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Wednesday with Suzy Klein - Shostakovich’s 'Leningrad' Symphony, Ben Schott

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music. Suzy Klein's guest is the writer Ben Schott.

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

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today, Tchaikovsky's great ballet music for his romantic tragedy Swan Lake. Plus, one of Mozart's effortlessly sunny horn concertos, and part of Berlioz's colossal Te Deum.

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 key moments in the last century of classical music. Kate Molleson on Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the photographer, writer and “miscellanist”, Ben Schott.

1130 Slow Moment - time to take a break for a moment's musical reflection to the slow movement of Elgar's Violin Sonata.

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Suite in F major, HWV 348, 'Water Music' (Bourrée)

    Orchestra: London Classical Players. Director: Sir Roger Norrington.
    • Handel: Water & Fireworks Music: London Classical Players, Norrington.
    • Virgin Veritas.
    • 7.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Suite in F major, HWV 348, 'Water Music' (Hornpipe)

    Orchestra: London Classical Players. Director: Sir Roger Norrington.
    • Handel: Water & Fireworks Music: London Classical Players, Norrington.
    • Virgin Veritas.
    • 8.
  • Amy Beach

    Romance, Op.23

    Performer: Elena Urioste. Performer: Michael Brown.
    • Echoes.
    • BIS.
    • 6.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor - 4th mvt: Rondo alla Zingarese

    Orchestrator: Arnold Schoenberg. Conductor: Jaime Martín. Orchestra: Gävle symfoniorkester.
    • Brahms: Piano Quartet in G Minor (Orch. A. Schoenberg) - Parry: Elegy for Brahms.
    • Ondine.
    • 104.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Danse des sylphes transc for piano (La damnation de Faust)

    Music Arranger: Franz Liszt. Performer: Leslie Howard.
    • Liszt: The complete music for solo piano - Volume 5: Leslie Howard.
    • Hyperion.
    • 11.
  • John Adams

    Tromba lontana

    Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Edo de Waart.
    • John Adams: The Chairman Dances, Two Fanfares, Other Works.
    • Elektra Nonesuch.
    • 3.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan Lake (Act 2, No 10: Scene)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker: LSO, Previn.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 1.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan Lake (Act 4 Finale)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • EMI.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata in C major, no 58, H.16.48 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Haydn: Piano Sonatas Vol. 7.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 15.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La Cenerentola: Overture

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Carlo Rizzi.
    • TELDEC.
  • Orlande de Lassus

    Timor et tremor

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • The Earth Resounds: The Sixteen/Harry Christophers.
    • Coro.
  • Edmund Rubbra

    Symphony No.5 in B flat - 2nd mvt: Allegro moderato

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Chandos.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Songs of Travel: 7. Whither Must I wander?

    Performer: Bryn Terfel. Performer: Malcolm Martineau.
    • DG.
  • Our Classical Century: Kate Molleson on Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No 7 in C major, Op 60, 'Leningrad'

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Quintet in A major, D 667, 'Trout' (5th mvt)

    Performer: Christian Zacharias. Ensemble: Leipziger Streichquartett.
    • Schubert: Piano Qunitet D 667.
    • MD&G.
    • 5.
  • Percy Grainger

    Shepherd's Hey!

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Grainger: The Grainger Edition: Various Artists.
    • Chandos.
    • 2.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    The Silver Swan

    Choir: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • English and Italian Renaissance Madrigals.
    • Virgin.
    • 12.
  • Jean Sibelius

    The Swan of Tuonela (Lemminkainen Suite)

    Conductor: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Hannu Lintu.
    • ONDINE.
  • Celius Dougherty

    Love in the Dictionary

    Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Performer: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • Joyce and Tony.
    • Erato/Warner Classics.
    • 113.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in A major for 2 violins, RV 519

    Director: Rachel Podger. Ensemble: Brecon Baroque.
  • Ben Schott on his passion for the Oxford English Dictionary

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Concerto No. 3 in E Flat Major, K. 447

    Performer: Margaret Faultless. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
    • Mozart: Complete Horn Concertos.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 401.
  • Philip Glass

    Satyagraha - opera in 3 acts: Act ?; Evening song

    Singer: Douglas Perry. Orchestra: New York City Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Keene.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Triple Concerto - 3rd mvt: Rondo all Polacca

    Performer: Anne‐Sophie Mutter. Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma. Performer: Mark Zeltser. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Edward Elgar

    Violin sonata in E minor Op.82

    Performer: James Ehnes. Performer: Andrew Armstrong.
    • Debussy, Elgar, Respighi - Violin Sonatas.
    • ONYX.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 1 in F major, BWV 1046 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Kati Debretzeni. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, English Baroque Soloists.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
    • 4.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Te Deum, Op. 22, H. 118: II. Tibi omnes (Hymne)

    Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis. Choir: Choir of Eltham College.
    • Berlioz Odyssey: The Complete Colin Davis Recordings.
    • Lso Live.
    • 702.


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