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Thursday with Suzy Klein - Gaelic poets, Dame Felicity Lott, Debussy

Suzy Klein with the best in classical music, plus this week's guest, soprano Dame Felicity Lott.

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

Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today, we kick-off with Debussy's take on Watteau: L'isle joyeuse

Time Traveller - a quirky slice of cultural history. Peter Mackay explores what inspired the Gaelic poets.

This week Suzy's guest is the soprano Dame Felicity Lott, who talks about the people, places, times and ideas that have inspired her. Today, she shares her love for the Italian-born French singer and actor Serge Reggiani.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    The Gadfly Suite, Op 97a (No 6, Galop)

    Performer: Yuri Torchinsky. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
    • Shostakovich: Film Music Vol.2: BBC Philharmonic/Sinaisky.
    • Chandos.
    • 11.
  • Robert Schumann

    String Quartet in A minor, Op 41 No 1 - 4th movement, Vivace

    Ensemble: Elias String Quartet.
    • Elias String Quartet - Haydn/Schumann.
    • Wigmore Hall Live.
    • 8.
  • Edward Elgar

    Three Bavarian Dances - iii) The Marksmen

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones.
    • Dutton.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Violin Concerto in C major, RV 190

    Performer: Giuliano Carmignola. Performer: Andrea Marcon. Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Andrea Marcon.
    • Vivaldi: Concertos - Carmignola/Venice Baroque Orchestra/Marcon.
    • DG.
    • 4.
  • Claude Debussy

    L'isle joyeuse

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • Images / 2 Arabesques / L'Isle Joyeuse / Berceuse Héroïque.
    • Philips Classics.
    • 8.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Così fan tutte (Overture)

    Conductor: Teodor Currentzis. Orchestra: MusicAeterna.
    • Sony.
  • Imogen Holst

    The Fall of the leaf

    Performer: Thomas Hewitt Jones.
    • Court Lane Music.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Spem in alium

    Ensemble: Huelgas Ensemble. Conductor: Paul Van Nevel.
    • Utopia Triumphans.
    • Sony.
    • 1.
  • Libby Larsen

    Deep Summer Music

    Orchestra: Colorado Symphony. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • KOCH.
  • Time Traveller: Poetic Inspiration

    Duration: 01:47

  • Traditional Scottish

    McIntosh's Lament

    Performer: Bonnie Rideout.
    • Soft May Morn.
    • Maggie’s Music.
    • 16.
  • Traditional Scottish

    Robh thu 'sa' bheinn? ('Were you in the mountains')

    Singer: Singers from the Isle of Barra.
    • Waulking Songs from Barra.
    • Greentrax Recordings.
    • 1.
  • Ronald Stevenson

    Quartet - Voces vagabundae: ii) Volante

    Ensemble: Martinů Quartet.
    • Arco Diva.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Symphony No 1 in D major, Op 25, 'Classical'

    Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Prokofiev: Symphonies 1-7: London Symphony Orchestra/Gergiev.
    • Decca.
    • 1-4.
  • Francis Poulenc

    L'embarquement pour Cythère

    Ensemble: Katia & Marielle Labèque.
    • Philips.
  • John Ireland

    Decorations (The Island Spell)

    Performer: Eric Parkin.
    • Ireland: Piano Works Vol. 1: Eric Parkin.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Villanelle (Les nuits d'été)

    Singer: Régine Crespin. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet. Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
    • Berlioz: Les nuits d'ete: Régine Crespin.
    • Decca.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sonata in A minor "Arpeggione"; iii.Allegretto

    Performer: Nobuko Imai. Performer: Roger Vignoles.
    • Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata etc..
    • CHANDOS.
    • 3.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Dame Felicity Lott on her love of French Chanson

    Duration: 04:16

  • Georges Moustaki


    Singer: Serge Reggiani.
    • Because.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Sonata for Strings No. 1 in G Major

    Performer: Minna Pensola. Performer: Antti Tikkanen. Performer: Tuomas Lehto. Performer: Niek de Groot.
    • Rossini: Sonatas for Strings Nos. 1-3 - Hoffmeister: Double Bass Quartets Nos. 1.
    • BIS.
    • 1-3.
  • Richard Rodney Bennett

    Murder on the Orient Express: The Orient Express

    Orchestra: Royal Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Marcus Dods.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise in A flat major, Op 53, 'Eroica'

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • Chopin: 26 Preludes Scherzo NR. 2 - Martha Argerich.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 28.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    String Quartet No 6 in G major, Op 101 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Алла Львовна Арановская. Performer: Ilya Teplyakov. Performer: Konstantin Kats. Performer: Leonid Shukaev. Ensemble: St. Petersburg String Quartet.
    • Shostakovich: St Petersburg String Quartet: Alla Aranovskaya, Ilya Teplyakov....
    • Hyperion.
    • 7.
  • Christian Sinding

    Suite for violin and orchestra in A minor

    Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • EMI.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Menuet antique

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
    • ERATO.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Pulcinella Suite: Minuetto & Finale

    Orchestra: Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Joshua Weilerstein.
    • MDG.


Time Travellers: the podcast

Time Travellers: the podcast

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