Classical Tune-Up

Let’s “Rach” Together! Let’s

Greeting music fans, young and old, welcome to the Classical Tune-Up blog.

April is an interesting month in a few ways. First, the famous iconoclasts Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Busoni (who’s polyphonic prelude No. 1 is the Classical Tune-Up theme) were born this month — and you will hear some of there music tonight. But, it’s also interesting because right here in Santa Cruz — KUSP’s “ground zero” — the April in Santa Cruz **free** music festival is happening up at UC Santa Cruz. Yes, all concerts to this relevant and innovative festival are FREE. If you heard my show of 2 April, you got a a great overview right here at the KUSP studios  by the key organizers and performers, Professors Karlton Hester and Ben Leeds Carson. I might even surprise you by a work from one of these two tonight!

So I invite you to tune or stream in, and let us tune you UP tonight on Classical Tune-Up!

-Christopher Smith

As almost always, the detailed playlist may be found here:


Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:02 Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Sonata for cello and piano in G minor, Op. 19 Steven Isserlis, cello

Stephen Hough, piano

Rachmaninoff – Franck: Cello Sonatas Hyperion (2003)
7:36 Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Symphony NO. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 “Classical” The National Symphony of Ukraine

Theodore Kuchar, conductor

Prokofiev:  Symphonies No. 1 “Classical”, No. 2; Dreams, Op. 6; Autumnal Sketch, Op. 8 Naxos (1996)
7:57 Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) String Quartet in E minor:

I.  Allegro

II.  Andantino

III. Prestissimo

IV. Scherzo Fuga. Allegro assai mosso

Guarneri Quartet:

Arnold Stenhardt & John Dalley, violins; Michael Tree, Viola; David Soyer, Cello

Guaneri Quartet:  Verdi Quartet in E Minor – Tchaikovsky Quartet in D, Op. 11 RCA Records [LP] (1985)
8:23 Alban Berg (1885-1935) Violin Concerto:

I.  Andante -Scherzo

II.  Allegro – Adagio

Rebecca Hirsch, violin

Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Eri Klas, conductor

Alban Berg:  Violin Concerto; Lyric Suite; Three Orchestra Pieces Naxos (1999)
8:53 Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) Fratres Gidon Kremer, violin

Keith Jarret, piano

Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa BMG Classics [ECM Records] (1984)
9:06 Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten Staatsorchester Stuttgart – Dennis Russell Davies, cond.
9:07 Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Prelude, Op. 3, No. 2 Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff BMB Classics [RCA Red Seal] (1989)
  Prelude, Op. 23, No. 10
Prelude, Op. 32, No. 3, No. 6, No. 7
Etude-Tableau, Op. 33 No. 2 & 7



A Great Lecture on Chopin

Dear Music Fans,

I recently saw a wonderful video (see below) of Garrick Ohlsson at UC Berkely in 2010 in an event called “Why Chopin?” Great stuff, and it includes a performance of the Nocturne in D Flat Major — stupendous! Take a look (1 hour 20 minutes run time) when you have the chance. By the way, Ohlsson was the first American to win first prize in the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition, in 1970. Check it out!

Tonight’s show will continue my redux of our wonderful Thursday evening show, Musica della Serra, by playing a different artist’s performance of a Beethoven piano sonata that Nicolas and Meera already presented. In this case, you’ll hear Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1, performed in this version by John O’Connor.

Enjoy tonight’s show!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:


Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:02 Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7:

I. Allegro

II. Adagio – Andante – Tempo I

III. Maestoso e largamente, ma non toppo lento – presto

Kennedy, violin

Lynn Harrell, cello

Kennedy—Harrell: Duos for Violin and Cello EMI Classics (2000)
7:30 Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) Bachianas brasilieras No. 1 (1930)

I. Introduction (Embolada)

II. Preludio (Modinha)

III. Fugue (Conversa)

Cello Octet Conjunto Iberico; Elias Arizcuren, cond. Brazil:  Cello Octet Conjunto Iberico Channel Classics (1999)
7:49 David Starobin (b. 1951) Variations on a Theme by Carl Nielsen David Starobin, guitar David Starobin – New Music with Guitar, Vol. 8 Bridge Records (2013)
8:05 Richard Wagner (1813-1883) Prelude to Tristan and Isolde Berlin Philharmonic

