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Thursday with Suzy Klein and Stephen Fry

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Suzy Klein with her guest this week, Stephen Fry.

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 Britten's Young Apollo, so you might chose something else in worship of the god Apollo, or something else for piano and strings.

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history.

1050 Suzy’s guest this week is Stephen Fry, who reveals some of the great music, film and literature that means the most to him.

1130 Slow Moment - time to take a break for a moment's musical reflection.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Rondo in G minor, Op 94

    Performer: Sol Gabetta. Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Mario Venzago.
    • RCA.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    La Pantomime (Pièces de clavecin en concerts)

    Performer: Skip Sempé. Performer: Pierre Hantaï.
    • Rameau: Symphonies for two harpsichords: Pierre Hantai, Skip Sempe.
    • Mirare.
  • Romuald Twardowski

    Violin Concerto: III. Allegro deciso

    Performer: Kinga Augustyn. Orchestra: Toruń Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mariusz Smolij.
    • Romuald Twardowski: Violin Concerto, Spanish Fantasia & Other Works.
    • Naxos.
    • 8.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Jubel-Overture, Op 59

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Highlights: Neeme Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
    • 14.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Young Apollo, Op 16

    Performer: Steven Osborne. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
    • HYPERION.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Kyrie (Lutheran Mass in A major, BWV 234)

    Performer: Francis Jacob. Conductor: Philippe Pierlot. Singer: Katharine Fuge. Singer: Carlos Mena. Singer: Jan Kobow. Singer: Stephan MacLeod. Orchestra: Ricercar Consort.
    • Mirare.
  • Nadia Boulanger

    3 Pieces for cello & piano

    Performer: Nicolas Altstaedt. Performer: José Gallardo.
    • Naxos.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Serenade in C Major for Strings (Op.48): 1. Pezzo in forma di sonatina

    Orchestra: Metamorphosen Berlin. Conductor: Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.
    • SONY.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata in C major, K545 arr Grieg (1st mvt)

    Composer: Edvard Grieg. Performer: Elisabeth Leonskaja. Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
    • Mozart/Grieg: Piano Sonatas.
    • Teldec.
    • 1.
  • Luigi Boccherini

    Quintet No. 4 in D major (G. 448) (Grave Assai - Fandango)

    Performer: Rolf Lislevand. Ensemble: Le Concert des Nations.
    • Boccherini: Sinfonias & String Quintets.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 3.
  • George Butterworth

    English Idyll No 1

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Halle: English Rhapsody.
    • Halle.
    • 2.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Phaëton, Op 39

    Conductor: Charles Dutoit. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • Le Carnaval des animaux (London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conduc.
    • Decca Records.
    • 15.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Barcarolle in F sharp major Op.60

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • Chopin: Late works Opp. 59-64.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 1.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in F major, Op 135 (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Hagen Quartett.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 4.
  • Franz Liszt

    Les préludes

    Orchestra: West–Eastern Divan Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Decca.
  • Amy Beach

    From Blackbird Hills, Op 83

    Performer: Kirsten Johnson.
    • Amy Beach: Piano Music Volume 3.
    • GUILD.
    • 11.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Apollon musagete - ballet in 2 scenes: Sc.2 Apotheose

    Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta. Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite, Apollon musagète & Concerto for Strings in D Major.
    • BIS.
    • 18 - 19.
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

    Stabat mater dolorosa (Stabat mater in F minor)

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Singer: Barbara Bonney. Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques. Conductor: Christophe Rousset.
    • The Decca Sound: Celebrating 50 Years of the Decca Sound.
    • Decca.
  • Gustav Holst

    First Dance (Beni Mora)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Holst: Orchestral Works, Volume 2.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 870

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • J.S. Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 1-2.
  • George Enescu

    Romanian Rhapsody, Op 11 No 1

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Mercury Living Presence.

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