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Essential Classics with Suzy Klein - Gabriela Montero, Soft Machine at the Proms, Torke's Bright Blue Music

Suzy Klein with the best in classical music, plus this week's guest, pianist Gabriela Montero.

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 - 100 key moments in the last century of classical music.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the pianist and improviser, Gabriela Montero.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Hector Berlioz

    Le carnaval romain

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Chandos.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    String Quartet No 5 in F Minor (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Albion Quartet.
    • Dvořák: String Quartet Nos. 5 & No. 12, "American - Suk: Meditation.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 4.
  • Louise Farrenc

    Symphony No 3 in G minor, Op 36 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Goritzki.
    • Louise Farrenc: Symphonies 1 and 3.
    • cpo.
    • 7.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Fantasia in C major H.17.4

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • WARNER.
  • Michael Torke

    Bright Blue Music

    Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • Michael Torke - Ecstatic Orange etc..
    • Argo.
    • 005.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto for lute and strings in D major, RV 93

    Performer: Jakob Lindberg. Performer: Nils‐Erik Sparf. Performer: Tullo Galli. Ensemble: Drottningholms Barockensemble.
    • BIS.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Variations on a theme of Paganini for two pianos

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • Rachmaninov:Suite No.2 /Ravel a Valse/Lutoslawski:/Paganini Variations - Argeric.
    • Philips.
    • 6.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Salve Regina for soprano, alto, 2 violins and continuo

    Singer: Véronique Gens. Singer: Gérard Lesne. Ensemble: Il Seminario Musicale.
    • Ombra Mai Fu: Gerard Lesne.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 8.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Piano Trio in D minor, Op 120 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Gil Shaham. Performer: Akira Eguchi. Performer: Brinton Smith.
    • Canary Classics.
  • Soft Machine


    • Reckless Records.
  • Terry Riley

    In C (excerpt)

    Performer: Terry Riley. Performer: Margaret Hassel. Performer: Lawrence Singer. Performer: Darlene Reynard. Performer: Jon Hassell. Performer: Jerry Kirkbride. Performer: David Shostac. Performer: David Rosenboom. Performer: Stuart Dempster. Performer: Edward Burnham. Performer: Jan Williams.
    • SONY.
  • Edward Elgar

    Pomp & Circumstance March no.1

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Soft Machine

    Esther's Nose Job

    • Reckless Records.
  • Wynton Marsalis

    Bebop (Jump Start - The Master of Melancholy)

    Orchestra: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Conductor: Wynton Marsalis.
    • Sony.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Souvenir d'une nuit d'été à Madrid

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky.
    • Chandos.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Étude pathétique, Op 124

    Performer: Peter Jacobs.
    • Chaminade: Piano Music - 1, Peter Jacobs.
    • Helios.
    • 14.
  • John Adams

    Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Madeleine Dring

    Blue Air (Colour Suite)

    Performer: Leigh Kaplan.
    • Cambria.
  • Duke Ellington

    Mood Indigo

    Orchestra: Duke Ellington Orchestra.
    • The Great Concerts.
    • NIMBUS.
    • 1.
  • William Byrd

    Mass for 5 voices (Credo)

    Choir: Tallis Scholars. Director: Peter Phillips.
    • The Tallis Scholars Sing William Byrd.
    • Gimell.
    • 3.
  • Gabriela Montero

    Soñando Contigo

    Performer: Gabriela Montero.
    • Solatino.
    • EMI.
    • 006.
  • Anton Webern

    Im Sommerwind

    Orchestra: Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Hänssler Classic.
  • William Walton

    Then sing aloud to God (Belshazzar's Feast)

    Singer: Bryn Terfel. Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Warner Apex.
  • Johann Christian Bach

    Symphony for wind instruments no. 4 (T.285/3`4) in B flat major

    Ensemble: Consortium Classicum.
    • J.C. Bach: Wind Symphonies: Consortium Classicum.
    • MDG.
    • 11-13.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Anitra's Dance (Peer Gynt Suite No 1)

    Conductor: Paavo Berglund. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
    • Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Berglund.
    • EMI.
    • 3.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Quintet in F minor, Op 34 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Akiko Yamamoto. Ensemble: Quatuor Ébène.
    • Brahms, String Quartet no.1, Piano Quintet Op.34: Quatuor Ebene, Akiko Yamamoto.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 6.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    Vertigo (Prelude)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Herrmann.
    • DECCA.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Valsa da dor

    Performer: Cristina Ortiz.
    • Villa-Lobos: Piano music: Cristina Ortiz.
    • Decca.
    • 18.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Night on a Bare Mountain ed Rimsky

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor: André Previn.
    • Tchaikovsky/Smetana/Glinka/Moussorgsky: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orch/Previn.
    • Philips.
    • 4.


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