Classical Tune-Up

We Continue Tuning You Up!

Hello to all of you who happen to like, uhm, no… LOVE music! And I am talking all things musical! Tonight’s show will feature some not often played work by the Irish pianist and composer from the first half of the 19th Century, John Field. Then little bit more of solo keyboard music, a dash of symphonic action, plus a few odds-n-ends.


All of this is in preparation to next week’s show, where I will attempt to answer the question, “What IS ‘Classical Music?,” to the best of my ability.

So sit back tonight on this last Wednesday in July and tune yourself IN to Classical Tune-UP!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:


Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:02 John Field (1782-1837) Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Flat Major

I. Allegro Moderato

II. Poco Adagio

III. Rondo: Moderato innocente; Fugato; Moderato

John O’Conor, piano; Scottish Chamber Orchestra,

Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor

Field:  Piano Concertos No. 2 & No. 3 Telarc Digital (1994)
7:37 Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) Secondo Libro di Toccate:

I. Toccata undecima

II. Aria detta la Frescobalda

III. Toccata prima

IV. Aria Detto Balletto

V. Toccata decima

Blandine Verlet, harpsichord Girolamo Frescobaldi: Harpsichord Pieces Auvidis (1973/1998)
8:13 Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613) Fourth Book of Madrigals in Five Voices [selections] Ensemble Arte-Musica

Franceso Cera, dir.

Carlo Gesualdo Da Venosa:  Quarto libro di Madrigali a cinque voci 1596 Tactus (1996)
8:52 Wm. Byrd (1540-1623) Motets of Praise and Rejoicing:

I. Attollite Portas

II. Laudibus In Sanctis

The Cambridge Singers

John Rutter, dir.

9:06 Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) Trio Sonatas [Selections]:

I. Sonata da chiesa op. 1, no. 9 in G Major

II. Sonata da chiesa op. 1 no. 10 in G minor

III. Sonata da chiesa op. 1 no. 10 in G minor

IV. Sonata da camera op. 4 no. 1 in C major

London Baroque

Charles Medlam, dir.

Corelli Trio Sonatas Virgin Classics (1995) [EMI Classics/1987]

A Testament to the State of the New World of Digital Tracks and Streaming Services

Dear Music lover,

Thank you for jumping into the Classical Tune-Up blog on KUSP. Tonight’s show will revel a bit in guitar and voice — with some added spice to awaken your musical palette (as you can only expect on this show)!

But on a more serious and somber note, please read this article, which appeared on earlier this week. It speaks of how streaming services are “killing classical music”! Oh my, if this isn’t a call to arms, I don’t know what is… In essence, it seems as though the high-level of art and performance that classical performers work so hard to achieve is being less and less compensated for all the beauty they bring to our lives. Rather, this means of expression is being nullified by the marketing machinery that basically is geared to the more “consumable” pop musical genres. Even jazz music is suffering from the same malady!

Please read the article. Think what you might do to help reverse this trend. I do not, for one, think that we in the classical and jazz “space” are doomed… but we need to help determine a newer and more viable model that provides our artists with the means to continue their personal journey of expression — from which we all benefit.

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist may be found here:


Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:02 Anton Diabelli (1781-1858) Sonata No. 2 in A , Op. 29 for Guitar.I. Allegro risoluto

II. Adagio

III. Menuettto: Allegro

IV. Rondo: Allegretto

Claudio Giuliani, guitar Anton Diabelli – Complete Guitar Sonatas Op. 29 Brilliant Classics (2013)
7:28 Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) Symphoniae Sacrae (excerpts), Op. 6 (1629)I. Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore, SWV 267

II. Fili Mi, Absalom, SWV 269

III. Veni, dilecte Mi, in hortum meum, SWV 274

IV. Jubilate Deo in chordis et organo

Capella AugustanaMatteo Messori, dir. Schütz:  Symphoniae Sacrae Brilliant Classics (2003)
7:53 Richard Wagner (1813-1883) Träume (Wesendonck Lieder Nr. 5) Elisabeth Schwartzkopf, sopranoGerald Moore, piano “Encores” – Elisabeth Schwartzkopf EMI Records (1990)
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) 1. Ständchen, Op. 106 No. 1Deutsche Volkslieder:

