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Friday with Suzy Klein and Stephen Fry

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

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

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today, the sublime quartet from Beethoven's opera Fidelio. Other music gems this morning include Mozart's grand Piano Concerto No.25, and Vivaldi's Flute Concerto Il Gardellino.

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. Kate Romano on Stravinsky's organ grinder.

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. Today, music by abbess Hildegard of Bingen.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sinfonia (Cantata 'Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats' BWV42

    Performer: Orfeo 55. Performer: Nathalie Stutzmann.
    • BACH Une cantate imaginaire.
    • DG.
    • 1.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in D flat major, Op 27 No 2

    Performer: Lang Lang.
    • DG.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    L'italiana in Algeri: Overture

    Orchestra: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Conductor: Michele Mariotti.
    • Rossini: Overtures.
    • 301.
  • Leos Janáček

    String Quartet No 2, 'Intimate Letters' (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Pavel Haas Quartet.
    • Supraphon.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Mir ist so wunderbar (from Fidelio)

    Conductor: Colin Davis. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Beethoven: Fidelio.
    • Lso Live.
    • 106.
  • Benjamin Britten

    The Tournament (Gloriana - Symphonic Suite)

    Conductor: Edward Gardner. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
    • Chandos.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sonata in A minor D.821 for arpeggione (or viola or cello) and piano: 3rd mvt

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Dénes Várjon.
    • Hyperion.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Flute Concerto in D major, RV 428, 'Il gardellino'

    Performer: Lisa Beznosiuk. Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Vivaldi: 6 Flute Concertos: Lisa Beznosiuk/English Concert/Pinnock.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 10-12.
  • Edward Elgar

    Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 63 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Halle.
  • Time Traveller: Stravinsky's organ grinder by Kate Romano

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Piano Quartet in B flat, Op. 41 - i. Allegretto

    Ensemble: Schubert Ensemble.
    • Saint-Saens/Chausson: Piano Quartets - Schubert Ensemble.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • John Adams

    Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas. Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony.
    • Adams: Harmonielehre etc: San Francisco Symphony/Tilson Thomas.
    • SFS.
    • 4.
  • Tobias Hume

    The King of Denmark's Delight

    Ensemble: Dowland Consort. Director: Jakob Lindberg.
    • Heavenly Noyse: Download Consort/Jakob Lindberg.
    • BIS.
    • 15.
  • Stephen Fry on his love of the novels of Charles Dickens

  • Fanny Hensel

    Easter Sonata (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Éric Heidsieck.
  • Percy Grainger

    Scotch Strathspey and Reel

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Country Gardiner Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • The music of Percy Grainger: Monteverdi Choir/John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Philips.
    • 10.
  • Henry Purcell

    Fairest isle (King Arthur)

    Singer: Véronique Gens. Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
    • Erato.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No 25 in C major, K 503 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Orchestra: Orchestra Mozart. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Mozart Piano Concertos K.503 and K.466.
    • DG.
    • 1.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Cum processit factura digiti Dei

    Ensemble: Ensemble for medieval music.
    • deutsche harmonia mundi.
  • George Gershwin

    Cuban Overture

    Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • Barber/Bernstein/Gershwin/Copland: Great American Showpieces.
    • EMI.
    • 6.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quintet in C major, D 956 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Janine Jansen. Performer: Boris Brovtsyn. Performer: Amihai Grosz. Performer: Torleif Thedéen. Performer: Jens Peter Maintz.
    • Schubert/Schoenberg: Janine Jansen.
    • Decca.
    • 7.


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The Essential Classics Playlist

The Essential Classics Playlist

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