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Friday with Suzy Klein - Rebel monks, John Simpson

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

  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Wedding March (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op 61)

    Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream: Herreweghe.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 7.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Va tacito (Giulio Cesare)

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
    • Handel: Ombra mai fu: Andreas Scholl, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 10.
  • William Walton

    Portsmouth Point

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • Chandos.
  • Franz Schubert

    An Sylvia, D 891

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: John Mark Ainsley.
    • Schubert - Complete Songs.
    • Hyperion.
    • 11.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Waltz (Swan Lake)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker: LSO, Previn.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Keyboard Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825: II. Allemande

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Bach: Keyboard Works.
    • haenssler CLASSIC.
    • 2102.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade in D Major, K.320 "Posthorn" (3rd & 4th mvts)

    Orchestra: Die Kölner Akademie. Conductor: Michael Alexander Willens.
    • Mozart: Posthorn Serenade & Eine kleine Nachtmusik.
    • BIS.
    • 203.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Nastya's Quick Dance (Orango)

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • DG.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Rhapsodie in G minor, Op 79 No 2

    Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • Brahms: Rhapsodies, Waltzes, Piano Pieces, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich.
    • Philips.
    • 2.
  • Time Traveller: Rebel Monks by John-Henry Clay

  • Samuel Barber

    The Monk and his Cat (Hermit Songs)

    Singer: Barbara Bonney. Performer: André Previn.
    • Critics' Choice: American Songs.
    • Decca.
    • 27.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    English Folk Song Suite

    Ensemble: Central Band of the Royal Air Force. Conductor: Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelle in E flat major, Op 126 No 6

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • Beethoven: Alfred Brendel plays, vol.4.
    • Vox Box.
    • 6.
  • Jean Sibelius

    The Swan of Tuonela (Lemminkainen Suite)

    Conductor: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Hannu Lintu.
    • ONDINE.
  • Leroy Anderson

    Belle of the ball

    Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • RCA.
  • Thomas Morley

    Sacred End Pavin and Galliard

    Composer: John Baxter. Music Arranger: Philip Rosseter. Ensemble: Dowland Consort. Director: Jakob Lindberg.
    • Heavenly Noyse: Download Consort/Jakob Lindberg.
    • BIS.
    • 11.
  • John Simpson on his passion for Lawrence of Arabia

  • Emilie Mayer

    Piano Concerto in B flat - 3rd mvt: Allegro

    Performer: Ewa Kupiec. Orchestra: Neubrandenburger Philharmonie. Conductor: Sebastian Tewinkel.
    • Capriccio.
  • Maurice Jarre

    Lawrence of Arabia (Lawrence and the Desert)

    Conductor: John Mauceri. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • LPO.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto grosso in D major Op.6`7

    Ensemble: Avison Ensemble.
    • LINN.
  • Frank Loesser

    The Ugly Duckling

    Singer: Danny Kaye.
  • Leos Janáček

    The Town Hall, Brno (Sinfonietta)

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Leos Janacek: Orchestra works Vol.1.
    • chandos.
    • 5.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Suite for jazz band (Waltz 2)

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Shostakovich: The Jazz Album - Brautigam, Masseurs.
    • Decca.
    • 13.
  • Mauro Giuliani

    Guitar Concerto No.1 in A Major, Op.30: II. Siciliana (Andantino)

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Raymond Leppard.
    • Giuliani: Guitar Concertos No. 1&3, Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 102.
  • Ibrahim Ferrer

    De Camino A La Vereda

    Ensemble: Buena Vista Social Club.
    • World Circuit.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Bohème - Act 3 (conclusion)

    Librettist: Giuseppe Giacosa. Librettist: Luigi Illica. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • Puccini: La Boheme (Highlights).
    • Warner Classics.
    • 109.


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