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Friday with Suzy Klein - Ella Kew Shun, Joyce DiDonato

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 the second movement of Haydn's Symphony in D major, famously nicknamed the 'Clock'.

Other music in the programme includes a sparkling new recording of Beethoven's Polonaise in C major, Op.89, the elegiac Andante from Elgar's Violin Concerto, Sammartini's Concerto Grosso in A Major, Op.2 No.1, and a rarely-heard overture by Goldmark - Sukuntala.

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. Today - Dr Naomi Paxton talks about Edwardian and Victorian advice on elocution.

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 talks about her optimism for the future.

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