Herbert Von Karajan, conductor

Wagner – Preludes and Overtures EMI Records
8:25 Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1 John O’Conor, piano Beethoven Piano Sonatas:  Op. 10, No. 1 – Op. 10, No. 2 – Op.10, No. 3 – Op. 26 “Funeral March” Telarc (1990)
8:45 Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942) Seven Songs (post.) (1889-1890):

I. Die schlanke Wasserlilie

II. Gute Nacht

III. Liebe und Frühling

IV. Ich sah mein eigen Angesicht

V. Lieben und Leben

VI. In der Ferne

VI. In der Ferne

Hermine Haselböck, piano, Mezzo-soprano

&  Florian Henschel, piano

Songs By Zemlinksy Bridge Records (2008)
9:02 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Sonata in B Flat Major, K. 333 Vladimir Horowitz, piano Horowitz in Hamburg:  The Last Concert Deutsche Grammaphon (2008)



A Dutch Treat!

Greetings music lovers!

Tonight’s Classical Tune-Up will feature a positively Dutch treat — you will hear three of the Concerti Armonici written by the famed Dutch composer, Wilhelm van Wassenaer. These concerti were, for a long time, attributed to his famous contemporary,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. But it is now established that this great composer actually wrote these works.

Beyond that, I have some truly profound and moving vocal music that will open tonight’s show (brings me to tears…). And as usual, please stay seated until the ride comes to a complete stop!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist below:


Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:01 Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Three Poems by Stephan Malarmé (selection):

Soupir (“Sigh”)

Sarah Walker, soprano

The Nash Ensemble; Amelia Freedman (MBE), dir.

Ravel Virgin Classics (1994)
7:08 Count Unico Wilhelm Wassenaer (1692-1766) Concerti Armonici (selections), Nos. 1-3 Aradia Ensemble; Kevin Mallon, dir. Wilhelm van Wassenaer: Concerti Armonici Naxos (2000)
7:41 Franz Schubert (1797-1828) “Arpeggione” Sonata (D. 821) [arr. for guitar and string orchestra by John Williams & Christopher Gunning] John Williams, guitar

Australian Chamber Orchestra; Richard Tognetti, leader

John Williams:  Guiliani Guitar Concerto – Schubert “Arpeggione” Sonata Sony Classics (1999)
8:07 Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13 Jan Tomasow, violin

Franz Holetschek, piano

Jan Tomasow: Faure Violin Sonata Op. 13 & Debussy Violin Sonata, Les Plus que Lent, Il Pleure dans mon Coeur, Minstrels SBM [Sony] (1954/2001)
8:35 Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994) Symphonic Variations (1938) Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Antoni Wit, cond. The Best of Lutoslawski Naxos (2001)
8:45 Paganini Variations (1978)
8:55 Overture for Strings (1949)
9:05 Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2 Maurizio Pollini, piano Beethoven Sonatas Op. 2 – Pollini Deutsche Grammaphon (2007)

April in Santa Cruz (!)… and Tea for Three!

Hello to all you music fans out there in MusicLand!

It’s April in Santa Cruz, and that means festival time for great, locally performed music. I will have two guests in the studio to talk about the upcoming (and long-running) April in Santa Cruz Concerts at UC Santa Cruz. Tonight is the first Classical Tune-Up show in April. There’s a potpourri of concerts to choose from and attend. And the best part of it is that they are all FREE! Indeed, you can hear very novel and contemporary works as performed by student and faculty performers. Listen to what’s going on — artistically speaking — right under your nose. We’ll be talking a bit about this year’s series in the first hour.

Also tonight, I will be featuring various works that highlight the Trio form in some of its guises (string trio, piano trio).  A “classic” chamber music structure that rips a hole in the old adage “two’s company, three’s a crowd”! So sit down, relax with your favorite tea and enjoy tonight’s program, “Tea for Three!”

