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Friday with Suzy Klein - Kwame Kwei-Armah, Edgar Wallace and the Dictaphone, Tavener's Song for Athene

Suzy Klein's guest Kwame Kwei-Armah reveals the cultural influences that have shaped him.

Essential Classics with Suzy Klein

Suzy takes us through the morning with the best in classical music.

0930 Suzy explores potential companion pieces for John Tavener's 'Song for Athene', the composer's best known choral work written in 1993 and famously performed at Princess Diana's funeral. If someone likes this piece, what should they listen to next?

1010 Time Traveller. A quirky slice of cultural history
Matthew Sweet unravels a mystery involving a crime writer and some dictaphones

1050 Actor, director and playwright, the multi-talented Kwame Kwei-Armah reveals the cultural influences that have shaped him.
Today he picks the Jamaican poet Claude McKay's poem 'If We Must Die'.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Amy Beach

    Bal masqué, Op 22

    Performer: Kirsten Johnson.
    • Amy Beach: Piano Music Volume 1.
    • Guild.
    • 12.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata No 140 "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (opening chorus)

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • J.S. Bach, Cantatas Vol 12: Gardiner.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
    • 19.
  • Johan Svendsen

    Norwegian Artists' Carnival, Op 14

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Chandos.
  • Johann Georg Pisendel

    Sonata for violin and harpsichord in C minor - 3rd mvt 'Affetuoso'

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Ensemble: Brecon Baroque.
    • Channel.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Concert champêtre (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Pascal Rogé. Orchestra: Orchestre national de France. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • Poulenc: Concert Champetre; Sinfonietta, etc..
    • Decca.
    • 7.
  • John Tavener

    Song for Athene

    Choir: Gabrieli Consort. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • DG.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Wasps (Overture)

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Vaughan Williams: Orchestral works including Symphony no.3, The Wasps Overture,.
    • HALLE.
    • 7.
  • John Jenkins

    Divisions on a Ground in C major

    Performer: Robert Smith. Performer: Paolo Pandolfo.
    • The Excellency of Hand: English Viola da Gamba Duos.
    • Resonus.
    • 6.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Trio in G major, Op 1 No 2 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Anthony Marwood. Performer: Richard Lester. Performer: Susan Tomes. Ensemble: The Florestan Trio.
    • Beethoven: The Complete Music for Piano Trio, Vol. 3: Florestan Trio.
    • Hyperion.
    • 8.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Notturno in B major, Op 40

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Henry Purcell

    Wondrous machine (Hail! Bright Cecilia)

    Singer: Peter Harvey. Orchestra: Collegium Vocale Orchestra. Director: Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Variations on 'La ci darem la mano' in B flat major Op.2

    Performer: Daniil Trifonov.
    • DG.
  • Henry Purcell

    Funeral Music for Queen Mary (March)

    Performer: John Wallace. Performer: Michael Bochmann. Ensemble: Wallace Collection. Singer: Edward Barham. Choir: Leeds Festival Chorus. Ensemble: English String Orchestra. Conductor: William Boughton.
    • Rule Britanna.
    • Nimbus.
    • 27.
  • Peter Maxwell Davies

    Lullabye for Lucy

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Simon Joly.
    • Peter Maxwell Davies - Choral Works.
    • Collins Digital.
    • 4.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, K 216 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Baiba Skride. Orchestra: Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen.
    • Sony.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphonic Dances, Op 45

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
    • LPO.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    L'Amour est le dieu de la paix (Anacréon)

    Singer: Sandrine Piau. Orchestra: Les Paladins. Conductor: Jérôme Corréas.
    • Le Triomphe De L'Amour.
    • Naive.
    • 3.
  • William Grant Still

    Symphony no.1 'Afro American': 4. Lento, con risoluzione

    Orchestra: Chicago Sinfonietta. Conductor: Paul Freeman.
    • African Heritage Symphonic Series, Volume 1.
    • CEDILLE.
    • 12.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Rhapsodie in E flat major, op.119 no.4

    Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • Decca.
  • Johann David Heinichen

    Dresden Concerto in C major, S 211

    Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Köln. Conductor: Reinhard Goebel.
    • Johann David Heinichen Dresden Concerti Musica Antiqua Koln Reinhard Goebel.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 4.
  • Edward Elgar

    Sospiri for strings, harp and organ, Op 70

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • Elgar: Elgar's Music in Wartime: BBC Concert Orchestra/John Wilson.
    • Somm.
    • 3.
  • Charles Ives


    Performer: Tan Crone. Singer: Roberta Alexander.
    • Etcetera.
  • Leonard Bernstein


    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • Naxos.
  • Fritz Kreisler

    Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani

    Performer: Jack Liebeck. Performer: Katya Apekisheva.
    • Kreisler: Violin Music.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.


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