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Wednesday with Suzy Klein - Ireland's Sea Fever, Joyce DiDonato, Wishing Wells

Suzy Klein presents potential companion pieces for a popular piece of music, plus mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato lists her influences and inspirations.

Suzy Klein with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today we're beginning with John Ireland's setting of Masefield's poem "Sea Fever".

Other music in the programme includes a scherzo by British composer George Lloyd, an orchestral piece inspired by Balinese gamelan music by Nico Muhly, and a beautiful performance by pianist Boris Giltburg of Schumann's set of character pieces, "Papillons".

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. Today - Kate Romano on wishing wells, and our deep-seated desire to believe in the magical properties of throwing coins into water.

1050 Each day this week the world-famous mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato reveals the people, places and ideas that have inspired her throughout her life and illustrious career. Joyce leads the cast in the UK premiere of Jake Heggie's powerful opera about the American justice system and capital punishment, "Dead Man Walking", which is broadcast on Radio 3 on Saturday 26th May.

Today Joyce describes the profound effect that her involvement with this opera has had on her life.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga

    Los esclavos felices (Overture)

    Conductor: Charles Mackerras. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
    • Arriaga/Vorisek: Symphonies: Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Mackerras.
    • Hyperion.
    • 5.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Ombra mai fu

    Performer: Doron David Sherwin. Singer: Valer Barna-Sabadus. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • Erato.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Piano Trio No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 65, B. 130: II. Allegro grazioso - Meno mosso

    Ensemble: Mori Trio.
    • Dvořák: Piano Trios Nos. 3 & 4.
    • haenssler CLASSIC.
    • 102.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Souvenir d'une nuit d'été à Madrid

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky.
    • Chandos.
  • John Ireland

    Sea fever

    Singer: Jonathan Lemalu. Performer: Roger Vignoles.
    • EMI.
  • George Lloyd

    Symphony No 5 in B flat major (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: George Lloyd.
    • George Lloyd: Symphony No.5: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Lloyd.
    • Albany.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sonata in D major, D 384, 'Sonatina'

    Performer: Jean‐Guihen Queyras. Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Cantique de Jean Racine

    Choir: Accentus. Conductor: Laurence Equilbey. Ensemble: Orchestre national de France.
    • Naive.
  • Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov

    Valse-impromptu No. 3 in E major, Op. 70

    Performer: Florian Noack.
    • ARS PRODUKTION.
  • Time Traveller: Wishing Wells

    Duration: 02:23

  • Nico Muhly

    Wish You Were Here

    Orchestra: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Conductor: Edwin Outwater.
    • Analekta.
  • William Lawes

    Alman; Galliard (Fantasia Suite No 1 in G minor)

    Ensemble: London Baroque.
    • The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century England.
    • BIS.
    • 8-9.
  • John Ireland

    Sea fever

    Singer: Jonathan Lemalu. Performer: Roger Vignoles.
    • EMI.
  • Edward Elgar

    Where corals lie (Sea Pictures, Op 37)

    Singer: Janet Baker. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • Elgar: Cello Concerto/Sea Pictures: Du Pre/Baker/LSO/Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
    • 8.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Songs of Travel: 1. The Vagabond

    Performer: Bryn Terfel. Performer: Malcolm Martineau.
    • DG.
  • Herbert Sumsion

    They that go down to the sea in ships

    Performer: David Leigh. Choir: Ecclesium Choir. Conductor: Philip Stopford.
    • Leigh, David: British Church Composer Series Vol.9.
    • PRIORY.
    • 9.
  • Jean-Baptiste Singelée

    Grand Quatour Concertant, Op.79

    Ensemble: Ferio Saxophone Quartet.
    • FLUX.
    • Chandos.
    • 001.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Joyce DiDonato on Dead Man Walking

    Duration: 03:34

  • Jake Heggie

    Dead Man Walking. Act 2 Scene 3

    Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Singer: Philip Cutlip. Orchestra: Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Patrick Summers.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • Robert Schumann

    Papillons, Op 2

    Performer: Boris Giltburg.
    • NAXOS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Marche écossaise sur un thème populaire

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jerzy Maksymiuk.
    • Musica Mundi.
  • Alice Mary Smith

    Symphony in A minor (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Howard Shelley.
    • Chandos.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs

    Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • Lully: L'Orchestra du Roi Soleil/Le Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 4.
  • Trad.

    Arpeggiata addio

    Performer: Rolf Lislevand. Singer: Arianna Savall.
    • Nuove Musiche.
    • ECM New Series.
    • 1.
  • Max Reger

    Scherzo (Romantic Suite arr for ensemble)

    Music Arranger: Arnold Schoenberg. Ensemble: Lyon Opera Soloists.
    • Schoenberg: Kaiserwalzer and other Transcriptions: Soliste de l'Opera National d.
    • Erato.
    • 2.
  • Francesco Molino

    Duo, Op 16 No 3 (Polaca)

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Performer: Christian Rivet.
    • Around the World.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 20.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Overture: Ruy Blas

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • LSO LIVE.

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