2. Nr. 6 – Da unten im Tale

3. Nr. 33 – Och Mod’r, ich well en Ding han!

4. Nr. 42 – In stiller Nacht

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Mandoline
8:12 Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Trois Chansons de Charles d’Orléans Monteverdi ChoirJohn Eliot Gardiner, conductor Fauré Requiem (original orchestration) Philips Classics Productions (1994)
8:19 George Perle (1915-2009) Lyric Intermezzo:I. Andante

II. Grazioso

III. Rondoletto

IV. Fantasy Variations

V. Postlude

Michael Brown, piano George Perle – Eight Pieces (1938-1997) Bridge Records (2014)
8:43 Béla Bartók (1881-1945) Violin Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra, Op. Posth.I. Andante Sostenuto

II. Allegro giocoso

David Oistrakh, violinState Symphony of the USSR

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, cond.

Bartók – Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra – Concerto for Orchestra Revelation Recordings (1997)
9:07 David Chesky (b. 1957) Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra Tom Chiu, violinDave Eggar, cello

Orchestra Area 31

David Chesky – String Theory Chesky Records (2011)

Where I Will Stop, Nobody Knows… (Including Me!)

Hi Music Fans!

Tonight’s Classical Tune-Up, I will admit, is a somewhat random affair with some minor exceptions.

The first hour will be dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach — but unique and atypical recordings to be sure. A listener requested more from the short snippet I gave at the tail end of last week’s show on a remarkable recording of Bach Motets. And as this IS an interactive show, I will honor that request tonight and play some more pieces from that album.

From there it will be a wild ride — as you no doubt have grown accustomed to hearing on Classical Tune-Up. So, please relax however you can and enjoy tonight’s show!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:02 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Motet: “Jesu, meine Freude.” BWV 228 Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists

John Eliot Gardiner, dir.

Bach: Motets Monteverdi Productions, Ltd. (2012)
7:22 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Adagion in A minor from Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C major (BWV 564) Pablo Casals, cello Bach Cello Suites Nos. 1-6 Naxxos Historical (2000)
7:55 Ernest Bloch (1990-1959) Violin Sonata no. 2 “Poème Mystiqué” Midori, violin

Ozgur Aydin, piano

Bloch – Janacek – Shostakovich – Midori Onyx Records (2013)
8:16 Wm. Grant Still (1895-1978) Afro-American Symphony

I. Moderato assai – Longing

II. Adagio – Sorrow

III. Animato – Humor

IV. Leno, con risoluzione — Aspiration

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Karl Krueger, conductor

Wm. Grant – Amy Beach Bridge Records (1999)
8:46 Ivan Vulev (b. ?) Takala li si, momina male (Have You Been Weaving, Maiden’s Mother) Northern Ensemble, Pleven, Bulgaria Bulgarian Folk Ensembles and Songs Balkanton (2007)
Prochula se neranza (A Word Spread About Neranza)
Ivan Spassov (b.?) Aishinko, pilya shareno (Aishinko, You Motley Bird) “Trakia Ensemble”, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Peter Lyondev (b. ?) Kaval sviri (A Kaval Is Playing)
Stefan Moutafchiev (b. ?) O, Yano (Oh, Yana)
Gyore dos
9:07 Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) Flos Campi for Viola, Chorus, and Orchestra Cracow Radio Symphony Chorus, Szymon Kawalla, Jerzy Kosmala & Cracow Radio Symphony Orchestra Bloch – Vaughan Williams Centaur Records (1991)


Quintessential Brahms… and more!

Greetings to all of you who need some Classical Tune-Up!

Tonight, I’m pretty excited to present to you what I am calling “quintessential Brahms,” a string quintet (let the actual one be a surprise for now…) and will transition a little later into some music by the great Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu.

I will admit to you that I really love Brahms AND the late, great Mr. Takemitsu — so this i a relatively easy show for me to do. A couple other orchestral surprises will round out tonight’s version of Classical Tune-Up. Enjoy!