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:


Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:15 Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995) String Trio, Op. 1 (1927/1974) Endre Grana, violin; Leonard Pennario, piano Miklos Rozsa: Duo, Op. 7 – String Trio Op. 1 – Piano Quintet, Op. 2 Cambria Records (1988)
7:42 Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) Spanish Songs, Op. 100, from folk melodies & texts (1956)I. Farewell, Granada!II. Starlets

III. The First Encounter

IV. The Round Dance

V. The Dark-Eyed Girl

Iris Oja, mezzo-soprano; Roger Vignoles, piano Rachmaninov & Shostakovich Songs Harmonia Mundi (2008)
8:02 Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Baryton Trio No. 50 in D Major John Hsu, baryton; David Miller, viola; Loretta O’Sullivan, cello Haydn Divertimenti Dorian Recordings (1996)
8:14 François de Fossa (1775-1849) Guitar Trio No. 1 in A Major:I. Allegro non tantoII. Largo cantabile

III. Minuetto: Poco presto

IV. Rondo: Allegretto

Simon Wynberg, guitar; Martin Beaver, violin; Bryan Epperson, cello François de Fossa:  Guitar Trios, Op. 18 Naxos (1994)
8:43 Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) String Trio in C minor, Op. 9 No. 3 Itzhak Perlman, violin; Pinchas Zukerman, viola; Lyn Harrell, cello Beethoven String Trios – Opp. 3, 8, & 9 EMI Classics (1992)
9:11 Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Songs (selections):-Night-Christ is Risen

-The Ring

-I Await You


-I Beg You, Stay, Forsake Me Not!

-O do not grieve!

Iris Oja, mezzo-soprano; Roger Vignoles, piano Rachmaninov & Shostakovich Songs Harmonia Mundi (2008)

Finishing Up Our March Madness…

Greetings Music Fans!

Tonight’s show will finish up some of the March madness I began some weeks ago — since it is my last show before April (and I’ll give you a Primer on April later…). As I mentioned in previous blog entries, March is oddly packed with a plethora of crazy-good composers who were born this Month. OK, each month has someone of note, but March seems a bit more top-heavy in this aspect, I think…

We will hear some fascinating, so-called “contemporary” music from an icon from this region (UCSC to be exact), the composer Gordon Mumma. You’ll hear some of his very delicate and sublime pieces — and don’t be scared away — he has a sensitivity and approach that are well worth your ears.

You’ll also hear from Georg Telemann — and I’m literally going to “mail it in” :-)   !!

But, I will need to start the show with a highlight of one of the greats from the 19th Century, Mr. F. Chopin. You’ll hear his complete set of Ballades from one of my favorite and cherished vinyl LP’s.\

So please tune in to Classical Tune-Up this evening, sit back, and enjoy the ride with me.

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s Detailed playlist is here:


Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:04 Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Complete Ballades for Piano:(1) No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

(2) No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38, Op. 38

(3) No. 3 in A Flat Major, Op. 47

(4) No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Steven Gordon, piano Steven Gordon Plays Chopin – The Four Ballades and the Barcarolle Klavier Records [LP] (1985)
7:40 Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) Sonata Prima in A Major for flute, violin, cello, and basso-continuo Freiburger BarockConsort:Karl Kaiser, flute; Petra Muellejans, violin; Kristin von der Goltz, cello; Hille Perl, viola de gamba; Lee Sanana, lute; Torsten Johann, harpsichord G.P. Telemann:  The Paris Quartettes – Freiburger BarockConsort Harmonia Mundi (2003)
7:50 Sonata Seconda in G mino for flute, violin, viola de gamba, and basso-continuo
8:04 Ross Lee Finney Piano Trio No. 2 (1954) American Trio:Charles Avsharian, violin; Jerome Jelinek, cello; Joseph Gurt, piano American Contemporary:  Bolcom Piano Quartet; Finney Piano Trio No. 2 CRI Composers Recordings (1981)
8: 28 Arcangelo Corelli (1652-1713) Sonata for Violin No. 5 in G minor, Op. 5 The Locatelli Trio:Elizabeth Wallfisch, violin; Paul Nicholson, harpsichord; Richard Tunnicliffe, cello Corelli:  12 Violin Sonatas, Op. 5 Hyperion (1990)
Sonata for Violin No. 6 in G Major, Op. 5
8:49 Gordon Mumma (b. 1935) “Four Pack Ponies” (solo piano) Daan Vanderwalle, piano Gordon Mumma:  Music for Solo Piano (1960-2001) New World Records (2008)
9:04 Samuel Barber (1910-1981) Sonata for Piano, Op. 26 Van Cliburn, piano Van Cliburn:  Mozart Sonata K.330; Barber Sonata; Debussy (selections) BMG Classics (RCA Victor, 1990))
9:27 Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Etudes for Piano, Op. 10 (selections):No. 1 in C Major; No. 2 in A minor Boris Berezovsky, piano Chopin Etudes Apex (2001)


A Mandarin that is Miraculous!

