Classical Tune-Up

A Tasty Interview Tonight…plus awesome music!

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Greetings to all you music fans!

 Tonight’s show featured and interview with three outstanding musicians from the Santa Cruz Chamber Players. Mezzo-soprano, Solmaaz Adeli is joined by composer/cellis, Barry Phillips, composer and  the director of the SCCP and clarinetist, Jeff Gallagher. We’ve got some tracks and discussion around the concert, which is this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, the 13th and 14th of February. That’s in the first 1/2 hour of the show. 

We’re also celebrating a few birthdays this month of February — G. F. Handel and Arcangelo Corelli. So please, however and wherever you are enjoying the show, listen on!

-Christopher Smith

 

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Sundays 7:00-9:00pm

Playlist for Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:02 Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) Concerto for Flauto no. 8 in E minor:I. Preludio. LargoII. Allemanda. AllegroIII. Sarabanda. LargoIV. Giga. Allegro Maurice Steger, recorderThe English ConcertLaurence Cummings, conductor Mr. Corelli in London – Recorder Concertos – La Follia after Corelli’s Op. 5 Harmonia Mundi (2010)
7:25 Erich Korngold (1897-1957) (Selection, from Fünf Lieder):Alt-Spanisch Solmaaz Adeli, mezzo-sopranoDon Atkins, piano (Private recording) (Private recording)
7:30 Barry Phillips (b. ?) (Excerpts) Dolcissime for Chamber Orchestra and Voice Solmaaz Adeli, mezzo-soprano; Don Atkins, piano; Jeff Gallagher, clarinet; Barry Phillips, cello; Lars Johanason, flute
7:33 Lou Harrison (1917-2003) Aria (excerpt), from Suite for Cello & Harp Barry Phillips, cello; Don Atkins, piano
7:36 Donald Grantham (b. 1947) La canción desperada (Song of despair) Conspirare Chamber PlayersCraig Hela Johnson, dir Pablo Neruda – The Poet Sings Harmonia Mundi (2015)
8:00 G. F. Handel (1685-1759) Deliro amoroso (HWV 99) Natalie Dessay, sopranoLe Concert d’AstréeEmmanuelle Haïm, harpsichord, director Handel – Delirio Virgin Classics (2005)
8:40 Jean-Phillipe Rameau (1683-1764) Deuxième ConcertI. La LabordeII. La BouconIII. L’AgaçanteIV. Premier menuet en rondeau; deuxième menuet en rondeau Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord; Rachel Podger, baroque violin; Jonathan Manson, viola de gamba Rameau:  Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts Chanel Classics (2002)

Going Slightly Medieval!

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Greetings!

Tonight’s Classical Tune-Up reaches back in time to review the music of some totally awesome Medieval and Renaissance composers, pushing forward with a little “kicker” surprise at the end (no surprise if you just look at the playlist below…)

Enjoy!

-Christopher Smith

PS: Here’s something you might find fun and interesting…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh8q6CfhjtI

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Sundays 7:00-9:00pm

Playlist for Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:02 Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300-1377) Motets (selections):

1. De souspirant cuer

2. Fine Amour, qui me vint navrer

3. Puis que la douce rousée

4. Qui plus aimme

5. Lasse! Je sui en aventure

6. Ha! Fortune

7. O Livoris feritas

8. Helas! Où sera pris confors

9. Eins que ma dame d’onnur

The Hilliard Ensemble Guillaume de Machaut:  Motets ECM Records (2004)
7:34 Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) Madrigals (selections):

1. O sia tranquillo il mare

2. Ninfa che, scalza il piede

3. Mentre vaga Angioletta

4. Chiome d’oro

5. Quel sguardo sdegnosetto

6. Alle danze

7. Maledetto sia l’aspetto

Capella Savaria

 

Nicholas McGegan, dir.

