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Friday with Suzy Klein - Patrick Gale, Roman letters, In the Hall of the Mountain King

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

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

0915 New releases of music by Salieri and Michael Haydn

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today's starter is In the Hall of the Mountain King from Grieg's music for Peer Gynt.

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history, with Eleanor Barraclough and a pile of correspondence from Roman Times, by turns fascinating and mundane.

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.

1130 Slow Moment - featuring music by Karl Goldmark

Suzy's music today also includes Richard Strauss's dramatic tone poem Macbeth, a Bach motet beautifully realised by Voces8, and a concerto for theremin and orchestra by the Finnish composer Kalevi Aho.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Henry Purcell

    Sonata for trumpet and strings, Z 850

    Performer: Mark Bennett. Ensemble: The Purcell Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Geraldine Mucha

    Banquet (Macbeth Suite)

    Orchestra: Hradec Kralove Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andreas Sebastian Weiser.
    • Macbeth and Other Orchestral Works.
    • Arco Diva.
    • 004.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in E flat major, Op 9 No 2

    Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • DECCA.
  • Antonio Salieri

    Les Horaces - 1st Intermède

    Singer: Andrew Foster-Williams. Choir: Les Chantres Du Centre De Musique Baroque De Versailles. Orchestra: Les Talens Lyriques. Conductor: Christophe Rousset.
    • Les Horaces.
    • Aparte.
    • 14.
  • Michael Haydn

    Notturno No 1 in F major (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: German Chamber Academy Neuss. Conductor: Lavard Skou-Larsen.
    • Michael Haydn: Symphonies & Notturno.
    • CPO.
    • 7.
  • Edvard Grieg

    In the Hall of the Mountain King (Peer Gynt Suite No 1)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
    • Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Berglund.
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • Henryk Wieniawski

    Caprice in E-Flat Major (Alla saltarella)

    Performer: Vilde Frang. Performer: José Gallardo. Music Arranger: Fritz Kreisler.
    • Homage.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 8.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225

    Choir: VOCES8. Ensemble: Senesino Players. Director: Barnaby Smith.
    • Signum.
  • Richard Strauss

    Macbeth, Op 23

    Orchestra: SWR Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden and Freiburg. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Tone Poems 2.
    • Hanssler Classic.
    • 016.
  • Time Traveller: Roman Letters by Eleanor Barraclough

    Duration: 03:20

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Letter Scene (Eugene Onegin)

    Performer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Singer: Anna Netrebko. Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra.
    • Russian Album.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Piano Quintet No 2 in A major, Op 81 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Boris Giltburg. Ensemble: Pavel Haas Quartet.
    • Dvorak Quintets Op 81 & 97.
    • Supraphon.
    • 004.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Danseuse (Mirages, Op 113, No 4)

    Performer: Fazil Say. Singer: Marianne Crebassa.
    • Secrets.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 14.
  • Edvard Grieg

    March of the Trolls, Op 54 No 3 (Lyric Pieces)

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • Grieg: Lyric Pieces: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 9.
  • Franz Berwald


    Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade in G major, K 525, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Jane Glover.
    • Mozart The Collectors Edition 50 CDs The Masterpieces The Greatest Artists.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 2.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Patrick Gale on cinema

    Duration: 03:52

  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Overture in G major, TWV 55:G4 (des Nations anciens et modernes)

    Ensemble: Bach Concentus. Director: Ewald Demeyere.
    • Telemann: Les Nations, Overtures & Oboe Concertos.
    • Challenge Classics.
    • 001.
  • Kalevi Aho

    Theremin Concerto (Eight Seasons) (8th mvt - Midnight Sun)

    Performer: Carolina Eyck. Orchestra: Lapin kamariorkesteri. Conductor: John Storgårds.
    • Kalevi Aho - Theremin Concerto, Horn Concerto.
    • Bis.
    • 013.
  • Franz Schubert

    Fischerweise, D 881

    Performer: Gérard Wyss. Singer: Wolfgang Holzmair.
    • Franz Schubert: Lieder.
    • Tudor.
    • 012.
  • Richard Strauss

    Suite in B flat major for 13 wind instruments, Op 4 (Präludium)

    Ensemble: London Winds. Director: Michael Collins.
    • Richard Strauss - Complete Music for Winds.
    • Hyperion.
    • 4.
  • Karl Goldmark

    In the Garden (Rustic Wedding Symphony - 4th mvt)

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • Dvorak: Slavonic Dances Nos. 1& 3, etc..
    • Sony.
    • 6.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Songs without words, Op.19 No.1 in E major

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • SONY.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Jägerlied, Op 19 No 3

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Sony.
  • Franz Schubert

    Quartettsatz in C minor, D 703

    Ensemble: Takács Quartet.
    • Hyperion.


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