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Vivienne Westwood, Debussy, and mesmerising cows

Suzy Klein brings the best in classical music, and talks to iconic fashion designer Vivienne Westwood about the works of art that have influenced her.

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 Debussy's "Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune."
Debussy's famous orchestral tone-poem is a languorous and hazy evocation of a shimmering heat-infused afternoon. Despite its apparent calm, the ten-minute piece changed the course of music history as the strange and ambiguous melodies and harmonies took musical composition in a radically new direction.

1010 Time Traveller. A quirky slice of cultural history. Matthew Sweet tells a story of how a Victorian cow came to be mesmerised.

1050 Suzy is joined by iconic fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood. Today, she talks about the creative partnership with her husband, the designer Andreas Kronthaler and the joy of recycling ideas!

3 hours

Music Played

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Moments musicaux, Op.16 - No.6 in C minor

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • Rachmaninov: Preludes, Moments musicaux: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • Erato.
    • 17.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Flute Concerto in D major, RV 428

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Orchestra: Australian Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Tognetti.
    • EMI.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Joie du sang des étoiles (Turangalîla-Symphonie)

    Performer: Steven Osborne. Performer: Cynthia Millar. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
    • Hyperion.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Vespro della Beata Vergine - Laetatus Sum

    Ensemble: Dunedin Consort and Players. Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts. Conductor: John Butt.
    • Linn.
  • Claude Debussy

    Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • Debussy: Orchestral Music: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Haitink.
    • Decca.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Bagatelle for 2 violins, cello and harmonium, Op 47 No 5

    Performer: Gábor Ormai. Ensemble: Takács Quartet.
    • Dvorak: String Quartets: Takacs Quartet.
    • Decca.
    • 5.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no. 8 (Op.93) in F major, 1st mvt; Allegro vivace e con brio

    Orchestra: Gewandhaus Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Much Ado About Nothing

    Performer: Gil Shaham. Performer: André Previn.
    • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Adagio and rondo in C minor K.617 for glass harmonica, flute, oboe, vla & vcl

    Performer: Dennis James. Ensemble: Salzburg Soloists.
    • NAXOS.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Grand March (Aida)

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • SONY.
  • Frederick Delius

    The Walk to the Paradise Garden

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet No 17 in B flat major, K 458, 'The Hunt' (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Hagen Quartett.
    • Hagen Quartet Mozart.
    • Myrios.
    • 8.
  • Erik Satie

    Je te veux

    Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
    • The Magic of Satie.
    • Decca.
    • 11.
  • Michael Torke

    Bright Blue Music

    Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • Michael Torke: Ecstatic Orange etc..
    • ARGO.
    • 5.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Trumpet Concerto in D major (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Håkan Hardenberger. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Iona Brown.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in A major, Op 118 No 2

    Performer: Hélène Grimaud.
    • ERATO.
  • Margaret Hubicki

    Rigaudon (Lonely Mere and Rigaudon)

    Performer: Robert Max. Performer: James Kirby.
    • Chandos.
  • Luigi Boccherini

    Guitar Quintet no. 9 in C major G.453 `La ritrata di Madrid` - 4th mvt

    Ensemble: Europa Galante.
    • Boccherini : String & Guitar Quintets, Minuet in A.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 211.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No 2 in C minor, 'Resurrection' (4th mvt; Urlicht)

    Singer: Magdalena Kožená. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • G. Mahler, Symphony no. 2 'Resurrection': Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattle.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 3.
  • Gabriel Pierné

    Scherzo-caprice, Op 25

    Performer: Stephen Coombs. Conductor: Ronald Corp. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
    • Pierne: The Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra: Stephen Coombs, BBCSSO, Corp.
    • Hyperion.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Suscipe clementissime Deus

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts.
    • Kings College Cambridge.
  • George Gershwin

    Stairway to Paradise; The man I love

    Ensemble: Harmonie Ensemble of New York. Conductor: Steven Richman.


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