Monteverdi:  Tirsi E Clori – Madrigals Harmonia Mundi (1991)
8:04 (See next) Selected arrangements:

1. Using the Apostate Tyrant as His Tool (9th Cent.)

2. Synchrony No. 2 (1994); Louis Hardin, aka Moondog

3. Quodlibet; John Cage (1912-1992)

4. Viderun Omnes (12th/13th Century); Perotin the Great

5. Kyrie III (14th Century); Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1200-1377)

6. Four Part Fantasia No. 2 (1680); Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

7. O Virtus Sapienti (12th Century); Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)

8. Uleg-Khem (unknown), Traditional Tuva

9. Farwell My Good I. Forever (16th Century); Christopher Tye (1505-1573)

10. Collected Songs where Every Verse is Filled with Grief (1984/85); Alfred Schnittke

11. Bells Tolling of the Knell; performed by the Monds of the Abbey of St. Peter’s of Slesmes, France, 1981.

Kronos Quartet Kronos Quartet – Early Music Nonesuch (1997)
8:49 Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) 1. Vers la Flamme

2. Désir, Op. 57, No. 1; Caresse Dansée, Op. 57 No. 2

Ruth Laredo, piano Alexander Scriabin—The Complete Piano Sonatas Nonesuch (1996)

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A Local, Living Composer Plus Some Birthdays to Celebrate

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Dear Music Fans,

Tonight on Classical Tune-Up, I will celebrate the birth month of Alexander Scriabin with a little bit of his music in the first hour of the show. After that, local composer, Christopher Pratorius is on tap with a guitar sonata which is really cool and you won’t want to miss.

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)

 

We’ll wind out the rest of the second hour with Toru Takemitsu’s Viola Concerto, “A String Around Autumn,” and finish up with some odds-n-ends, just for fun — as only you expect from Classical Tune-Up. 

 Enjoy!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Sundays 7:00-9:00pm

Playlist for Sunday, January 17, 2016

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) Eight Études, Op. 42 Garrick Ohlsson, piano Alexander Scriabin: The Complete Études Bridge Records (2009)
7:18 Symphony NO. 2 in C minor, Op. 29I. AndanteII. AllegroIII. Andante

IV. Tempestoso

V. Maestoso

Moscow Symphony OrchestraIgor Golovschin, conductor Alexander Scriabin:  Symphony No. 2 and the Symphonic Poem in D Minor Naxos (1996)
8:12 Christopher Pratorius (b. 1974) Sonata: Ondas do Mar de Vigo Mesut Özgen, guitar Mezut Özgen: Troubadour Golden Horn (2004)
8:34 Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) Viola Concerto “A String Around Autumn” Saito Kinen OrchestraSeiji Ozawa, conductor Toru Takemitsu:  Requiem – November Steps Decca (1997)
8:50 Gabrel Fauré (1845-1924) Après un Rêve (After a Dream), Op. 7, No. 1 Yo-Yo Ma, celloKathryn Stott, piano Songs From the Arc of Life Sony Music (2015)
8:53 Edward Elgar (1857-1934) Salut d’amour (Love’s Greetings), Op. 12
8:56 George Gershwin (1898-1937) Prelude No. 1 (from Three Preludes)

A Musical Giant Goes Into the Other Dimension…

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Dear Fans of all things Musical!

Welcome to the Classical Tune-Up blog — a space to be somewhat informed, somewhat heard — if you care to add a comment — and a place to see what the heck was played, and when.

Pierre Boulez (1925-2016)

We have lost a giant in the world of 20th/21st Century (classical) music… The great composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, passed away this week (5 January) at the age of 90. 

So, needless to say, I will be playing music by, and also music conducted by, and also music by Mr. Boulez’s contemporaries. Enjoy this tribute to one of the kings of Modernism in the post-World War II era.

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

 

Classical Tune-Up

Sundays 7:00-9:00pm

Playlist for Sunday, January 10, 2016

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Pierre Boulez (1925-2016) “Ritual in Memory of Bruno Maderna” (“Rituel in memoriam Maderna”, 1974-75) National Orchestra of Lyon 

David Robertson, dir.