Greetings to all fans musical!

Tonight, we will look at a Mandarin who is truly remarkable — yes, I will play Béla Bartók’s suite to the Miraculous Mandarin — a truly spectacular orchestral program piece adopted from his ballet of the same name.

It tells the story of three “tramps” who are looking to make an easy score — steal money from passers-by. They force a girl to perform an alluring dance to entice them into a room, where the tramps would attack and rob the person. After some failed attempts, a wealthy Chinese man (a “Mandarin”) walks by and is lured by her charms… the tramps attack — but this guy simply won’t die! Try as they might, they can’t kill him and get his money… He hangs onto Life, looking longingly at this woman of his affections. In the end, he finally dies from his wounds   But since  Bartók’s birthday is March 25th — he would be 133 years old! — I thought I’d present this fabulous bit of orchestral (ballet) writing, among other treats on tonight’s Classical Tune-Up. Enjoy!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here.

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:06 Béla Bartók (1881-1945) Suite to the Miraculous Mandarin (1926) St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra & The Miraculous Mandarin (complete) BMG Classics [RCA Red Seal] (1994)
7:36 César Frank (1822-1890) Symphonic Variations Francois-Joel Thiollier, piano

Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, Roberto Benzi, conductor

César Frank – Symphonic Variations, Les Djinns, Piano Concerto No. 2 Naxos (1997)
7:58 Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) [1913], two piano transcription by I. Stravinsky Andrei Vieru and Dan Grigore, pianos Moussorgsky Tableus d’une exposition – Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps Harmonia Mundi (1997)
8:42 Joan Tower (b. 1938) Rising (2010) Carol Wincene, flute; Kevin Lawrence, violin; Carolyn Stuart, violin; Sheila Brown, viola; Brooks Whitehouse, cello American Flute Quintets Bridge Records (2012)
9:01 Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987) Harpsichord Sonata No. 7 Op. 156 Barbara Harbach, harpsichord 20th Century Harpsichord Music Kingdom Records (1988)
9:15 Henry Cowell (1897-1965) Trio in Nine Short Movements (1965) Kay Stern, violin; Sarah Fiene, 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 (1994)

A Quick Tune-Up

Greetings dear music Fans! Tonight is a shortened version of Classical Tune-Up due to the special programming of the Panetta Lecture.

I can’t stay away from the March-born composers because there are so many amazing ones. So tonight, that’s what you’ll mostly get. Let’s start with Ravel — an iconic violin sonata — and segue to Chopin with a twist:  A not-often heard work. Sprinkle some other goodies in for your pleasure, short as it is tonight for Classical Tune-Up.


-Christopher Smith

Detailed playlist is below:

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
8:26 Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Sonata for Violin and Piano in G MajorI. Allegretto

II. Blues (Moderato)

III. Perpetuum mobile

Graf Mourja, violin; Elena Rozanova, piano Les Nouveaux Interpretes: Ravel, Schnittke, Szymanowski Harmonia Mundi
8:40 Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Bolero, Op. 19 Olga Kern, piano Chopin:  Piano Concerto No. 1 – Olga Kern Harmonia Mundi
Fantasie-Impromptu, Op. 66
9:04 Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Empress of the Pagodas (arr. Paul Binkley) The Modern Mandolin Quartet:John Imholz, Dana Rath, Paul Binkley, Mike Marshall Modern Mandolin Quartet:  Intermezzo Windham Hill Records (1990)
9:08 Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) Cool (arr. John Imholz)
9:12 Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) Gavotte
9:15 Claude Debussy (1862-1918) The Maid with the Flaxen Hair (fr. Piano preludes; arr. Paul Binkley)
9:20 Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) Polka
9:22 J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Gm Fugue (fr. Sonata # 1 for violin in g minor)
9:26 Aaron Copland (1900-1990) Hoedown (arr. John Imhoz)


March Madness!