-Christopher Smith


Tonight’s Detailed Playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Clarinet Quintet inB minor, Op. 115

I. Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Andantino

IV. Con moto

Jon Manasse, clarinet

Tokyo String Quartet


Brahms – Quintets Op. 34 & Op. 115 Harmonia Mundi (2012)
7:46 Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata No.21 in C Major, Op. 53 “Waldstein”” Walter Gieseking, piano Great Pianists – Beethoven Piano Sonatas – Walter Geiseking Naxxos Historical (2011)
8:07 Béla Bartók (1881-1945) Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celeste (Sz. 106) [rec., 1973] Berlin Philharmonic

Herbert Von Karajan, conductor

Béla Bartók – Concerto for Orchestra – Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celeste Deutsche Grammophon (1985)
8:47 Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) November Steps for Orchestra with Shakuhachi and Biwa Katsuya Yokoyama, shakuhachi; Kinshi Tsurata, biwa

Saito Kinen Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa, conductor

Toru Takemitsu – Requiem, November, Steps Decca (1991)
9:07 Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30 No. 3:

I. Allegro Assai

II. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso

III. Allegro Vivace

Itshak Perlman, violin

Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano

Beethoven – Violin Sonatas, No. 4, Op. 23; No. 6, Op. 30 no.1 & No. 8, Op. 30 no.3 London (1997)
9:25 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Motet: “Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn!” BWV Anh. III 159 Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists

John Eliot Gardiner, dir.

Bach: Motets Monteverdi Productions, Ltd. (2012)

Mostly Mahler!

Good evening music lovers, young and old, you’ve tuned IN to Classical Tune-Up! Thanks for joining tonight’s program from whatever part of this gigantic sphere you may hail.  

In the first hour tonight, you’ll get a helping from that late-19th and early 20th Century composer, Gustav Mahler. Specifically, I’m going to present Symphony No. 1 in D Major, composed in the period 1885-1888.

Also tonight on Classical Tune-up, music by John Field and Leos Janacek. But first off and out of the chute, Mahler’s first symphony.

So sit back, relax and turn on to Classical Tune-Up!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist:



Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:02 Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Symphony No. 1 in D MajorI. Langsam. Schleppend

II. Kräftig bewegt

III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen

IV. Stürmisch bewegt

Riccardo Chailly & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Mahler Feest – Concertgebouw Amsterdam Radio Nederland Wereldomroep (1995)
8:05 Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) Concertino (1926)I. Moderato

II. Più Mosso

III. Con Moto

IV. Allegro

Ensemble Walter Boeykens Leoš Janáček:  Concertino, Mladi, Serenade, Op. 44 Harmonia Mundi (1992)
8:26 John Field Sonata Op. 1, No. 3 in C minor John O’Conor, piano John Field: Sonatas and Nocturnes Telarc Digital (1992)
8:42 Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Sonata for Solo Violin in D major, Op. 115 Rouben Aharonian, violin Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Concertos No1. 1 & 2; Five Melodies for Violin and Piano; Sonata for Solo Violin Arte Nova Classics (1997)
8:57 Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) Fantasia Slava for Piano and Orchestra Howard Griffiths, conductor;  Konstantin Scherbakov, piano & Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Respighi: Piano Concerto in A Minor; Toccata; Fantasia Slava Naxos (1995)
9:07 Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) Fantasia for Solo Violin (selections)I in B-Flat Major: Largo, Allegro – Grave – Allegro

II in G Major: Largo, Allegro, Allegro

III in F Minor: Adagio, Presto, Grave – Vivace

IV in D Major: Vivace, Grave, Allegro

V in A Major: Allegro – Presto – Allegro – Presto, Andante, Allegro

Andrew Manze, violin Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Violin Solo – Gulliver Suite for Two Violins Harmonia Mundi (1995)


Music for an Early Summer’s Eve…

Hello to all of you who happen to like music, maybe even so-called Classical Music, but music nonetheless!

Tonight’s Classical Tune-Up will serve up some atypical Mozart “on Bach,” plus more music (trailing on last week’s show) by Vincent Persichetti, and some old and new(er) recordings. Basically, it’s what I’m calling Music for an Early Summer’s Eve…

(Yeah, a bit over the top, but what else do you expect to get on Classical Tune-Up?!)


-Christopher Smith

PS: A little Program Note… Be sure to watch this blog and mark your calendar for an upcoming Classical Tune-Up show wherein I will try to answer the question, “What *is* Classical Music?” A gargantuan task to be sure, but I will attempt it!

