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Thursday with Suzy Klein - Sheela-na-Gigs, Sheila Hancock

Suzy Klein with the best in classical music, plus this week's guest, actress Sheila Hancock.

Suzy Klein with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.
0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist.
1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history.
1050 This week Suzy's guest is the actress and writer Sheila Hancock, who talks about some of the things that have inspired her throughout her life and career.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Jacques Offenbach

    Les fées du Rhin (Grand valse)

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Archiv.
  • Walter Piston

    Symphony No. 6: IV. Allegro energico

    Conductor: Lance Friedel. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • American Symphonies.
    • BIS.
    • 4.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata No 16 in C major, K 545

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
  • Claude Debussy

    Preludes, Book 1: Nos. 4 & 5

    Music Arranger: Colin Matthews. Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • HALLE.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor, Op 25 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Emanuel Ax. Performer: Isaac Stern. Performer: Jaime Laredo. Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma.
    • Brahms: Piano Quartets Opp. 25, 26 & 60: Ax/Stern/Laredo/Ma.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 4.
  • William Byrd


    Choir: Gesualdo Six. Conductor: Owain Park.
    • Hyperion.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Concert Fantasy on Verdi's Rigoletto

    Music Arranger: Franz Doppler. Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Performer: Juliette Hurel. Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • Fantasy, A Night at the Opera: Emmanuel Pahud.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 2.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Sinfonia in G minor

    Ensemble: La Serenissima. Director: Adrian Chandler.
    • Venice by Night.
    • Avie.
    • 5-7.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    3 Écossaises, Op 72

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Chopin: The Solo Piano Works: Ashkenazy.
    • London.
    • 7.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Vocalise, Op.34

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud. Singer: Sabine Devieilhe.
    • ERATO.
  • Time Traveller: Sheela-na-gigs

    Duration: 02:15

  • John Tavener

    A Hymn to the Mother of God

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • John Adams

    The Chairman Dances

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Trio in G major, H XV 25, 'Gypsy' (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Kungsbacka Trio.
    • Haydn: Piano Trios Hob XV 24, 25, 26 and 31.
    • Naxos.
    • 9.
  • Béla Bartók

    Allegro Barbaro

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    Fantasia à 6

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • Music for viols.
    • VIRGO.
    • 012.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Sheila Hancock on Stephen Sondheim

    Duration: 03:16

  • Stephen Sondheim

    Nothing's going to harm you (Sweeney Todd)

    Performer: Patti LuPone. Performer: Manoel Felciano.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelle in D major, Op 119 No 3

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • Beethoven: Alfred Brendel plays, vol.4.
    • Vox Box.
    • 37.
  • Andrea Falconiero


    Performer: Daniel Hope. Performer: Lorenza Borrani. Performer: Jonathan Cohen. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout. Performer: Stefan Maass. Performer: Stefan Rath. Performer: Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 1.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Piano Concerto in D-Flat Major, Op. 38: III. Allegro brillante

    Performer: Stepan Simonian. Orchestra: Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie. Conductor: Daniel Raiskin.
    • Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D-Flat Major & Concerto-Rhapsody for Piano and O.
    • CPO.
    • 3.
  • Alamiro Giampieri

    Carnival of Venice arr for clarinet and piano

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Piers Lane.
    • The Virtuoso Clarinet: Michael Collins.
    • Chandos.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No 5 in B flat major, D 485 (3rd mvt)

    Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • Schubert: 8 Symphonies: Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 3.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon noni toni à 12, C183

    Music Arranger: Eric Crees. Performer: London Symphony Brass. Conductor: Eric Crees.
    • Cathedral Brass: London Symphony Brass/Crees.
    • Collins Classics.
    • 9.
  • Samuel Barber

    Adagio for Strings

    Conductor: Neeme Järvi. Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
    • Barber: Symphony 2/Adagio for Strings: Detroit Symphony Orch./Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
    • 4.
  • Barbara Strozzi

    Godere e tacere

    Ensemble: Orlando di Lasso Ensemble.
    • Libro di Madrigali - Strozzi.
    • Thorofon.
    • 005.
  • Igor Stravinsky


    Performer: Peter Hill.
    • Naxos.
  • Frederick Delius

    The Walk to the Paradise Garden (A Village Romeo and Juliet)

    Music Arranger: Thomas Beecham. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Delius Orchestral Works.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 1.


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