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Essential Classics with Suzy Klein: Nixon in China, Tim McInnerny, Benjamin’s Overture to an Italian Comedy

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Suzy Klein, plus guest Tim McInnerny.

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 actor Tim McInnerny.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Eugene Onegin (Act 2: Waltz)

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Kurt Masur.
    • Tchaikovsky: Famous Waltzes: New York Philharmonic: Masur.
    • Teldec.
    • 3.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Fantasia in G minor, Op 77

    Performer: Jonathan Biss.
    • Beethoven - Schumann - Piano Works - Jonathan Biss.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 001.
  • Max Richter

    The Four Seasons Recomposed: Summer III

    Composer: Antonio Vivaldi. Performer: Fenella Humphreys. Orchestra: Covent Garden Sinfonia. Conductor: Ben Palmer.
    • Vivaldi: The Four Seasons Recomposed by Max Richter.
    • Rubicon Classics.
    • 16.
  • Frederick Loewe

    Ascot Gavotte (My Fair Lady)

    Ensemble: Original Broadway Production. Director: Cyril Ornadel.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade in B flat major, K 361, 'Gran Partita' (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Mozart: Serenade KV 361 "Gran Partita?": Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Arthur Benjamin

    Overture to an Italian Comedy

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Myer Fredman.
    • Arthur Benjamin: Overture, Symphony, Dances: RPO, Myer Freman.
    • Lyrita.
  • Claude Debussy

    Danse sacrée et danse profane

    Performer: Emmanuel Ceysson. Orchestra: Orchestre de chambre de Paris. Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair.
    • Works by Ravel/Debussy.
    • NAIVE.
    • 11-12.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Toccata in D minor, Op 11

    Performer: Nikolai Demidenko.
    • Hyperion.
  • Grażyna Bacewicz

    String Quartet no.4 (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Lutosławski Quartet.
    • Naxos 8.572807.
    • Naxos.
    • 3.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Spem in alium

    Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op 39 No 3

    Performer: Emanuel Ax.
    • CBS.
  • Thomas Adès

    Les tours de passe-passe (Three Studies from Couperin)

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Thomas Adès.
    • Ades: Tevot; Violin Concerto etc..
    • EMI Classics.
    • 6.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    L'Italiana in Algeri (Overture)

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Overtures (The Chamber Orchestra of Europe feat. conductor: Claudio Abbado).
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 003.
  • Jacques Ibert

    Parade (Divertissement)

    Conductor: Jean Martinon. Orchestra: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra.
    • Ibert: Divertissement / Bizet: Jeux D'Enfants - Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, M.
    • Decca.
  • Franz Schubert

    Notturno in E flat major, D 897

    Ensemble: Vienna Piano Trio.
    • Complete Piano Trios.
    • MD & G.
    • 6.
  • Bohuslav Martinu


    Orchestra: Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Petr Vronský.
    • Supraphon.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
    • Decca.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon à 8 no.7

    Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
    • ARGO.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Cello Concerto No 1 in E flat major, Op 107 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich. Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
    • Shostakovich: Violin and Cello Concertos: Oistrakh, Rostropovich.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 5.
  • Albert Ketèlbey

    In a Monastery Garden

    Orchestra: New London Orchestra. Conductor: Ronald Corp.
    • Hyperion.
  • George Frideric Handel

    As steals the morn (L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato)

    Singer: Lucy Crowe. Singer: Mark Padmore. Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Andrew Manze.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Le rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31, R. 169

    Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lille. Conductor: Jun Märkl.
    • Saint-Saëns: Symphonic Poems.
    • Naxos.
    • 4.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Humoresque in G flat major, Op 101 No 7

    Performer: Qian Zhou. Performer: Edmund Battersby.
    • Dvorak: Music for Violin and Piano, Vol.2: Zhou/Battersby.
    • Naxos.
    • 8.
  • Richard Rodgers

    Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (On Your Toes)

    Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Arthur Fiedler.
    • RCA.


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