Classical Tune-Up

Something Schubert!

Greetings music fanatics!

Tonight’s episode of Classical Tune-Up will feature “Something Schubert” — that is, music by this great composer of the Viennese school (some scholars might argue against that assertion). 

You’ll hear the Symphony in E “1825″ — a so-called “lost” symphony and one that was published posthumously (like other works of his). This symphony was sketched carefully by Mr. Schubert, and possibly referred to while he was still alived — Schubert died in 1927 at the age of 30 — and cleaned up by editors (apparently) in the mid-2oth century, when the symphony resurfaced. I’ll try to provide more details during a break in the show. 

I will also present some other works by Schubert in the second hour as well.

Please sit back, relax, and enjoy something of Schubert on tonight’s Classical Tune-Up

-Christopher Smith

Detailed playlist for tonight is here:


Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Symphony in E Major “1825” (posth.) Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra

Gerhard Samuel, conductor

Franz Schubert:  Symphony in E “1825” – World Premier Recording – Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra – Gerhard Samuel, conductor Centaur Records, Inc. (1992)
8:06 Sonata in G minor, D.408, op. 137 no. 3 Andrew Manze, violin

Richard Egarr, fortepiano

Schubert Sonatas for Violin & Piano:  Op. 137 Nos. 1-3 & Op. 162 Harmonia Mundi (2007)
8:27 Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) Concerto I in D Major:

I. Largo-Allegro-Largo-Allegro

II. Largo

III. Allegro

IV. Allegro

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Nicholas McGegan, harpsichord continuo/director

Arcangelo Corelli – Concertos Volume I Harmonia Mundi (2001)
8:43 Concerto II in C minor:

I. Largo

II. Allegro

III. Grave

IV. Vivaci

V. Allegro

8:53 (arr) Ermano Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948) Itailian Songs (selections) Elisabeth Schwartzkopf, soprano

Gerald Moore, piano

“Encores” – Elisabeth Schwartzkopf EMI Records (1990)
9:07 Irving Fine (1914-1962) The Hour Glass (1949):

I. O Know to End As to Begin

II. Have You Seen the While Lily Grow?

III. O Do Not Wanton with Those Eyes

IV. Against Jealousy

V. Lament

VI. The Hour-Glass

Eric Banks & The Esoterics Immaginosa: American Inspiration and the Modern Madrigal Terpsichore Records (2012)
9:22 George Perle (1915-2009) Toccata (1969) Michael Brown, piano George Perle: Eight Pieces (1938-1997) 2014 Bridge Records, Inc.

“What IS ‘Classical Music’”? — Epilogue

Dear Music Fan,

The first hour of tonight’s Classical Tune-Up is donated to the Carmel Bach Festival, the “Stormy Quartets” concert. Please take your seat and enjoy the rebroadcast.

At the 8 o’clock hour, we are back in full-blown Classical Tune-Up mode. I will follow up on some key works that are my attempt to answer the question I posed last week:  What IS “Classical Music”?

From Carmel Bach Festival to a shortened Classical Tune-Up — enjoy tonight’s great music.

Christopher Smith


What IS “Classical Music”?

Thanks to all who called in with their comments and support of this program last night. I know I didn’t “answer” the question (sounds like a name for an orchestral piece!), “What IS Classical Music?” — but I gave you at least my impression of what I consider to be a range of music and performances that this term might very legitimately include.

Listen to the recording link — I think there are some performance gems in there (check out the Duke Ellington performance of his own orchestral work!).

Cheers! -CS


Indeed, as promised, I’m here tonight to answer that question – “What is Classical Music?” — to the best of my ability.

I’m willing to dive into this touchy topic and examine this question in purely musical terms – playing mostly movements of works – we’ll hear some performances of works you might not consider to be classical, and you’ll also hears some so-called “crossover” performances and compositions that might fit better in another “Billboard category” – which is often the name of the game.