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:


Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:02 W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) Adagio & Fugue in D Minor (After J.S. Bach, BWV 849) Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin Mozart: Adagios & Fugues Harmonia Mundi (2014)
7:10 W. A. Mozart (1756-1791 Prelude & Fugue in D Minor K. 405 No. 4 (After J.S. Bach, BWV 877)
7:20 Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987) Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 67I. Adagio

II. Presto

III. Andante

IV. Vivace

Ellen Burmeister, piano Persichetti: Piano Sonatas Nos. 10 & 11 – Serenade No. 7 Starkland (2010)
7:44 Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata No. 18 in E-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3.I. Allegro

II. Scherzo – Allegro Vivaci

III. Menuetto – Moderato

IV. Presto con Fuoco

Glenn Gould, piano Glenn Gould Edition – Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. II, Nos. 15-18, No. 23, Nos. 30-32 Sony-BMG (2007)
8:07 Robert Muczynski (1929-2010) Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 14 Susan Rotholz, fluteMargaret Kampmeier, piano American Tapestry:  Duos for Flute and Piano Bridge Records (2014)
8:20 Lowell Leibermann (b. 1961) Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 23
8:36 J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 American Bach Soloists & Drew Minter Bach Cantata Series, Vol. 1: Solo Cantatas American Bach Soloists (2007)
8:47 Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764) Sonata for 2 Violins in G Major, Op. 3, No. 1I. Allegro

II. Allegra ma poco

III. Allegro

Greg Ewer & Adam Lamotte, duo violins Leclair: The Complete Sonatas for 2 Violins Sono Luminus (2014)
Sonata for 2 Violins in G Major, Op. 3, No. 2I. Allegro

II. Sarabanda. Largo

III. Allegro

9:09 George Crumb (b. 1929) Sun and Shadow (Spanish Songbook II); (2009) Ann Crumb, sopranoMarcantonio Barone, piano George Crumb: Voices From the Heartland – Sun and Shadow Bridge Records (2014)
9:25 Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999) Cuatro Madrigals Amatorios (selections) Bernarda Fink, mezzo-sopranoAnthony Spiri, piano Canciones Españolas Harmonia Mundi (2012)

Grinding on Grieg!

Greetings Music Fans — Young and Old!

Tonight’s Classical Tune-Up will start of with music by the Norwegian composer, Edward Grieg (1843-1907). Grieg lived right in “the pocket” of  late-19th Century Romanticism, and he wrote some of the most iconic works of the period. Also presented will be music of Richard Strauss (1863-1949) — a veritable contemporary of Grieg’s.

Edvard Grieg, perhaps one of the most distinctive-looking composers there was...


These two giants of the 19th and 20th Century will be joined tonight by the music of the American composer Harry Partch (1901-1974). Oh, and let’s not forget some music by another giant of sorts, Igor Stravinsky. Hang on for dear life as we take this wild ride tonight on Classical Tune-Up.

Enjoy Music. Enjoy Life!

-Christopher Smith

Detailed playlist is here:


Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36


I. Allegro Agitato

II. Andante molto tranquillo

III. Allegro. Allegro molte e marcato

Marcy Rosen, cello


Susan Walters, piano

Marcy Rosen – Recording Debut – The Walker Fund Prize of Young Concert Artists in Association with Musical Heritage Society New York Digital Recording, Inc.(1986)
7:30 Richard Strauss (1864-1949) Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 6

I. Allegro con brio

II. Andante ma non troppo

III. Allegro vivo

8:02 Max Reger (1873-1916) Sonata in F-sharp minor, Op. 49, No. 2

I. Allegro dolente

II. Vivacissimo

III. Largo

IV. Allegro Affabile

Ib Hausmann, clarinet

Nina Tichman, piano

Max Reger – The Complete Works for Clarinet and Piano Hänssler Classic (2001)
8:34 Franz Liszt (1811 Deuxième Elégie, for cello and piano, S.131 Emmanuel Bertrand, cello

Pascal Amoyel, piano

Alkan: Cello Sonata, op.47 – Liszt: Elegies Harmonia Mundi (2001)
8:34 Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Concerto for Two Pianos (1935)

