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Essential Classics with Suzy Klein

Suzy Klein showcases the best in classical music, focusing on Ravel and Sir Simon Rattle's return to the UK as Music Director at the LSO.

Essential Classics with Suzy Klein. Including:

0930 Suzy explores potential companion pieces pieces for Maurice Ravel. Bolero
Ravel thought of "Bolero" as "an experiment in a very special and limited direction" - seeing what he could do with just one theme, used obsessively to an explosive point of no return. He certainly didn't regard the result as one of his more important works, and yet now it is perhaps the most well known

1010 Time Traveller. A quirky slice of cultural history. Today, Kate Romano has been looking up to the sky

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. This morning, his mind is on football.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker (Waltz of the Flowers)

    Music Arranger: Nicolas Economou. Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nicolas Economou.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Divertimento (K.138) in F major

    Conductor: Gábor Takács‐Nagy. Orchestra: Manchester Camerata.
    • Chandos.
  • Louis Vierne

    Carillon de Westminster, Op 54 No 6

    Performer: Simon Preston.
    • Vierne: Carillon de Westminster, Widor: Orgelsymphonie No. 5: Simon Preston.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 6.
  • Maurice Ravel


    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Henry Purcell

    Sweeter than roses

    Performer: Benjamin Britten. Music Arranger: Benjamin Britten. Singer: James Bowman.
    • Decca.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G major, BWV 1049

    Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
    • J.S. Bach: Orchestral Music: Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 7.
  • Amy Beach

    Scottish Legend, Op.54`1

    Performer: Kirsten Johnson.
    • Amy Beach - Piano Music Volume 2.
    • Guild.
    • 20.
  • Amy Beach

    From Blackbird Hills, Op 83

    Performer: Kirsten Johnson.
    • Amy Beach: Piano Music Volume 3.
    • GUILD.
    • 11.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Vidi speciosam

    Choir: Nordic Voices.
  • Padre Antonio Soler


    Performer: Andreas Staier.
  • Georges Bizet

    L'Arlésienne Suite No 1

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • Bizet: Suites from L'Arlesienne and Carmen: Ulster Orch, Tortelier.
    • Chandos.
    • 13.
  • John Adams

    Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Adams: Harmonielehre etc: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Rattle.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 6.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto in F major, TWV43:F2

    Performer: Lorenzo Coppola. Performer: Tindaro Capuano. Ensemble: La Stagione Frankfurt. Conductor: Michael Schneider.
    • CPO.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Vissi d'arte (Tosca)

    Singer: Kiri Te Kanawa. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Pritchard.
    • Opera Arias: Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, Mozart.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 11.
  • Arnold Bax

    Red Autumn

    Performer: Seta Tanyel. Performer: Jeremy Brown.
    • Bax: Piano Duos Jeremy Brown/Seta Tanyel.
    • Chandos.
    • 4.
  • Aaron Copland

    Morning on the Ranch (The Red Pony)

    Orchestra: Buffalo Philharmonic. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Copland: Four dances from Rodeo: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/Falletta.
    • Naxos.
    • 7.
  • John McLaughlin

    Girls with red shoes

    Performer: Katia Labèque. Performer: Marielle Labèque.
    • Love of colours: Katia & Marielle Labeque.
    • Sony.
  • Clara Schumann

    Piano Concerto in A minor. Romance

    Performer: Lucy Parham. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchesta. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
    • Resonance.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier


    Orchestra: Toulouse Capitole Orchestra. Conductor: Michel Plasson.
    • EMI.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Rhapsodie in G minor, Op 79 No 2

    Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • Brahms: Rhapsodies, Waltzes, Piano Pieces, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich.
    • Philips.
    • 2.
  • George Butterworth

    The Banks of Green Willow

    Orchestra: English Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: William Boughton.
    • The Spirit of England.
    • Nimbus Records.
    • 4.


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