Greetings to all you music lovers out there in Radio- and Web-Land!

I’ve got to tell you that it’s hard for me to overstate the craziness of March in terms of the panoply of famous — and I do mean FAMOUS — composers born this month!

Let’s start with some pictures (look for at the bottom of this post) and see how you do — can you name them all without cross-checking?…

Also, please keep in mind that we are into our second week of the KUSP membership drive. Please be sure to become a new member, or renew your membership. It’s easy to call the station at 888.777.1507 or go to our secure “Donate” zone at And thanks! Back to the music…


And do try and guess all of these composers — and if you guess them I’ll will give you the prize! :-)

Christopher Smith

Tonight’s playlist details are here:


Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) Choros No. 1;

Prelude No. 1 in E minor;

Prelude no. 2 in D

Julian Bream, guitar Julian Bream:  The Ultimate Guitar Collection BMG Classics (RCA Victor)
7:20 Anton Diabelli (1781-1858) Sonata No. 1 in C (solo guitar) Claudio Giuliani, guitar Diabelli – Complete Guitar Sonatas Brilliant Classics
7:40 Maurice Ravel (1887-1937) Bolera (arr. for two pianos by M. Ravel) Steven & Nadya Gordon, duo-pianos Bolero! Centerline Records
7:49 George Gershwin (1898-1937) Three Preludes (Arr. by James Cohn) Jon Manasse, clarinet

Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Bernstein – Gershwin – Navacek – D’Rivera:  American Music for Clarinet & Piano Harmonia Mundi
8:03 J. S. Bach (1685-1750) English Suite No. 3 in G minor (BWV 808) Huguette Dreyfus, harpsichord Johann Sebastian Bach – Englishe Suiten Archiv Produktion (1974)
8:25 Anon. Catalan Folk Song:  Song of the Birds Mariko Anraku, harp Mariko Anraku EMI Classics (1999)
8:35 Carlos Salzedo (1885-1918) Scintillation, Op. 31 Yolanda Kondonassis, harp Scintillation Telarc Digital
8:52 CPE Bach (1714-1788) Sonata wq. XIII No. 135 Ku Ebbinge, oboe

The Amserdam Baroque Orchestra; Tom Koopman, dir.

CPE Bach: Concertos for Oboe and Basse Continuo Erato (1990)
9:06 Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Waltzes (selections):

Op. 70 no.2 en F minor; Op. 70 no. 3 in D flat major;

Op. Posth. in E Major; Op. posth. in E  minor; Op. 34 No. 2 in A minor; Op. posth. in A-flat major

Alexandre Tharaud, piano The Complete Waltzes of Chopin Harmonia Mundi (2006)

A Very Special Week…

Hello there to all you fans of all things musical! This week and next, you’ll get two very special installments of Classical Tune-Up.

Today, we’ve kicked off the Spring pledge drive at KUSP — and Classical Tune-Up is the first evening music program to have the privilege to extend our special brand of community out to you with the hopes that you will continue your support of this community, or join and become one of its new members!

As always, you will here the eclectic and compelling mix of music many of you have come to expect, but I will also be joined, in studio, by Sabrina Eastwood — host of KUSP’s Performing Arts Calendar — for the duration of tonight’s show. So join me and Sabrina as we take you on another unique musical journey of the kind you only can get on KUSP and

Please enjoy the show, and please pledge your support for this station and its unique programming by clicking the “Donate” button on the website!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detail playlist is here:


Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:02 Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Scherzo No. 3 in C Sharp minor Jon Nakamatsu, piano N/A [Unpublished live performance at Alice Tulley Hall, NYC, 14 March 2007) N/A
7:09 Scherzo No. 4 in E Major Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano Chopin – 4 Ballades, 4 Scherzi Decca Records
7:26 Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) Sonata for violin, No. 2, Op. 108

