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Friday with Suzy Klein - Dog stars, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Suzy Klein. Suzy's guest is space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

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

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today's piece is the Ancient Airs and Dances - suite no. 2: no.4; Bergamasca from Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history.

1050 Suzy’s guest this week is the space scientist and television presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock who reveals the people, places and ideas that have inspired her throughout her life and career.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op 72 No 2

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG.
  • Neville Bower

    Songs of Innocence, Op. 46: No. 2, Piping Down the Valley Wild

    Performer: Iain Burnside. Singer: Andrew Watts.
    • A Countertenor Songbook.
    • NMC Recordings.
    • 10.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet no.9 in G minor, D.173; 4th movt Allegro

    Ensemble: Chiaroscuro Quartet.
    • BIS.
  • Barbara Strozzi


    Ensemble: Orlando di Lasso Ensemble.
    • Thorofon.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 101 in D major, 'The Clock' (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Robin Ticciati.
    • Linn.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Bergamasca (Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No 2)

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Alexander Borodin

    In the Steppes of Central Asia (piano duet version)

    Ensemble: Goldstone and Clemmow.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Dardanus (Act 5: Chaconne)

    Orchestra: European Union Baroque Orchestra. Director: Roy Goodman.
    • Rameau: Ballet Suites: European Union Baroque Orchestra/Goodman.
    • Naxos.
    • 24.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Introduction and Allegro

    Performer: Osian Ellis. Ensemble: Melos Ensemble.
    • Decca.
  • Muriel Herbert

    Loveliest of trees

    Singer: James Gilchrist. Performer: David Owen Norris.
    • LINN.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Lemminkainen's Return (Lemminkainen Suite, Op 22)

    Conductor: Eugene Ormandy. Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra.
    • Eugene Ormandy - Brahms R. Strauss Webern Kabalevsky Rachmaninov Sibelius.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 6.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto in C minor for two keyboards, BWV 1062

    Performer: Raphael Alpermann. Performer: Jörg-Andreas Bötticher. Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin. Director: Stephan Mai.
    • J.S. Bach - Concertos.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 4-6.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Courtly Dances (Gloriana)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Benjamin Britten: Works for Orchestra.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 3.
  • John Adams

    China Gates

    Performer: Gloria Cheng.
    • iano Music of John Adams and Terry Riley: Gloria Cheng-Cochran.
    • Telarc.
  • Peter Philips

    Ave verum corpus Christi

    Choir: Convivium Singers. Director: Norman Alexander.
    • Convivium Records.
  • Claude Debussy

    Dr Gradus ad Parnassum (Children's Corner)

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Debussy: Children's Corner, Suite Bergamasque, Pour le Piano: Angela Hewitt.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Variations on a Rococo Theme

    Performer: Truls Mørk. Orchestra: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • Virgin.
  • George Gershwin

    Girl Crazy (Overture)

    Orchestra: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue & Popular Orchestral Works.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Anon.


    Performer: Paul O’Dette.
    • Ancient Airs and Dances: Paul O'Dette.
    • Helios.
    • 15.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Pulcinella (Gavotta con due variazioni)

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Stravinsky: Complete Ballets and Symphonies: Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, r.
    • Decca.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

    Performer: Juho Vartiainen. Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta. Conductor: Jean‐Jacques Kantorow.
    • BIS.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in C major for 2 trumpets, RV 537

    Performer: Alison Balsom. Performer: Crispian Steele‐Perkins. Performer: Peter Holman. Ensemble: The Parley of Instruments.
    • Music for two trumpets from the Italian Baroque.
    • Hyperion.
    • 33.
  • Nicolò Paganini

    Caprice in E flat major, Op 1 No 8

    Performer: Leonidas Kavakos.
    • Paganini: 24 Capricci: Leonidas Kavacos.
    • Dynamic.
    • 8.
  • Béla Bartók

    Hungarian Sketches for orchestra

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Bartok: Orchestral Works Vol.1: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer.
    • Philips.
    • 3.


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