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Essential Classics

Suzy Klein showcases the best in classical music, focusing on Rimsky-Korsakov and Sir Simon Rattle's return to the UK as music director at the LSO.

Essential Classics with Suzy Klein

Suzy Klein takes us through the morning with the best in classical music including :

0930 Suzy explores potential companion pieces for Rimsky-Korsakov. Scheherazade Op.35; 1. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
Rimsky-Korsakov described his symphonic suite Scheherazade as "an Oriental narrative of numerous and varied fairy-tale wonders" - with an ethereal solo violin taking the role of the legendary story teller of the Arabian Nights.

1010 Time Traveller. A quirky slice of cultural history

1050 As part of the "Rattle at Radio 3" season, we hear from Sir Simon about the ideas and influences that are important to him as he returns to the UK as Music Director at the LSO.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 6 in D major, 'Le matin' (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
    • Haydn: Symphonies no. 6-8@ Freiburger Barockorchester.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Richard Wagner

    Spinning Chorus (The Flying Dutchman)

    Music Arranger: Franz Liszt. Performer: Llŷr Williams.
    • Signum.
  • Percy Grainger

    Polska norvegien (Scandinavian Suite, third movement)

    Performer: Andreas Brantelid. Performer: Christian Ihle Hadland.
    • BIS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Alessandro (Overture)

    Orchestra: Brandenburg Consort. Conductor: Roy Goodman.
    • Handel: Arias and Duets from the era of 'The Rival Queens'.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Scheherazade, Op 35 (The Sea and Sinbad's Ship)

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade etc: Kirov Orchestra/Gergiev.
    • Philips.
    • 1.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude and Fugue in A minor, Op 87 No 2

    Performer: Tatiana Nikolayeva.
    • Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues Op. 87: Tatiana Nicolayeva.
    • Hyperion.
    • 3.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No 1

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 6-9.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Cavatina, Op 75a No 1

    Ensemble: Zemlinsky Quartet.
    • Praga.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Berceuse; Finale (The Firebird)

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie fantastique (March to the Scaffold)

    Ensemble: Anima Eterna Brugge. Director: Jos van Immerseel.
    • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Le Carnaval Romain.
    • Zig Zag Territories.
    • 4.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Overture in C major, 'Hamburger Ebb' und Fluth'

    Ensemble: Zefiro.
    • Ambroisie.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No 3 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. Conductor: Thomas Hengelbrock.
    • Elbphilharmonie Hamburg - The First Recording.
    • Sony.
    • 7.
  • Richard Strauss

    Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • ORFEO.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 102 in B flat major (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • William Alwyn

    Blackdown - A Tone Poem from the Surrey Hills

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Die Forelle, D 550

    Orchestrator: Benjamin Britten. Singer: Neil Mackie. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Steuart Bedford.
    • Britten: Serenade etc: Neil Mackie/Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Bedford.
    • EMI.
    • 15.
  • Tobias Picker

    Old and Lost Rivers

    Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach. Orchestra: Houston Symphony.
    • Barber, Copland, Berstein, PIcker: American Music of the 20th Century.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 14.
  • Jerome Kern

    Ol' man river

    Performer: Stéphane Grappelli. Performer: Martin Taylor.
    • We've got the whole world on a string: Grappelli/Taylor.
    • EMI.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Polonaise in E flat major

    Performer: Antal Doráti. Performer: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Dvorak: Czech Suite, Prague Waltzes etc: Detroit SO, Dorati.
    • Decca.
    • 7.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Andante favori

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Louise Farrenc

    Sextet in C minor (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Les Vents Français.
    • WARNER CLASSICS.
  • William Walton

    5 Bagatelles - No.5 - Con slancio

    Performer: Sean Shibe.
    • Delphian.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Overture on Hebrew Themes

    Performer: Stefan Vladar. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.

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