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Essential Classics with Suzy Klein - Maxine Peake, Suppe's Light Cavalry Overture, Rostropovich plays Dvorak

Suzy Klein with the best in classical music, plus this week's guest, Maxine Peake.

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

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. This morning's starter is the lively overture to Suppe's operetta The Light Cavalry. Other musical highlights include Hummel's virtuosic Trumpet Concerto and the sublime Larghetto from Mozart's Clarinet Quintet.

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 key moments in the last century of classical music. Today, powerful memories of Rostropovich at the Proms in 1968 with the USSR State Symphony Orchestra.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the actress Maxine Peake. Today, Bronte's Wuthering Heights.

1130 Slow Moment - time to take a break for a moment's musical reflection to Bill Evans's dreamy version of Some other time from Bernstein's musical On The Town.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    Serenade No 1 in D major (4th mvt, Rondo (Allegro))

    Orchestra: Gewandhaus Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in G major, Kk.547

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Scarlatti: Sonatas.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 11.
  • Havergal Brian

    The Tinker's Wedding: Comedy Overture No. 2

    Conductor: Alexander Walker. Orchestra: Russian State Symphony Orchestra.
    • Brian: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 16.
    • Naxos.
    • 101.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581: II. Larghetto

    Ensemble: Carducci String Quartet.
    • Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in Major, K. 581 - Weber: Clarinet Quintet in B-Flat Ma.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 202.
  • Claude Debussy

    Dr Gradus ad Parnassum (Children's Corner)

    Performer: Pascal Rogé.
    • A Debussy Recital: Pascal Roge.
    • Decca.
    • 5.
  • Franz von Suppé

    Leichte Kavallerie (Overture)

    Conductor: Neeme Järvi. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
    • Suppe: Overtures and marches: Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Anon.


    Performer: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Jean Sibelius

    The Swan of Tuonela (Lemminkainen Suite)

    Conductor: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Hannu Lintu.
    • ONDINE.
  • Paul McCartney


    Performer: Miloš Karadaglić.
    • Mercury.
  • Louise Farrenc

    Piano Quintet in A minor, Op 30 (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Schubert Ensemble of London.
    • ASV.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Four Scottish Dances, Op 59 (No 1, Strathspey)

    Performer: Hugh Bean. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Bryden Thomson.
    • Malcolm Arnold: Dances: Philharmonia, Thomson.
    • Chandos.
    • 9.
  • Our Classical Century: Rostropovich and the USSR Orchestra at the Proms

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto for keyboard and string orchestra no. 5 (BWV.1056)

    Performer: Sir András Schiff. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Director: Sir András Schiff.
    • Piano Masterworks The World's Favourite Piano Classics.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Johann Strauss I

    Radetzky-Marsch, Op 228

    Conductor: Charles Mackerras. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Kaleidoscope: An Orchestral Extravaganza: Mackerras, LSO.
    • Mercury.
    • 3.
  • Gaetano Donizetti

    La Fille du regiment: "Ah, mes amis"

    Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Singer: Eric Garrett. Choir: Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Orchestra: Royal Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
    • DECCA.
  • Franz Schubert

    Trio in B flat major, D 471 (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Leopold String Trio.
    • Schubert: Trout Quintet: Leopold String Trio.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • Maxine Peake on her love of Bronte's Wuthering Heights

  • Alfred Newman

    Wuthering Heights; Cathy's theme

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn.
    • Silva Screen.
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel

    Trumpet Concerto in E flat major

    Performer: Alison Balsom. Performer: Thomas Klug. Orchestra: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
    • Haydn, Hummel etc: Trumpet Concertos: Alison Balsom.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 1.
  • William Byrd

    Peccantem me quotidie

    Choir: Alamire. Director: David Skinner.
    • Tallis & Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1575: Alamire, David Skinner.
    • Obsidian.
    • 6.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Violin Concerto in D minor (3rd mvt)

    Performer: James Ehnes. Orchestra: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth.
    • Onyx.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Some Other Time (from On The Town)

    Performer: Bill Evans. Music Arranger: Bill Evans.
    • Concord Jazz.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto grosso No. 4 in D Major, Op. 6

    Conductor: Gottfried von der Goltz. Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
    • APARTÉ.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie fantastique Op.14 - V.Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat

    Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Daniel Harding.
    • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 14.


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