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Thursday with Suzy Klein - Joyce DiDonato, Junk Telegrams, Debussy's Reverie

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 are in the dreamy world of Debussy's 'Reverie'.

Other music in the programme includes Mozart's First Symphony, Schubert's Variations on an original theme D.813 played by Steven Osborne and Paul Lewis, and a waltz sequence from Richard Strauss's Rosenkavalier.

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. Today Matthew Sweet looks at the history of junk mail.

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.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Antonio Salieri

    Les Danaides (Overture)

    Orchestra: Les Talens Lyriques. Director: Christophe Rousset.
    • Antonio Salieri: Les Danaides.
    • 1.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Élégie en accords alternés

    Performer: Louis Lortie. Performer: Hélène Mercier.
    • Chandos.
  • Ermanno Wolf‐Ferrari

    Suite veneziano, Op. 18: I. In Laguna. Andante tranquillo

    Conductor: Ariane Matiakh. Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • R. Strauss: Aus Italien, Op. 16 - Wolf-Farrari: Suite veneziano.
    • CapriccioNR.
    • 1.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Ave Maria

    Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • Bruckner: Mass in E minor/Motets: Polyphony/Britten Sinfonia/Layton.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Le corsaire

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Chandos.
  • Claude Debussy


    Performer: Noriko Ogawa.
    • Noriko Ogawa - Debussy Piano Music, Volume 5.
    • BIS.
    • 6.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    I vespri siciliani: La primavera

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly. Orchestra: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
    • Decca.
  • Francisco Guerrero

    Ave virgo sanctissima

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Renaissance Music for Inner Peace.
    • 14.
  • Franz Schubert

    Variations on an original theme in A flat major, D.813

    Performer: Steven Osborne. Performer: Paul Lewis.
  • John Dowland

    Can she excuse my wrongs

    Performer: Thomas Dunford. Singer: Iestyn Davies.
    • Dowland - The Art of Melancholy.
    • Hyperion.
    • 7.
  • Time Traveller: Junk Telegrams

    Duration: 02:31

  • Johan Svendsen

    Festive Polonaise

    Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Bjarte Engeset.
    • Naxos.
  • Antonio Bazzini

    La ronde des lutins (Scherzo fantastique for violin and piano)

    Performer: Leonidas Kavakos. Performer: Peter Nagy.
    • Leonidas Kavakos plays Kreisler/Paganini/Wieniawski/Tchaikovsky/Debussy/Schubert.
    • Delos.
    • 2.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Moments musicaux, Op 16 (No 5 in D flat major)

    Performer: Evgenia Rubinova.
    • Cavi-music.
  • John Philip Sousa

    The Thunderer

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Kristjan Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No.1 in E flat major, K.16

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Richard Egarr.
    • AAM.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Joyce DiDonato on Jonathan Larson

    Duration: 02:41

  • George Frideric Handel

    Lascia ch'io pianga

    Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev. Orchestra: Il Pomo d’Oro. Singer: Joyce DiDonato.
    • In War & Peace - Harmony through Music.
    • Erato/Warner Classics.
    • 7.
  • Erno Dohnanyi

    Symphonic Minutes Op.36 (Rondo)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Matthias Bamert.
    • Dohnanyi: Symphony no. 2: BBC Philharmonic/Bamert.
    • Chandos.
    • 1-5.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    La Lisonjera, Op 50

    Performer: Joanne Polk.
    • The Flatterer.
    • Steinway & Sons.
    • 1.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 7 in A major, Op 92 (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Teldec.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon duodecimi toni à 10, C179

    Conductor: Paul McCreesh. Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort.
    • Gabrieli: A Venetian Christmas: Gabrieli Consort & Players/McCreesh.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 20.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Castor et Pollux: Tristes apprets

    Singer: Nadine Koutcher. Orchestra: MusicAeterna. Conductor: Teodor Currentzis.
    • Sony.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade No 3 in A flat major, Op 47

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutshe Grammophon.
    • 3.
  • Richard Strauss

    Waltz Sequence No 1 (Der Rosenkavalier)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
    • Symphonic music from operas.
    • Sony.
    • 1.


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