Boulez:  Notations –  Figures-Doubles-Prismes – Rituel Naïve (2003)
7:31 Elliott Carter (1908-2012) A Symphony of Three Orchestras New York Philharmonic 

Pierre Boulez, conductor

Pierre Boulez:  Carter — Varèse Sony Classical (1995)
7:50 Pierre Boulez (1925-2016) Livre pour cordes (Book for Strings) New York Philharmonic 

Pierre Boulez, conductor

Pierre Boulez:  Boulez, Pli Selon Pli – Livre Pour Cordes Sony Classical (1995)
8:04 Stefan Wolpe (1902-1972) Four Pieces for Mixed Chorus:I. Psalm 122

II. Piece by Gershon Shofman

III. Isiah 43: 18-21

IV. Jermiah 31: 6-12

The Choir of St. Ignatius of Antioch, New York City 

Harol Chaney, conductor

For Stefan Wolpe:  Choral Music of Morton Feldman and Stefan Wolpe New World Records (2000)
8:18 John Cage (1912-1992) Etudes Boreales for cello solo and piano solo Friedrich Gauwerky, cello; Mark Knoop, piano John Cage:  Etudes Boreales – Harmonies – 10:41 Wergo (2010)
8:40 Igor Stravinsky (18821971) Duo Concertantefor Violin and Piano Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Marta Aznavoorian, piano Stravinsky:  Duo Concertante – Divertimento  Ravel:  Sonata – Tziganc ARTEK (2000)
8:58 John Cage (1912-1992) Prelude for Meditation Stephen Drury, keyboards John Cage – In a Landscape BMG (1994)

Happy 2016!

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I truly hope you rang in the new year in some style. Tonight mixes up a fair amount of 20th Century composers, some American ones, and a little Romantic flavor to round out the evening. Enjoy!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Sundays 7:00-9:00pm

Playlist for Sunday, January 3, 2016

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) String Quartet No. 9 in E Flat Major, Op. 117 (1960)

I. Moderato con moto

II. Adagio

III. Allegretto

IV. Adagio

V. Allegro

St. Petersburg Quartet Shostakovich String Quartets Nos. 5, 7 & 9 Hyperion (2001)
7:31 Aaron Copland (1900-1990) Clarinet Concerto Wm. Blount, clarinet

 

Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Dennis Russell Davies, conductor

Copland – Music for the Theatre – Music for the Movies – Quiet City – Clarinet Concerto Musicmasters (1988)
7:47 Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) Complete Solo Works for Harpsichord:

1. Two Pieces for Harpsichord

2. Sonata for Harpsichord

3. Two impromptus for Harpsichord

Barbara Harbach, harpsichord 20th Century Harpsichord Music Kingdom Records (1988)
8:06 Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931) Sonata No. 1 in G minor for Solo Violin, Op. 27 Alina Ibragimova, violin Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27 Hyperion (2014)
8:27 Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Forgotten Romance (S132) Rachel Barton, violin; Thomas Labé, piano Franz Liszt: Works for Violin and Piano Dorian Records (1997)
Sposalizio (S161)
Die drei Zigeuner (S383)
8:47 Charles Ives (1874-1954) Songs (selections):

1. Tom Sails Away

2. Immortality

3. The Housatonic at Stockbridge

4. From the Swimmers

5. The Indians

Henry Herford, baritone

 

Robin Bowman, piano

Charlies Ives Songs – Volume 1 Unicorn-Kanchana Records (1991)

Some Christmas and Holiday Fun!

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Greetings to all you music lovers out there!

Classical Tune-Up may have moved to a new day and time, but I still aim to thrill you will unconventional selections from the entire classical music universe. Though, for the next few weeks, there will a definite bias toward the holiday offerings — of a different kind to be sure. 

