Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Thursday with Suzy Klein - Brian Blessed, Christmas Piggies

Suzy Klein presents potential companion pieces for a popular piece of music, and Brian Blessed lists his cultural inspirations and influences.

Essential Classics with Suzy Klein

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

0930 Suzy explores potential companion pieces for a well-known piece of music.
1010 Time Traveller. A quirky slice of cultural history
1050 Brian Blessed regales us with the experiences, times and places that have inspired him throughout his life.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Gabriel Fauré

    Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, Op 80 (Sicilienne)

    Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • Faure: Requiem, Pelleas et Melisande, Pavane: Te Kanawa/Milnes/Montreal/Dutoit.
    • Decca.
    • 10.
  • Richard Rodney Bennett

    Celebration for Orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • Chandos.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Keyboard Concerto No 2 in E major, BWV 1053

    Performer: Christophe Rousset. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music.
    • J.S. Bach The Complete Harpsichord Concertos.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Anon.

    Coventry Carol

    Choir: Tallis Scholars. Director: Peter Phillips.
    • Christmas Carols and Motets.
    • Gimell.
    • 6.
  • Jean Françaix

    Octet for clarinet, bassoon, horn, string quartet and double bass (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: The Gaudier Ensemble.
    • Francaix - A Huit; Divertissement; Clarinet Quintet.
    • Hyperion.
    • 4.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Young Apollo, Op 16

    Performer: Steven Osborne. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
    • Britten: Piano Concerto/Diversions/Young Apollo: Osborne/BBC SSO/Volkov.
    • Hyperion.
    • 6.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 3 in E flat major, Op 55, 'Eroica' (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Beethoven: The Symphonies, John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 1.
  • Anon.

    Coventry Carol

    Choir: Tallis Scholars. Director: Peter Phillips.
    • Christmas Carols and Motets.
    • Gimell.
    • 6.
  • Grace Williams

    Roundelay from The Dancers

    Singer: Eiddwen Harrhy. Choir: The Richard Hickox Singers. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Grace Williams: The Dancers etc.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 3.
  • Ben Parry

    Christmas Cards

    Choir: The King's Men.
    • Kings College.
  • Claude Debussy

    Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

    Performer: Susan Milan. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Tortelier.
    • French Impressions: Paul Tortelier, Jean-Bernard Pommier.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 8.
  • Pérotin

    Alleluia, Nativitas

    Performer: Jan Garbarek. Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • Officium Novum: Hilliard Ensemble/Jan Garbarek.
    • ECM.
    • 10.
  • Kenneth Leighton

    Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child

    Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • O magnum mysterium - 20th century carols and sarum chant.
    • Hyperion.
    • 28.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    5 Morceaux de fantaisie for piano (Op.3): no.2; Prelude in C sharp minor

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • Rachmaninov: Preludes Moments musicaux: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • Erato.
  • Lennox Berkeley

    String Serenade - 1st movement, Vivace

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • The Berkeley Edition, Volume 1.
    • Chandos.
    • 7.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No 5 in E flat major, Op 82 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.
    • John Storgards conducts Sibelius - Complete Symphonies; Three Late Fragments.
    • Chandos.
    • 7.
  • George Enescu

    Légende for trumpet and piano

    Performer: Tine Thing Helseth. Performer: Kathryn Stott.
    • Tine Thing Helseth, Kathryn Stott: Puccini, Falla, Hindemith, Rachmninov, Kreisl.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 3.
  • Martin Carling

    Sir Christemas

    Choir: BBC Singers. Performer: Richard Pearce. Conductor: David Hill.
  • Alec McGregor

    2017 Breakfast Carol Competition No 5. Sir Christemas

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op 6 No 8, 'Christmas Concerto'

    Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op.6.
    • Archiv.
    • 7-12.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonatina (Cantata No 106, 'Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit')

    Orchestra: Bach Collegium Japan. Director: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • J.S. Bach - Cantatas.
    • BIS.
    • 13.
  • Maurice Duruflé

    Organ Suite, Op 5 (Toccata)

    Performer: John Scott.
    • Maurice Durufle: Organ Music: John Scott.
    • Hyperion.
    • 6.
  • Fritz Kreisler

    Liebesfreud (Old Viennese Dances)

    Performer: Gil Shaham. Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Naoko Tanaka. Orchestrator: Clark McAlister.
    • Romances: Gil Shaham/Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 4.
  • Dominic Carter

    Sir Christemas

    Choir: BBC Singers. Performer: Richard Pearce. Conductor: David Hill.
    • 2017 Breakfast Carol Competition.
    • BBC recording.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Introduction and Allegro

    Performer: Osian Ellis. Ensemble: Melos Ensemble.
    • EMI.


Time Travellers: the podcast

Time Travellers: the podcast

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough presents quirky tales gathered from the corners of history.

The Essential Classics Playlist

The Essential Classics Playlist

Refresh your day with a great selection of classical music, picked by listeners.