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Friday with Suzy Klein - Respighi's The Birds, 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

Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today, Respighi's warmly nostalgic suite The Birds starts us off - but there should we go next?

Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history

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

Music also includes pieces by Handel, William Grant Still and an instrumental rarity from Rossini.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Frédéric Chopin

    3 Waltzes for piano (Op.64), no.1 in D flat major; "Minute"

    Performer: Ingrid Fliter.
    • Chopin: The Complete Waltzes: Ingrid Fliter.
    • EMI.
    • 6.
  • Frederick Delius

    Fennimore and Gerda (Intermezzo)

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • DG Eloquence.
  • William Byrd

    Pavan and two galliards MB.27.15 (The Earl of Salisbury)

    Performer: Aapo Häkkinen.
    • Alba.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Introduction, theme and variations for oboe and orchestra

    Performer: Diego Dini Ciacci. Orchestra: Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto.
    • Italian Oboe Concertos: Diego Dini Ciacci.
    • CPO.
    • 5.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Trio Sonata in F major, Op.1 No.1

    Ensemble: Avison Ensemble.
    • LINN.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    The Birds

    Conductor: Claudio Scimone. Ensemble: I Solisti Veneti.
    • Apex.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude and Fugue in B major, Op 87 No 11

    Performer: Tatiana Nikolayeva.
    • Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues Op. 87: Tatiana Nicolayeva.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • Elfrida Andrée

    Fritiof's Sea Journey (Fritiof Suite)

    Orchestra: Stockholm Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gustaf Sjökvist.
    • Sterling.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    O felix anima

    Choir: Anonymous 4.
  • Time Traveller: Prosopopoeia

    Duration: 03:04

  • Enrique Granados

    Piano quintet in G minor Op.49

    Performer: Javier Perianes. Ensemble: Cuarteto Quiroga.
    • Granados, Turina – Piano Quintets.
    • 1.
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for birds and orch.) Op.61 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • Rautavaara: Angel of Light etc..
    • BIS.
    • 11.
  • Robert Schumann

    Adagio and Allegro In A Flat Major Op.70 for Horn and Piano

    Performer: Alec Frank-Gemmill. Performer: Alasdair Beatson.
    • BIS : BIS-2228 SACD.
    • BIS.
    • 4-5.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Sheila Hancock on her late husband John Thaw’s love of music

    Duration: 03:30

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in B flat major, Op 130 (5th mvt)

    Ensemble: Elias String Quartet.
  • John Ireland

    A London Overture

    Conductor: Richard Hickox. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Ireland: Orchestral & Choral Works - LSO & Chorus/Hickox.
    • Chandos.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in G major, Op 6 No 1

    Orchestra: Handel and Haydn Society. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • Decca.
  • William Grant Still

    Symphony no. 4 "Autochthonous" (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Fort Smith Symphony. Conductor: John Jeter.
    • Still: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5.
    • NAXOS.
    • 9.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, SWV 494

    Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Ensemble: Concerto Palatino. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Eva Dell'Acqua


    Singer: Edita Gruberová. Orchestra: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kurt Eichorn.
    • Orfeo.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Finale: Make our garden grow (Candide)

    Singer: Barbara Cook. Singer: Robert Rounseville. Orchestra: Orchestra. Director: Samuel Krachmalnick.
    • CBS.


Time Travellers: the podcast

Time Travellers: the podcast

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