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

And it is Ludwig van Beethoven’s birthday month — so we will start of with a little ditty of his just to pay the homage he is certainly due. 

 

Please be sure to post a comment by clicking the title line above and scrolling down the page until you see the text box to enter your comment. Let’s get the conversation going.

Enjoy!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Sundays 7:00-9:00pm

Playlist for Sunday, December 20, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Trio in B-flat Major, op. 11 (20:25)I. Allegro con brioII. Adagio con espressione

III. Tema con variazioni:  Allegretto

Jon Manasse, clarinet; Jon Nakamatsu, piano; Clive Greensmith, cello Beethoven – Brahms – Weber Harmonia Mundi (2014)
7:26 Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) Concertino in G major for English Horn and Orchestra (11:14) Ágnes Girgás, English horn; Camerata Budapest – Laszlo Kovacs, conductor Gaetano Donizetti:  Double Concerto, Flute Concertino, Clarinet Concertino Naxos (2004)
7:35 J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Das Neugeborne Kindelein [The new-born little babe] (BWV 110) (13:42) Collegium Vocale – Phillipe Herreweghe, dir. J. S. Bach: Christmas Cantatas (Weihnachts-kantaten) Harmonia Mundi (1996)
7:49 Gilles Binchois (d. 1460) Ave regina celorum (instruments) (1:48) The Boston ComerataJohn Cohen, dir. Nöel, Nöel! – French Christmas Music 1200-1600 Erato (1990)
Arnold de Lantins (fl. 1431) In tua memoria (4:00)
Guillaume Dufay (1400-1474) Magnficat (voices) (7:00)
8:11 (Traditional/Anon.) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (3:11) Alison Krauss, voice Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell & Friends Sony Music (2013)
Jule Styne (1905-1994) Let It Snow (3:46) Julian Lang, guitar; Rob Moose, tenor guitar; Michael Aarons, guitar; Chris Lightcap, bass; Wm. Holhouser, accordion
Walter Ken, Kim Gannon I’ll Be Home for Christmas (arr: Frankie Moreno) (3:58) Frankie Moreno, vocal, piano; Joshua Bell, violin
(Anon.) Greensleeves (arr: Chick Corea) (4:18) Chick Corea, piano; Joshua Bell, violin
Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Nutcracker Medley (arr: Walter Chase, Kenji Bunch) (3:41) Straight No Chaser
(Anon.) Amazing Grace (4:28) Branford Marsalis, tenor sax. (featured)
(Anon.) O Tannenbaum (3:55) Placido Domingo, vocal; Joshua Bell, violin; Oren Fader, guitar; Ted Ackerman, cello; Mick Rossi, cello
Ernest Bloch Baal Shem: Simchat Torah (Rejoicing) (arr: Kenji Bunch, Joshua Bell) (4:49) Steven Isserlis (cello) & Sam Haywood (piano); Joshua B ell, violin
8:45 (Anon) Dona Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace) (2:00) Yo Yo Ma, cello Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace Sony (2008)
8:47 (Anon) Joy to the World (arr: Dave Brubeck) (3:42) Dave Brubeck, piano
8:50 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Ballade No. 2 in D Major, Op. 10 (8:35) Glenn Gould, piano Brahms:  Ballades, Op. 10 – Rhapsodies, Op. 79 Sony (2007)

A New Day… A Kinda New Time…

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Greetings all you fans of music, classical or otherwise!

In case you haven’t noticed, Classical Tune-Up has just moved to a new day — and a sorta new time… We’ve moved to Sunday evenings, starting a 7 PM (just like the old show did, live), but we end, alas, 30 minutes sooner, at 9:oo PM. Sorry about that… But my goal will still be to put you on a thrilling ride across the centuries in a progressively musical way!

Also, this show is no longer live, week-to-week. I am sorry for this; but I will hope to make greater use of the blog and its Comment functions with my audience to keep close and still provide the added value that you’ve come to expect from Classical Tune-Up.

