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Essential Classics with Suzy Klein

Suzy Klein showcases the best in classical music, focusing on Handel 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 for Handel's great oratorio "Messiah"
Perhaps the most well-known choral pieces in the repertoire, Handel's Messiah garnered rave reviews from the off. "The Sublime, the Grand, and the Tender, adapted to the most elevated, majestick and moving Words, conspired to transport and charm the ravished Heart and Ear," enthused the Dublin Herald after the premiere. Is there anything else that comes close?

1010 Time Traveller. A quirky slice of cultural history

1050 As part of the "Rattle on 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

  • Gustav Holst

    Suite No 2 in F major for military band, Op 28 (March)

    Orchestra: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra. Conductor: Timothy Reynish.
    • Holst/Vaughan Williams: British Wind Band Classics: Timothy Reynish.
    • Chandos.
    • 4.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Symphony in D major, Wq 183 No 1

    Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin. Director: Hans-Christoph Rademann.
    • C P E Bach – Magnificat.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 12-14.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude and Fugue No.5 in D major, Op.87

    Performer: Peter Donohoe.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Serenade for Violin and Orchestra in G minor, Op.69 No.2 (Lento assai)

    Performer: Julian Rachlin. Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • Sony Classical.
  • George Frideric Handel

    I know that my redeemer liveth (Messiah)

    Singer: Lucy Crowe. Ensemble: Le Concert d’Astrée. Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm.
    • ERATO.
  • Hugo Alfvén

    Swedish Rhapsody No 1, 'Midsummer Vigil'

    Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • Sibelius: Finlandia; Valse Triste; Grieg: Sigurd Jorsalfar; Salonen.
    • SONY.
    • 1.
  • Astor Piazzolla

    Fuga y Mistero

    Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Ivan Meylemans.
    • RCO.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto for flute, harp and orchestra in C major, K.299 (Rondo. Allegro)

    Performer: Xavier de Maistre. Performer: Magali Mosnier. Performer: Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg. Conductor: Ivor Bolton.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Béla Bartók

    Hungarian Folk Tunes

    Performer: Ida Haendel. Performer: Ivor Newton.
    • BEULAH.
  • Béla Bartók

    Hungarian Sketches for orchestra - no.2; Bear dance

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Bartok: Orchestral Works Vol.1: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer.
    • Philips.
    • 4.
  • Roger Quilter

    A Children's Overture Op. 17

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • Overtures From The British Isles Vol. 2.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 9.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in E major, K 380

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Scarlatti : Sonatas: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Soave sia il vento (Act 1, Cosi Fan Tutte)

    Singer: Simone Kermes. Singer: Malena Ernman. Singer: Konstantin Wolff. Ensemble: MusicAeterna. Conductor: Teodor Currentzis.
    • SONY.
  • Sally Beamish

    Seavaigers (Haven)

    Performer: Chris Stout. Performer: Catriona McKay. Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble.
    • McKay Stout Music.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Rondo a capriccio in G major, Op 129, 'Rage Over a Lost Penny'

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • VOXBOX.
  • Duke Ellington

    That Doo-wah Thing

    Performer: Clark Terry. Performer: Bobby Watson. Performer: Joshua Redman. Performer: Joe Lovano. Performer: Regina Carter. Performer: Geri Allen. Performer: Lewis Nash. Singer: Peter Washington. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Suor Leonora d'Este

    Haec dies quam fecit Dominus

    Choir: Musica Secreta. Choir: Celestial Sirens. Director: Laurie Stras. Director: Deborah Roberts.
    • Lucrezia Borgia's Daughter.
    • 3.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Danza Ritual del Fuego (Ritual Fire Dance) from El amor brujo

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Kazuki Yamada.
  • Johann Paul von Westhoff

    Violin Sonata No 3, 'Imitazione delle campane'

    Performer: Daniel Hope. Performer: Jonathan Cohen.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 12.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Étude de rhythme, Op 52 No 4

    Performer: Piers Lane.
    • Saint-Saens: The complete etudes: Piers Lane.
    • Hyperion.
    • 5.
  • Richard Wagner

    Träume (Wesendonck Lieder)

    Music Arranger: Felix Mottl. Singer: Nina Stemme. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • BIS.
  • Maurice Ravel


    Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • John Dowland

    Semper Dowland semper dolens

    Performer: Paul O’Dette.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Rhapsody in A flat major, Op.45 No.3

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Trio sonata in D major Op.3`2

    Ensemble: Avison Ensemble.
    • LINN.


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