Classical Tune-Up!

Enjoy!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

 

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:04: Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

I. Andantino – Allegretto

II. Scherzo:  Vivace

III. Intermezzo: Allegro moderato

IV. Finale: Allegro tempestoso

Evgeny Kissin, piano

 

Philharmonia Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor

Evgeny Kissin:  Prokofiev Piano Concertos Nos. 2-3 EMI Classics (2009)
7:40 Antonio Salieri (1750-1825) Concerto for Flute, Oboe & Orchestra in C Major

I. Allegro Spirituoso

II. Largo

III. Allegretto

Clementine Hoogendoorn, flute

 

Pietro Borgonovo, oboe

 

Il Solisti Veneti; Claudio Scimone, dir.

Salieri:  Concerto for Fortepiano and Orchestra – Concerto for Flute, Oboe, and Orchestra – Sinfonia, “La Tempesta di Mare” Erato (1986)
8:00 Caspar Joseph Mertz (1806-1856) Guitar Duos (selections)

1. Trauermarsch / D minor

2. Unruhe / C minor

3. Ständchen / C minor

4. Mazurka / F Major

5. Deutsche Weise / F Major

6. Vespergang / C Major

Sonja Prunnbauer & Johannes Tappert, duo (historic) guitars Mertz: Guitar Duos Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm (2002)
8:29 George Gershwin (1898-1957) Cuban Overture Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra & Jeff Tyzik Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F, Rhapsody in Blue, Cuban Overture Harmonia Mundi (2007)
8:40 Bernard Hermann (1911-1975) Sinfonietta for String Orchestra (1936/1975) Berlin Symphony Orchestra

 

Isaiah Jackson, conductor

Hermann – Waxman – Rózsa Koch International Classics (1992)
9:03 Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Sonata in C Minor, H. XVI 20:

I. Allegro moderato

II. Andante con moto

III. Allegro

Anne-Marie McDermott, piano Anne-Marie McDermott – Piano Sonatas and Concertos of Haydn Bridge Records (2014)

Celebrating Claude!

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Hello all of you who love music! (Hopefully everyone)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Tonight, Classical Tune-Up starts with a carryover birthday celebration of the music of Claude Debussy. That’s in the first hour. From there, we visit with one of Debussy’s French contemporaries, Camille Saint-Saëns, with his Op. 52 piano etudes.

From there, we will head into that wonderful semi-random musical mode that you only expect from Classical Tune-Up — including a little virtuosic tabla playing in a live performance by a Bay Area treasure, Zakir Hussain.

 

 

Zakir Hussain (b. 1951)

So let’s get this party started with some music by Mr. Debussy. 

Thanks for listening!

-Christopher Smith

 

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

 

 

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Syrinx Jean-Louis Beaumadier, flute Claude Debussy: Danses for Harp & Orchestra; Syrinx; Sonata for Violin and Piano; Sonata for Flute, Alto & Harp; Sonata for Cello & Piano Harmonia Mundi (1997)
7:05 Sonata for Flute, Viola, and harp:I. PastoraleII. InterludeIII. Finale The Debussy Trio:Marcia Dickstein, harp; Angela Wiegand, flute; Keith Greene, viola The Debussy Trio:  Works by Mendoza, Debussy, Ravel Sierra Classical (1992)
7:22 Danses scarée et profane Yolanda Kondonassis, harp; Joshua Smith, flute; Franklin Cohen, clarinet; Martin Chalifour, violin I; Wei-Fang Gu, violin II; Stanley Konopka, viola; Richard Weiss, cello; Thomas Sperl, double bass Yolanda Kondonassis:  Scintillation Telarc Digital (1993) 

 

 

 

 

 

7:39: Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) Six Études, Op. 52 Piers Lane, piano Saint-Saëns: The Complete Études Hyperion Records (1998)
8:08 Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) Sonata No.12 in D minor (La Folia) The Locatelli Trio Corelli Violin Sonatas, Op. 5 Hyperion Records (1990)
8:18 Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Concerto in C Major (RV 444) Camerata Köln Florilegium Musicale:  Vivaldi – Marcello – Quantz – J. Ch. Bach – Fasch Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (1991)
8:28 Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755) Third Suite for Harpsichord Beatrice Martin, harpsichord Suites For Harpsichord And For Flute Naxos (1999)
8:42 Anon.[?] (India) Pune (Teentaal) Zakir Hussain, tablawth Sultan Khan Zakir Hussain Selects Moment Records (2002)
9:00 Nino Rota (1911-1979) Saraband and Toccata Mariko Anraku, harp Mariko Anraku : Music for Harp EMI Classics (1999)
9:09 Elliott Carter (1908-2012) Clarinet Quintet (2007) Charles Neidich & Juilliard Quartet Music of Elliott Carter, Vol. 8 Bridge Records (2010)
9:23 Figment V (2009) Simon Boyar, marimba
9:26 La Musique (2007) Lucy Shelton, soprano(text by Baudelaire)

 

Some Mainstream Classical — And Beyond!

Greetings all you music lovers!

Tonight’s Classical Tune-Up will start out with some real workhorses of the classical music era — with good reason — the stuff is awesome! Beethoven’s 7th Symphony started things out. Then I will cut to a little August birthday celebration of Claude Debussy (after another interlude), Book II of his piano preludes. 

Ludwig van Beethoven in 1803

 

After that, the show takes off with twists and turns that you won’t want to miss. So enjoy tonight’s Classical Tune-Up — and thanks for listening!

-Christopher Smith

 

 

 

 

 

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92:

I. Poco sostenuto – Vivace

II. Allegretto

III. Presto – Assai meno presto

IV. Allegro con brio

Wiener Philharmoniker & Leonard Bernstein Ludwig van Beethoven:  Symphony No. 5, op. 67 – No. 7, op. 92 Deutsche Grammophon (1980/2004)
7:45 George Gershwin (1898-1937) Lullaby (ca. 1920) The Nash Ensemble Herrmann, Gershwin, Waxman & Copland – American Chamber Music Hyperion Records (2015)
7:53 Scott Joplin (ca 1867/68-1917) Bethena – A Concert Waltz Susan Nigro, contrabassoon; Mark Linkeblad, piano Joplin Tunes for the Big Bassoon Crystal Records (2014)
8:00 Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Preludes – Book II Marc-André Hamelin, piano Debussy: Images & Préludes II Hyperion Records (2014)
8:41 Terry Riley (b. 1935) The Heaven Ladder, Book 5: No. 4, Tango Doble Ladiado ZOFO Duet

 

(Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano, 4-hands)

ZOFO Plays Terry Riley Sono Luminus (2015)
8:44 Half-Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight (Arr. for Piano 4 Hands)
8:52 The Heaven Ladder, Book 7: No. 5, Simone’s Lullaby (Arr. for Piano 4 Hands)
9:03 J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Suite in A Major for Solo Cello, BWV 1009. Arr. for guitar Steven Hancoff, guitar The Six Suites for ‘Cello Solo for Acoustic Guitar Steven Hancoff (2015)

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 KUSP.org.

-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

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Hello!

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

B.A.C.H.

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

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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!

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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!

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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 kusp.org!

-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)
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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)