I. Allegro non troppo

II. Andante

III. Final, Allegro non troppo

Isabelle Faust, violin

Florent Boffard, piano

Fauré:  Sonatas for Violin and Piano Harmonia Mundi
7:52 W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) Quartet for Flute, K285, D Major Jean-Pierre Rampal, Flute; Isaac Stern, violin; Salvatore, viola; Mstislav Rostropovich, cello Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  The Flute Quartets CBS Records Masterworks (1987)
8:08 Walter Piston (1894-1976) Three Pieces for Flute, Clarinet, & Bassoon

I. Allegro scherzando

II. Lento

III. Allegro

John Barcellona, flute; Wm. Helmers, clarinet; Patricia Nelson, bassoon Rainbow Sundae – The Westwood Wind Quintet Crystal Records (2013)
8:19 Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1942) Jon Manasse, clarinet

Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Bernstein, Gershwin, Novacek, D’Rivera – American Music for Clarinet and Piano Harmonia Mundi (2010)
8:39 Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) Piano Trio in E flat major, WoO 38

I. Allegro moderato

II. Scherzo: Allegro ma non troppo — Trio

III. Rondo Allegretto

The Florestan Trio Beethoven – The Complete Music for Piano Trio – 3 Hyperion (ca 2003)
9:00 W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 23 in A Major, K. 488 Chick Corea, piano

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

Bobby McFerrin, Conductor & Volalist

Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea – The Mozart Sessions Sony Classical
9:18 Georg Boehm (1661-1733) I. Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ

II. Christ lag in Todesbanden

III. Rondo Allegretto

Gustav Leonhardt, organ (Arp Schnitger Organ at St. Jacobi Church at Hamburg) The Arp Schnitger Organ at St. Jacobi Church at Hamburg – Gustav Leonhardt Sony Classical

Passing into Palestrina…

Dear fans of all things Classical! Tonight, I will continue to tune you up with the music of the 16th Century — specifically, you’ll hear some of the awesome tunes by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina — or as we like to call him, Palestrina. It’s a logical progression from my show from last week, “On Again, Ockeghem!”

Cartoon: Giovanni di Palestrina (medium) by Alexei Talimonov tagged giovanni,di,palestrina

And like I often say, please enjoy the ride and stay seated until it comes to a complete stop!

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:



Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Giovanni Palestrina (1525-1594) Three Motets:  Sicut cervus desiderat; Super flumina babylonis; vidi turbam magnam Choir of Westminster Catherdal

James O’Donnel, conductor

Palestrina: Missa Aeterna Christi Munera Hyperion (1991)
7:43 Four Motets from Canticum Canticorum
7:45 Filippo de Monte (1521-1603) Di mie dogliose note Concerto Italiano

Rinaldo Alessandrini, dir.

Gesualdo – O Dolorosa Gioia Opus 111 (2000)
7:50 Pomponio Nenna (1556-1613) Occhi miei che vedeste
7:54 Giovan Domenico Montella (1570-1607) Se lontana voi sete
7:58 Joanabrosio Dalza (1508?) Saltarello; Piva (two lutes) Ronn McFarlane & Mark Cudek, lutes Between Two Hearts Dorian Recordings (1996)
8:03 Pierre Attaingnant (1494-1552) Pavane, branle gay; pavane; Gaillarde; la rote de rode Ronn McFarlane, lute
8:09 Simone Molinaro (1565-1615) Ballo ditto il conte Orlando; Saltarello
8:13 Cesar Negri (1535-1605) Spagnoletto; Catena d’amore; Ballo so ben mi chi ha buon tempo; nizzanta
8:18 Ilya Lisogub (1787-1867) Sonata for cello and piano in C minor (ca. 1820):

I. Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Rondo

Julia Pantelyat, cello

Dmitrij Manelis, piano

Ukranian Cello – Works of Lisogub, Kossenko, Shtogarenko, Ishchenko Dorian Discovery (1994)
8:44 Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 5 No 1 (1796) David Finckel, cello

Wu Han, piano

Beethoven – Complete Works for Piano & Cello ArtistLed (1998)
9:09 Béla Bartók (1881-1945) 44 Duos for Violin (selections) Itzhak Perlman, violin

Pinchas Zukerman, violin

Bartók 44 Duos – Shostakovich Three Violin Duets – Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins EMI Classics