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Thursday with Suzy Klein - Lenny Henry, Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending

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

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

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist.

1010 Our Classical Century - the first of 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. This morning, Gillian Moore takes us back to 1921 and the first performance of Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending for violin and orchestra.

1050 As the BBC launches Our Classical Century our guest this week is Lenny Henry, who talks about his music discoveries and the cultural icons that inspire him. Join Suzy and Lenny at 9 o'clock tonight for the first episode of BBC4's new series Our Classical Century, which looks at the period 1918-1936.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Richard Strauss

    Der Rosenkavalier (Act 3: Waltz sequence)

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • R.Strauss: Rosenkavalier Waltzes, Burleske: Thibaudet/Blomstedt.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Capriccioso, Op 19 No 5 (Six morceaux)

    Performer: Pavel Kolesnikov.
    • Hyperion.
  • William Byrd

    Quomodo cantabimus

    Choir: Gallicantus. Director: Gabriel Crouch.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387: IV. Molto allegro

    Ensemble: Quatuor Akilone.
    • Haydn, Mozart & Schubert.
    • Mirare.
    • 8.
  • Jean Sibelius

    The Oceanides Op.73

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Sibelius: Orchestral Songs, etc..
    • Chandos.
    • 14.
  • Anon.


    Music Arranger: Christina Pluhar. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • NAIVE.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in G major, Op 37 No 2

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • Chopin: The Nocturnes: Maria Joao Pires.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 2.
  • John Adams

    Violin Concerto - 3rd mvt 'Toccare '

    Performer: Chloë Hanslip. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • NAXOS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230

    Choir: VOCES8. Ensemble: Senesino Players. Director: Barnaby Smith.
    • Bach Motets.
    • Signum.
    • 3.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in D major, Op 64 No 5, 'The Lark' (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Danish String Quartet.
    • BR Klassik.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Symphonies of Winds (original 1920 version)

    Orchestra: Twentieth-Century Classics Ensemble. Conductor: Robert Craft.
    • Naxos.
  • Luigi Russolo

    Awakening of a City

    Performer: Luigi Russolo.
    • The Wire Recordings.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Lark Ascending

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Leonore Overture No 1, Op 138

    Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • Beethoven: Symphony no.6/Leonore overtures: Swedish Chamber Orch/Dausgaard.
    • Simax.
    • 6.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Ritual of the Rival Tribes; Dance of the Earth (The Rite of Spring)

    Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel.
    • Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring: Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 5.
  • Edward Elgar

    Where corals lie (Sea Pictures, Op 37)

    Singer: Janet Baker. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • Elgar: Cello Concerto/Sea Pictures: Du Pre/Baker/LSO/Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
    • 8.
  • Claude Debussy

    Nocturnes (No 3, 'Sirènes')

    Conductor: Bernard Haitink. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
    • Philips.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzona No.9 a 10

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Players. Director: Paul McCreesh.
  • Alex North

    Antony and Cleopatra's Love (Cleopatra)

    Conductor: Alex North.
    • Cleopatra - soundtrack.
    • 006.
  • Léo Delibes

    Sylvia, Act III: Cortege de Bacchus

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • SFS MEDIA.
  • François-Joseph Gossec

    Recit et Air de Medee: 'Ah! Faut-il me venger ... Ma rivale triomphe (Act 4, Scene 1)

    Singer: Véronique Gens. Orchestra: Les Talens Lyriques. Director: Christophe Rousset.
    • ERATO.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptus D.935: No.4 in F minor

    Performer: Paul Lewis.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Romance in F minor, Op 11

    Performer: Christian Tetzlaff. Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Storgårds.
    • Dvorak Violin Concerto.
    • Ondine.
    • 5.
  • John Dowland

    I saw my lady weep

    Performer: Thomas Dunford. Singer: Iestyn Davies.
    • Hyperion.
  • Arnold Bax

    The Garden of Fand

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • Chandos.
  • Clara Schumann

    Piano Trio in G minor, Op 17 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Antje Weithaas. Performer: Tanja Tetzlaff. Performer: Gunilla Süssmann.
    • AVI Music.


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