Classical Tune-Up

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



Crystallizing Cristofori!


Hello to all of you out there in MusicLand!

May is a special month, and I, for one, intend to celebrate a little. Just a couple of days ago was the 360th birthday of Bartolomeo Cristofori. Signori Cristofori was not a composer, not a virtuoso instrumentalist. Nay, nay… he is the one who is acknowledged to be the inventor of the piano! 

Batolomeo Cristofori (1655 -1731)

Needless to say, the piano has evolved an enormous amount since his first instruments appeared, circa 1700. But the essentials of the action and basic mechanism remain essentially the same. And when you consider the amount of music that has been composed, performed, and enjoyed over the years, it’s probably no stretch to say this is one of the greatest musical inventions of the past 500 years. 

So tonight’s episode of Classical Tune-Up will focus on the piano throughout the ages giving you a variety of performances by a variety of artists who help bring the music alive by, and through, this magnificent invention of the modern age.

But, it will not be only piano you hear tonight. To be sure, the keyboard in general (which goes back much further in time) has been a huge innovation and an inspriation to countless composers. So you will get a sprinkling of other keyboard instruments as well just to round out the celebration as we go forth “Crystallizing Cristofori.” Enjoy!

-Christopher Smith

Detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, May 7, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:04 W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) Sonata in E minor for Violin and Pianoforte (“Palatines”) Chiara Banchini, violin 

Temenuschka Vesselinova, pianoforte

Sonates Pour Pianoforte et Violin (Mannheim-Paris 1778) Harmonia Mundi (1993)
7:16 Christophe Graupner (1683-1760) Partita 10 in A minor (GWV 118) Genevieve Soly, harpsichord Graupner – Partitas for Harpsichord, vol. 1 Analekta (2002)
7:43 J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582 Hubert Meister, organ Johann Sebastian Bach:  Organ Works MDG (1985)
7:58 Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) Sonata in C Sharp Minor, K. 246 / L. 260 / P. 296 Eteri Andjaparidze, piano Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 1 Naxos (1999)
8:10 Alban Berg (1885-1935) Piano Sonata, Op.1 Maurizio Pollini, piano Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano & Berg: Piano Sonata, Op. 1 Grammophon (1993)
8:23 Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) Uninterrupted Rest (1952-1959)I. Slowly, sadly as if to converse with

II. Quietly and with a cruel reverberation

III. A song of love

Kumi Ogano, piano Toru Takemitsu – Solo Piano Works Decca Music Group, Ltd. (1993)
Piano Distance (1961)
8:33 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79: No. 1 – Agitato in B Minor Emanuel Ax, piano Brahms: Handel Variations, Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118 & Rhapsodies, Op. 79 Sony/BMG Music (1992)
Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79: No. 2 – Molto Passionato, Ma Non Troppo Allegro In G Minor
8:50 Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Concerto in G minor, RV103I. Allegro ma cantabilie

II. Largo

III. Allegro non molto

L’Apothéose Corelli L’Apothéose Corelli:  Three Baroque Sonatas Hänssler Classic (2001)
8:03 Gordon Mumma (b. 1935) Eleven Note Pieces & Decimal Passicaglia (Selections) Daan Vandewalle, piano Gordon Mumma: Music for Solo Piano (1960-2001) New World Records (2008)
8:08 Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Piano Concerto in G Major. H. XVIII: 4 Anne-Marie McDermott, piano 

Odense Symphony Orchestra; Scott Yoo, conductor

Haydn – Sonatas & Concertos Bridge Records (2014)

What Do You Like?



Greetings to all the music fans out there!

I have returned from a week away — you listened to a previous show last week, but a personal favorite of mine and I hope you liked it, too…

Tonight, I’m inspired by several things and will share that inspiration with you. I’ve got a request you’ll hear that’s decidedly French and some other works that I will play because I was inspired by some of the other wonderful programmers here at the station — particularly Joe Truskott. Also expect a at least one April Baby celebration right from the start.

That said, you are in store for a real wild ride tonight — which is all you expect from Classical Tune-Up. Enjoy tonght’s. 


-Christopher Smith

The Mission Tonight is to Relieve You of Tax Day Blues!


Greetings music lovers!

Tonight’s mission on Classical Tune-Up is to help relieve you of those tax day blues with some killer classical tracks. Nothing fancy here, just some varied selections from different epochs (just to keep you on your toes). 

And to set the mood, tonight’s show will start out with some solemn, sacred music by Palestrina — a truly sublime and compelling composer of the Rennaisance if ever there was one.


-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Giovanni de Palestrina (c 1525-1594) Missa Papae Marcelli:I. KyrieII. Gloria

III. Credo

IV. Sanctus & Benedictus

V. Agnus Dei

The Tallis ScholarsPeter Phillips, dir. Allegri Miserere Gimell Records (2001/1980)
7:39 Arvo Pärt (b.1935) Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen: The Tallis ScholarsPeter Phillips, dir. Arvo Pärt:  Tintinnabuli – The Tallis Scholars Gimell Records (2015)
8:00 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Trio in B-Flat Major, op. 11:I. Allegro con brioII. Adagio con espressione

III. Tema con variazioni:  Allegretto

Jon Manasse, clarinetJon Nakamatsu, pianoClive Greensmith, cello Beethoven – Brahms – Weber Harmonia Mundi (2014)
8:20 Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) Grand duo concertant in E-Flat Major, Op. 48:I. Allegro con fuocoII. Andante con moto

III. Rondo: Allegro

8:42 Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) Sex digte af Henrik Ibsen, “Six Poems By Henrik Ibsen”, Op. 25: Katarina Karnéus, mezzo-sopranoJulius Drake, piano Grieg:  Songs Hyperion (2008)
9:01 Lou Harrison (1917-2003) String Quartet Set (1978-9):I. VariationsII. Plaint

III. Estampe

IV. Rondeaux

V. Usul

Kronos QuartetDavid Harrington and John Sherba, violins; Hank Dutt, viola; Joan Jeaneraud, cello American Masters:  Lou Harrison Composers Recordings (1991/1981)