I. Con moto

II. Notturno (Adagietto)

III. Quattro variazioni

IV. Preludio e Fuga

Igor Stravinsky & Soulima Stravinsky, duo pianos Igor Stravinsky – Plays & Conducts [His own works] EMI Classics (1993)
8:57 Harry Partch 1901-1974) Windsong (1958) Harry Partch (multiple instruments) Harry Partch:  The Dreamer that Remains; Rotate the Body in All its Planes; Windsong; Water! Water! New World Records (2005)
9:12 J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Toccata in E minor, BWV 914 Glenn Gould, piano The Glenn Gould Edition:  Bach Toccatas BWV 910-916 Sonly Classics (1994)
9:20 Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Nocturne in C sharp minor, op. posth Angela Hewitt, piano Chopin Nocturnes – Angela Hewitt Hyperion
Nocturne in C minor, op. post.


Here we go again…

Yes, we now get to return to our regularly scheduled program tonight — and that means Classical Tune-Up, front-and-center!

After yielding last week’s entire show to the sublime and germane Panetta Lectures, Classical Tune-Up is back to give you the most tasteful and challenging classical music found on the Planet! (Maybe I shouldn’t go that far…KUSP has amazing and wondrous classical music shows every night…)

So tonight, we’re gonna rock-n-roll with some mainline, straight ahead classical music. Enjoy!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s Detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Edward Elgar (1857-1934) Cello Concerto, Op. 85 (Live recording) Jacqueline du Pré, cello


Philadelphia Orchestra; Daniel Baremboim, cond.

Elgar – Jacqueline du Pré – Daniel Baremboim Sony Classical (1999) [Original 1970]
7:26 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Two Songs, Op. 91, for Contralto with viola or cello

I. Gestillte Sehnsucht (Appeased Desire)

II. Geistliches Wiegenlied (Sacred Lullaby)

Anne-Marie Donovan & Paul Pulford Brahms: Cello Sonatas and Songs With Cellos  
7:49 Wihlem Friedemann Bach (1710-1784) Duet No. 6 in F minor for Two Flutes Raymond Fabrizio, flute W. Friedemann Bach:  Six Duets for Two Flutes Sonic Design Records (1989)
Duet No. 1 in E minor for Two Flutes
8:07 Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987) Winter Cantata (Cantata No. 2), Op. 97 (12 poems) Tamara Brooks, conductor

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

James Earl Barnes, marimba; Edward A. Schultz, flute)

Vincent Persichetti:  Three Choral Works New World Records (1983)
8:30 Lou Harrison (1917-2003) Suite for Percussion (1942)

I. Moderato

II. Slow

III. Recitative; Moderato Allegro

The Manhattan percussion Ensemble; Paul Price, cond. Lou Harrison – Chamber and Gamelan Works  
8:40 Robert Schumann (1810-1856) String Quartet No. 3, Op. 41:

I. Andante espressivo – Allegro molto moderato

II. [Scherzo] Assai agitato

III. Adagio Molto

IV. Finale (Allegro molto vivace – Quasi Trio)

Eroica Quartet Schumann – String Quartets, Op. 41 – Eroica Quartet Harmonia Mundi (2000)
8:15 Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Preludes, Etude, Mazurka (selections) transcribed for Cello and Piano Pieter Wispelwey, cello

Dejan Lazic, piano

Chopin Waltzes, Preludes, Mazurkas Channel Classics (2000)

Playing it Forward… Moving the Music Forward!

[ 5/29/2014:  Due to technical difficulties, approximately the first 30 minutes of this week's show is missing from the "Listen to Recent Show" feature. Please accept my apologies. Thanks to all who pledged their support of KUSP in its "Play it Forward" mini-drive during my show. My warmest appreciation goes out to all of you! -CS ]

Greetings everyone who happens to like music out there!

This week, KUSP is holding its “Play It Forward” pledge drive — and important event wherein you can help shape events and KUSP’s destiny in one way or another. But, since this is a music show, you will hear lots of good music tonight on Classical Tune-Up.

So sit back, listen to great music, then go online at or call the station and make a pledge to help us keep bringing you this hand-picked and sublime music.