Expect some twists and turns. Expect to say to yourself, “that’s not classical music!” – maybe more than once. But I’m going give you my sense of all things “classical” because we live in a world of organized sound and sounds – and as the American Composer John Cage taught us, almost any sound can feel like music, no matter how organized or random.

 Thank you for listening. Enjoy tonight’s Classical Tune-Up. 

-Christopher Smith

Tonight’s detailed playlist is here:

Classical Tune-Up

Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm

Playlist for Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hosted by Christopher Smith

Time Composer Selection Performers Record Title Label
7:03 Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, first movement (Allegro con brio) Berlin Symphony OrchestraKurt Sanderling, conductor The World of the Symphony: Beethoven Symphony No. 5 and No. 6 LaserLight Digital
7:11 W. A. Mozart (1756-91) Quintet in A for Clarinet and Strings, K.581; second movement (Largehtto) Benny Goodman, clarinetBoston Symphony String Quartet Mozart at Tanglewood BMG (1997)
7:22 Bela Bartok (1881-1945) 6 Pieces from the Mikrokosmos (for two pianos) Chick Corea & Nicolas Economou, duo pianos Chick Corea and Nicolas Economou on Two Pianos Deutschgrammphon (1983)
7:30 Duke Ellington (1899-1974) New World A’Coming Duke Ellington, pianoCincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Erich Kunzel, conductor Duke Ellington – Orchestral Works MCA Classics (1989)
7:41 George Gershwin (1898-1937) Allegro Agitato from the Piano Concerto in F Jon Nakamatsu, pianoRochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Jeff Tyzik, cond. George Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F; Rhapsody in Blue; Cuban Overture Harmonia Mundi (2007)
7:50 Chick Corea (b. 1941) “Song for Amadeus” (Vocal and Piano Improvisation on Mozart’s Sonata No. 2 in F Major, K.280/189e Chick Corea, pianoBobby McFerrin, vocals Chick Corea and Bobby McFerrin:  The Mozart Sessions Sony Classical (1996)
7:57 The Beatles [Lennon-McCartney] Because (a cappella) The Beatles The Beatles Anthology III Apple Records (1996)
8:00 Ross Lee Finney (1906-1997) On A Round Ball (text by John Donne) The Esoterics & Eric Banks (cond.) The Esoterics: Imaginosa: American Inspiration and the Modern Madrigal Terpsichore Records (2012)
8:03 Anon./Trad. Folksong. Daybreak Dawned (arr. by Stefka Kushleva) Eva QuartetMilen Ivanov, cond. Eva Quartet – Harmonies Kuker Music
8:06 Anon. I. Responsorium: O magnum mysteriumII. Graduale infra Octavam Nativitatis DominiIII. Introitus Dominicae secundaeIII. In Epiphania DominiIV. In Baptismate Domini Choralschola Der Wiener Hofburgkapelle & Hubert Dopf S.J., dir. Gregorian Chant: Hymns and Vespers for the Feast of the Nativity Philips (1986) [℗ 1986 Universal International Music B.V.]
8:30 J. S. Bach (1685-1750) The Goldberg Variations [selections} Janne Rättyä, accordion J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations (Arranged for Accordion) Ondine (2012)
9:03 Steve Reich (b.1936) Music for 18 Musicians (Coldcut Remix) N/A Reich Remixed ℗ 1999 Nonesuch Records for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world
9:08 Lou Harrison (1917-2003) Suite No. 2 (1972/92) for Guitar, Harp, Percussion. John Schnieder, guitarAmy Shulman, celtic and concert harpsGene Sterling, percussion Just West Coast – Microntonal Music for Guitar and Harp Bridge Records (1993)
9:17 LaMonte Young (b.1935) Sarabande John Schnieder, guitarAmy Shulman, celtic and concert harps
9:25 Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) Litany (first movement) Kumo Ogano, piano Toru Takemitsu Solo Piano Works Decca (1991)

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 MajorI. 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-MusicaFranceso 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 SingersJohn 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 BaroqueCharles 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.