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Wednesday with Suzy Klein - Edith Sitwell, Patrick Gale

Suzy Klein with the best in classical music, plus guest, author Patrick Gale

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 Suzy’s guest this week is the writer Patrick Gale, whose latest novel “Take Nothing With You” is out now. He’ll be sharing his favourite cultural inspirations.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Bedrich Smetana

    Polka in F major (Czech Dances Book 1)

    Performer: Garrick Ohlsson.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Trio in E flat major Op.38 for clarinet, cello and piano: 1st mvt

    Performer: Paul Meyer. Performer: Claudio Bohórquez. Performer: Éric Le Sage.
    • ALPHA.
  • Claude Debussy

    La plus que lente

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • Debussy: Images, Jeux, La Plus Que Lente.
    • 7.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351 (Overture)

    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas McGegan.
    • CFM.
  • Rebecca Clarke


    Performer: Philip Dukes. Performer: Sophia Rahman.
    • Naxos.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 18 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Simon Trpceski. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
    • Rachmaninov piano concertos 2 & 3 : Simon Trpceski, RLPO, Vasily Petrenko.
    • Avie.
    • 3.
  • Anna Meredith

    Heal You

    Ensemble: Juice Vocal Ensemble.
    • Nonclassical.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fantasia in G major, BWV 572

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • J.S. Bach: Alio modo.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Time Traveller: Edith Sitwell

    Duration: 02:25

  • William Walton

    Valse (Façade)

    Narrator: Edith Sitwell. Ensemble: English Opera Group. Conductor: Anthony Collins.
    • London.
  • Donato Lovreglio

    Fantasy on themes from Verdi's La traviata, Op 45

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Piers Lane.
    • The Virtuoso Clarinet: Michael Collins.
    • Chandos.
    • 6.
  • Igor Stravinsky


    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Eliahu Inbal.
    • Stravinsky: Petrouchka/Scherzo a la Russe: Philharmonia Orchestra/Inbal.
    • Teldec.
  • William Walton

    Orb and Sceptre - coronation march

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • Walton: The Centenary Edition: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Litton.
    • Decca.
    • 18.
  • Franz Schubert

    Moments musicaux, D 780 (No 2 in A flat major)

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • Great Pianist of the 20th Century: Andras Schiff.
    • Philips.
    • 8.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Patrick Gale on Cornwall

    Duration: 02:52

  • Edward Elgar

    Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op 20

    Conductor: Richard Hickox. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia.
    • Elgar: City of London Sinfonia/Hickox.
    • EMI.
    • 10.
  • John Adams

    Absolute Jest (II Presto)

    Ensemble: Doric String Quartet. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Peter Oundjian.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Alexander Arutiunian


    Performer: Heather Tuach. Performer: Patil Harboyan.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Concerto No 3 in E flat major, K 447

    Performer: Anthony Halstead. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
  • Morten Lauridsen

    O magnum mysterium

    Choir: Polyphony. Director: Stephen Layton.
    • A Christmas Present from Polyphony.
    • Hyperion.
    • 14.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    Sailing at dawn (Songs of the Fleet, Op 117)

    Singer: Gerald Finley. Choir: BBC National Chorus of Wales. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Stanford: Orchestral Works.
    • Chandos.
  • Max Bruch

    Scottish Fantasy for violin and orchestra, Op 46 (Finale)

    Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Conductor: Rory MacDonald. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
    • Nicola Benedetti - Homecoming.
    • Decca.
    • 4.


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