Speaking of tonight’s show, I will give you some more May babies — composers AND performers (the late, great Alicia De Larrocha pictured left being one of them).

And as I will often warn you:  Please Stay Seated Until the Ride Comes to a Complete Stop!”

-Christopher Smith

Detailed Playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:02 Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643 Tiori e Clori, Ballo concertato;Amor, che deggio far Capella SavariaNicholas McGegan, dir Monteverdi:  Tirsi e Clori, Madrigaux Harmonia Mundi (1991)
7:26 Enrique Granados (1867-1916) I. Allegro de concierto

II. Danza lenta

Alicia de Larrocha, piano Allicai de Larrocha:  Granados – Goyescas BMG Classics [RCA Red Seal] (1990)
7:49 Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) Quintet no. 2, Op. 115 in C minor

I. Allegro Moderato

II. Allegro vivo

III. Andante Moderato

IV. Allegro Molto

Quatuor via NovaJean Hubeau, piano Fauré: Two Quintets for piano and strings Erato (1970 [LP original, remastered])
8:25 Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) I. Grande Fantaisie triomphale sur l’hymne national bresilen

II. The Dying Poet (Meditation)

Philip Martin, piano Gottschalk – Piano Music – 3 Hyperion (1997)
8:55 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Songs (selections)Nos. 1-6 (on album) Christine Schäfer, sopranoGraham Johnson, piano The Songs of Johannes Brahms – 2 Hyperion (2011)
9:15 Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Concerto in D for String Orchestra Guildhall String Ensemble Stravinsky – Appollon Musagète BMG Classics [RCA Red Seal] (1990)
Double Canon
Three Pieces

A Frenchman, a Spaniard, Some Harp, and Something Random!

Greetings all you music fans far and wide! Tonight on Classical Tune-Up, we’re going to delve into a listener’s request for a Frenchman — Claude Debussy — and then move onward to a “May Baby” in the name of Isaac Albéniz, then on to a little music for harp, and then, well, my “random” pick for the night!

So, sit back and enjoy this ride that you only get on Classical Tune-Up. Enjoy!

-Christopher Smith

Detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:02 Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Piano Trio No. 1 in G Major:


I. Andantino con moto allegro

II. Scherzo-Intermezzo:  Moderato con allegro

III. Andante expressivo

IV. Finale:  Appassionato

Joachim Trio:

Rebecca Hirsch, violin – Caroline Dearnley, cello – John Lenehan, piano

French Piano Trios Vol. 1:  Debussy – Ravel – Schmitt Naxos (1994)
7:26 Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909) I. Cordoba, Op. 232 No. 4

II. Tango, Op. 163 No. 2

III & IV Suite Espanola: Sevillanas & Leyenda

Angel Romero, guitar Spanish Guitar Virtuoso Seraphim Classics (2000)
7:49 Dimitri Shostakovich 1906-1975) String Quartet No. 7 in F Sharp minor, op. 108 Ehnes Quartet:

James Ehnes, violin;

Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin;

Richard O’Neil, viola;

Robert deMaine, cello

Katchaturian – Shastakovich Onyx Classics (2013)
8:04 Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) Symphony No. 3 “Kaddish” for Orchestra, Mixed Chorus, Boys’ Choir, Speaker and Soprano Solo Montserrat Caballé, soprano; Michael Wager, Speaker; Vienna Boys’ Choir;

Israel Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Leonard Bernstein – Symphony No. 3 “Kaddish” Deutsche Grammaphon [LP] (1978)
8:52 Erik Satie (1866-1925) Gymnopédie No. 1 & 2 Markus Klinko, harp French Harp Music EMI Classics (1992)
8:57 Camille Saint-Saëns (1825-1921) Fantasie in A minor, Op. 95
9:06 John Cage (1912-1992) In a Landscape (1948) Mariko Anraku, harp Mariko Anraku EMI Classics (1999)
9:16 Dimitri Shostakovich 1906-1975) 24 Preludes and Fuges, Op. 87 (selections):

Prelude No. 1, C Major; Fugue No. 1, C Major



Konstantin Scherbakov, piano Dimitri Shostakovich – 24 Preludes and Fuges, Op. 87 Naxon (2000)