Enjoy!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Sundays 7:00-9:00pm

Playlist for Sunday, December 13, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) String Quintet in G minor (K.516

I. Allegro

II. Menuetto: Allegretto

III. Adagio ma non troppo

IV. Adagio

V. Allegro

Tokyo Quartet with Pinchas Zukerman, viola Mozart String Quintets, K.515 & 516 – Tokyo String Quartet & Pinchas Zukerman BMG Classics (1992)
  (Anon.) Plainsong, Mode iv The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford – Bill Ives, dir. Carols by Candelight Harmonia Mundi (2009)
  Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) The truth from above
  Wm. Byrd (1542-1623) An earthly tree
  Charles Wood (1866-1926) View me, Lord
  J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Nun komm, der heiden Heiland (BWV 659)
  Giovanni da Palestrina (1525-1594) 1. I look from afar

2. Rorate coeli

  G. F. Handel (1685-1759) 1. Introduzion (Ballo di Larve) from Admeto

2.” Orride larve” from Admeto

3. “Chiudetevi miei lumi” from Admeto

Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor

 

La Nuova Musica; David Bates, dir.

Royal Trio:  Arias by Handel, Bononcini & Ariosti Harmonia Mundi (2014)
  Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747) “Tigre piagata” from Muzio Scevola, 1721.
  G. F. Handel (1685-1759) 1. Sinfonia from Admeto, Act II, i

2. “Vivi, tiranno’ from Rodelinda, 1725

  (Anon., various) (Selections)

1. Carol:  Now may we syngyn (English, 15th C.)

2. Ballad carol:  Lullay my child – This ender nithgt (English, 15th C.

3. Folk hymn:  Star in the East (American, Southern Harmony, 1835)

4. Carol: Veni redemptor gencium (English, 15th C.)

5. Carol ballad:  The Cherry Tree Carol (English, 15th C.; this version, Kentucky 1917)

6. Prosa:  Salve mater misericordie (Irish, 14th C.)

7. Carol:  Hail mary ful of grace (English, 15th C.)

8. Fuging tune:  Bethlehem (Wm. Billings; American, 1746-1800)

Anonymous 4 (Ruth Cunningham, Marsha Genensky, Susan Hellauer, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek) The Cherry Tree – Songs, Carols & Ballads for Christmas Harmonia Mundi (2010)
  Vince Guaraldi (1928-1976) Christmastime is Here Vince Guaraldi, piano; Fred Marshal, bass; Jerry Granelli, drums A Charlie Brown Christmas Fantasy (1988)

One More, Once!

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Greetings to all you fans of classical music!

Yes, another entry into the Wednesday blog for Classical Tune-Up. KUSP is making many programming and schedule changes, but I was a bit premature last week in stating that last week’s show was to be the final show for all time. In fact, some good news:  Classical Tune-Up is moving to a new day — so we’re not going away completely! Yes, I secured a lucrative contract to present CTU on Sunday evenings, 7-9 PM. More on that in the next week. But that will begin on December 13th.

So tonight, I stay true to the purpose of CTU, and will give you a few birthdays and just some parting shots for this Wednesday time slot…

 Enjoy!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56

I. Andante: AllegroII. Vivace

III. Adagio di molto

IV. Allegretto (ma pesante)

V. Allegro

Melos Quartet Sibelius/Verdi:  String Quartets Harmonia Mundi (1995)
7:35 Niccolo Paganini (1872-1840) Concerto No. 1 in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 6

I. Allegro MaestosoII. Adagio espressivo

III. Rondo (Allegro spiritoso)

Sarah Chang, violin

The Philadelphia Orchestra & Wolfgang Sawallisch

Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1 – Saint-Saëns: Havanaise Angel Records (1994)
8:13 Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Piano Concerto No. 1 In e Minor, Op. 11:

I. Allegro Maestoso

II. Romanze, Larghetto

III. Rondo. Vivace

Emmanual Ax, piano (period instrument, 1851 Erard)

Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & Catherine Mackintosh, leader

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1; Grande Valse Brillante; Variations On la Ci Darem la Mano Sony/BMG (1999)
9:00 J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Partita in E Major, BWV 1006a

I. Prelude

II. Loure

III. Gavotte en Rondeau

IV. Menuett I – Menuett II – Menuett III

V. Bourrée

Julian Bream, guitar J. S. Bach – Julian Bream EMI Classics (1994)
8:20 Béla Bartók (1881-1945) 44 Duos for Violin (selections)Nos. 1-5:

1. Transylvanian Song

2. Rumanian Song

3. Ruthenian Kolomejka

4. Ruthenian Song

5. Lullaby

Andras Keller & Janos Pilz 44 Duos for Two Violins ECM Records (2002)

NOT SO FAST… (!) Classical Tune-Up — The Final Show

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Greetings to all you fans of classical music!

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11/30/2015:  Please note that there will be one more Classical Tune-Up this Wednesday, 2 December. Stay tuned for further show and schedule announcements. Some good news to be sure! -CS

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Welcome to the Classical Tune-Up blog — the final entry, the final show…

The old adage is true, that all good things must come to an end. And so it is with Classical Tune-Up. Indeed, tonight is the final show. Classical Tune-Up is part of the “collateral damage” of KUSP’s reformatting itself into an “eclectic mix” of music for the Central Coast — and beyond.

To be sure, very smart people and executives have determined that there is hardly a place for classical programming at KUSP — and by extension, the Santa Cruz/Monterey region (and beyond) — because not only is tonight the final Classical Tune-Up, but this week is the final week of weeknight classical music programming at KUSP. 

Paul Jacobs, pianist (1930-1983)

Tonight’s show will pay tribute to a few of my favorite performers and pieces. It starts out with a complete run-through of Busoni’s Polyphonic Etudes, as performed by the man who opened every Classical Tune-Up show (with the first of these etudes), the late, great Paul Jacobs on piano. 

I met Mr. Jacobs in 1981 when I was an undergraduate student at UC San Diego, just a few years before his untimely death. He was a featured artist and lecturer and his rebellious words (regarding traditional instrumental study, specifically on piano) inspired me to continue my studies in music and piano. 

On a personal level, I would like to thank all the support that I received for this time slot, this show. I know that I replaced a much beloved host for more than 30 years, Dale Owen, who hosted A Classic Example in this time slot. Also, a great thanks to Nicholas Mitchell and Meera Collier, who were instrumental in bringing me into the group of pataphysicians here at KUSP.

Enjoy tonight’s final installment of Classical Tune-Up. But as I need to remind you, buckle up, and please stay seated until this ride comes to a final stop!

Sincerely,
-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

 

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Ferrucio Busoni (1866-1924) Six Polyphonic Etudes Paul Jacobs, piano The Legendary Busoni Recordings & Works by Bach, Bartok, Brahms, Messiaen, Stravinsky Arbiter Recording Company (Nonesuch records)
7:16 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34:

I. Allegro non troppo

II. Andante, un poco adagio

III. Scherzo: Allegro

IV. Finale. Poco sostenuto – Allegro non troppo

Tokyo String Quartet

 

Jon Nakamatsu, piano.

Brahms: Quintets, Op. 34 & Op. 115 Harmonia Mundi (2012)
8:00 Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) Fratres (For 12 Celli) The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa ECM Records (1984)
8:12 Perotin the Great Viderun Omnes (arr. Kronos Quartet) Kronos Quartet Kronos Quartet: Early Music Nonesuch Records (1997)
8:25 Henry Cowell (­­1897-1965) Hymn & Fuguing Tune No. 9 for Cello and Piano Sarah Feine, cello;

Josephine Gandolfi, piano

Henry Cowell: Set of Five – Four Combinations for Three Instruments – Hymn & Fuguing – Tune No. 9 – Trio in Nine Short Movements Koch International Classics (1995)
8:35 Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Ballade No. 1, Op. 23 In G Minor Arthur Rubinstein, piano Chopin: Ballades, Scherzi RCA Red Seal (1984)
8:43 Michael Praetorius (1572-1621) In Dulci Jubilo: Bincium; Tricinium; A quattro; Choral tutti.

