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Essential Classics with Suzy Klein: Soraya Mafi, Byron’s Squirrel

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Suzy Klein, with today's Take Five guest, opera singer Soraya Mafi.

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Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    Marche écossaise

    Orchestrator: Zoltán Kocsis. Orchestra: Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar. Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • Hungaroton.
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson

    Heptapod B

    Performer: Mari Samuelsen. Orchestra: Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Conductor: Jonathan Stockhammer.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Invention No.13 in A minor, BWV.784

    Performer: Mari Samuelsen. Music Arranger: Christian Badzura. Conductor: Jonathan Stockhammer. Orchestra: Konzerthausorchester Berlin.
    • DG.
  • Christian Badzura


    Performer: Mari Samuelsen. Orchestra: Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Conductor: Jonathan Stockhammer.
    • DG.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in G minor, Op 74 No 3, 'Rider' (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Takács Quartet.
    • Haydn: String Quartets Op.74: Takacs Quartet.
    • Hyperion.
    • 12.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    10 Preludes Op.23 for piano: no.6 in E flat major

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
    • Hyperion.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude in B flat major, Op 23 No 2

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
    • Hyperion.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Le carnaval romain

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • H. Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique etc. :Jansons.
    • EMI.
    • 11.
  • John Dowland

    Fantasia in G major

    Performer: Sean Shibe.
    • DELPHIAN .
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns


    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Soraya Mafi. Singer: François Le Roux.
    • Vive la France! Debussy & Saint-Saint-Saëns (Edition Ruhr Piano Festival, Vol. 3.
    • CAvi-music.
    • 303.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Concerto No 1 in D major, K 412

    Performer: David Jolley. Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Les Boréades - Act 4, Sc 4, Entrée de Polymnie

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Archiv.
  • Charles Trenet

    Coin de rue

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes. Music Arranger: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • Horizons.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 15.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Lark Ascending

    Performer: Jennifer Pike. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of New York. Conductor: Salvatore Di Vittorio.
    • Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending.
    • Naxos.
    • 9.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Pur ti miro, pur ti godo (L'Incoronazione di Poppea)

    Singer: Elin Manahan Thomas. Singer: Robin Blaze. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Eternal Light: Elin Manahan-Thomas.
    • Heliodor.
    • 16.
  • Darius Milhaud

    Souvenir de Rio (Le carnaval d'Aix)

    Performer: Jack Gibbons. Orchestra: New London Orchestra. Conductor: Ronald Corp.
    • Carnaval D'Aix - Carnaval De Londres etc New London Orchestra/Ronald Corp.
    • Hyperion.
    • 11.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in C major, K 132

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • D. Scarlatti: Sonatas: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 6.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    A boy like that... I have a love (West Side Story)

    Performer: Natalie Wood. Performer: Rita Moreno. Orchestra: Original Soundtrack Orchestra. Orchestra: Johnny Green.
    • CBS.
  • Peter Warlock

    Capriol Suite

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Clio Gould.
    • English String Classics 2: Vaughan Williams/Warlock/Tippet/Elgar etc.
    • Warner Apex.
    • 7.
  • Henriette Renié

    Danse des Lutins

    Performer: Judy Loman.
    • Harp Showpieces.
    • Naxos.
    • 009.
  • Richard Strauss

    Der Rosenkavalier (Act 3: Waltz sequence)

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • R.Strauss: Rosenkavalier Waltzes, Burleske: Thibaudet/Blomstedt.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Beatus vir a 6

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Concerto in G major (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • Ravel The Piano Concertos - Pierre-Laurent Aimard - The Cleveland Orchestra - Pi.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 3.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in C major, Op 50 No 2 (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Tokyo String Quartet.
    • Haydn: String Quartets: Tokyo String Quartet.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 8.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Di' tu se fedele (Un ballo in maschera)

    Singer: Jonas Kaufmann. Choir: Chorus of the Municipal Theatre of Piacenza. Orchestra: Parma Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi.
    • Jonas Kaufmann - The Verdi Album.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 3.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25: IV. Rondo alla zingarese. Presto

    Performer: Baiba Skride. Performer: Lise Berthaud. Performer: Harriet Krijgh. Performer: Lauma Skride. Ensemble: Skride Piano Quartet.
    • Mozart, Brahms & Mahler: Piano Quartets.
    • Orfeo.
    • 8.


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