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Wednesday with Suzy Klein - John Simpson, Calvin's case, Vaughan Williams's Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Suzy Klein.

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 journalist and author John Simpson, who will be talking about the people, places and ideas that have inspired and shaped him throughout his life and career.

1130 Slow Moment - time to take a break for a moment's contemplation

3 hours

Music Played

  • Max Bruch

    Scottish Fantasy in E flat maj Op.46: 5th mvt Allegro guerriero

    Performer: Jack Liebeck. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
    • Hyperion.
  • Franz Liszt

    Etudes d'execution transcendante S.139 for piano: no.3 in F major; Paysage

    Performer: Kirill Gerstein.
    • MYRIOS.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Insanae et vanae curae

    Choir: Tenebrae. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • Mozart: Requiem.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 1.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Piano Trio No. 3 in F Minor, Op.65 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Christian Tetzlaff. Performer: Tanja Tetzlaff. Performer: Lars Vogt.
    • Dvořák: Piano Trios Nos. 3 & 4.
    • Ondine.
    • 2.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    5 Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus'

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • HALLE.
  • Padre Antonio Soler

    Keyboard Sonata No 90 in F sharp minor

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Stephen Hough's Spanish Album.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Rag-Mazurka (Les biches)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thierry Fischer.
    • Rite of Spring.
    • Signum.
    • 20.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in A minor Op.132: 3rd mvt; Canzona di ringraziamento

    Ensemble: Quatuor Mosaïques.
    • NAIVE.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    Fancy in C fa ut

    • Hyperion.
  • Louise Farrenc

    Overture No 1 in E minor, Op 23

    Orchestra: NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Goritzki.
    • CPO.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Sinfonietta in A major, Op 5/48 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Karabits.
    • Prokofiev Symphonies Vol. II.
    • Onyx.
    • 9.
  • Michael Tippett

    Concerto for Double String Orchestra ii. Adagio Cantabile

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Michael Tippett: Sonatas, Quartets, Double Concerto.
    • Decca.
    • 3.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Tarantelle, Op 6

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • Saint-Saens: Chamber Music: The Nash Ensemble.
    • Hyperion.
    • 5.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Academic Festival Overture

    Music Arranger: Denis Wright. Ensemble: Black Dyke Band. Conductor: Nicholas Childs.
    • Naxos.
  • Ernest John Moeran

    Quartet in A minor for strings: 3rd mvt Rondo; Allegro vivace

    Ensemble: Maggini Quartet.
    • Naxos.
  • Francisco Guerrero

    Maria Magdalene

    Choir: Stile Antico.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo in D major K.382 for piano and orchestra

    Performer: Murray Perahia. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra.
    • SONY.
  • Edvard Grieg

    2 Elegiac melodies Op.34 for string orchestra: no.2; Letzter Fruhling [The last spring]

    Performer: Raphael Wallfisch. Music Arranger: Benjamin Wallfisch. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • ASV.
  • Jean‐Féry Rebel

    Les caractères de la danse

    Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Rebel/Les Elemens/Les Caracteres de la Danse.
    • Musifrance.
    • 12-25.
  • Claude Debussy

    L'Isle joyeuse

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • Debussy: Suite bergamasque.
    • 1.
  • George Frideric Handel

    "Consolati, o bella", from Act 1 of Orlando

    Singer: Rosemary Joshua. Singer: Hilary Summers. Singer: Rosa Mannion. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
    • Handel: Alcina / Orlando.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 21.


Time Travellers: the podcast

Time Travellers: the podcast

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