 

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen I – A capella

Instrumenta Musica In Dulci Jubilo GEMA (2009)
8:49 Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Soirees de Vienne: Valse-Caprice no. 6 Vladimir Horowitz, piano Horowitz In Hamburg – The Last Concert Deutsche Grammophon (2008)
9:02 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata no. 31 in A flat major, op. 110 Wilhelm Kempff, piano Ludwig van Beethoven:  The Late Piano Sonatas Deutsche Grammophon (1965)
9:23 Trad. Folksongs. 1. Daybreak Dawned

2. Shopski airs

Eva Quartet

Milen Ivanov, cond.

Eva Quartet – Harmonies Kuker Music (2002)

Late, Great, Beethoven!

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Greetings to all you out there in MusicLand! 

The party at Classical Tune-Up continues — at least for this week… I hope you are enjoying the new (non-NPR) format that we present during the day. But I especially hope that you feel you are “home” when you tune into my show — or any of the evening shows here on KUSP. 

Georg Muffat (1653-1704)

Tonight starts out with truly some late, great Beethoven — the String Quartet in C minor, Op. 131. A fascinating, non-conformist structure that inspired (I have little doubt) the likes of Bela Bartok more than a century later. 

Enjoy!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

 

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hosted by Christopher Smith

(Performance times are approximate)

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131I. Adagio, ma non-troppo e molto espressivo

II. Allegro molto vivace

III. Allegro moderato

IV. Andante, ma non troppo e molto cantabilie

V. Presto

VI. Adagio quasi un poco andante

VII. Allegro

Cleveland String Quartet Beethoven:  String Quartets Op. 127 in E-Flat Major – Op. 131 in C-Sharp minor Telarc (1997)
7:45 Alfred Bachelet (1864-1944) Chère nuit(Text by Eugène Adenis)

 

Susan Graham, mezz-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano Un Frisson Français – a Century of French Song (Bonus Track Version) PM Classics (2008)
7:50 César Franck (1822-1890) Nocturne(Text by Louis de Fourcaud)
8:01 Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Concerto in C minor for Treble Recorder (RV 441) Michael Schneider, recorder 

Camerato Köln

Vivaldi – Concertos for Recorder BMG (1990)
8:10 Andrea Clearfield Convergence Barbara Westphal, viola;  Christian Ruvolo, piano Brahms and Clearfield: Convergences Bridge Records (2015)
8:21 Erik Satie (1866-1925) Trois Sarabandes Linda Burman-Hall, Erard Grand Piano Erik Satie: Visions LBH (2004)
8:34 Georg Muffat (1653-1705) Sonata in D Major for Solo Violin  The Rare Fruits Council & Manfredo Kraemer ertali, Böddecker, Bovicelli, Muffat & Westhoff: Rariora & Marginalia – Baroque Music for Violin Astrée / naïve (2003)
8:54 Anton Diabelli (1781-1858) Sonata No. 2 for Guitar, Op. 29.I. Allegro risoluto

II. Adagio

III. Menuetto, Allegro

IV. Rondo, Allegretto

Claudio Giuliani, guitar Diabelli: Complete Guitar Sontatas Brilliant Classics (2013)
9:19 Gordon Mumma (b. 1935) Sushiverticals:1. For Merce Cunningham

2. Octet, for David Behrman

3. for Lou Harrison

4. for Wm. Colvig

5. for C. T. Mumma

Daan Vandewalle, piano Gordon Mumma: Music for Solo Piano (1960-2001) Anthology of Recorded Music, Inc. (2008)