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Essential Classics with Suzy Klein: Kirsty Wark, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Gershwin's Cuban Overture

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music presented by Suzy Klein. Our guest this week is presenter, journalist and novelist Kirsty Wark.

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0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. This morning's starting point is Gershwin's infectiously sunny Cuban Overture. Other musical highlights today include a new completion of Mozart's Horn Concerto No.1, plus German Romantic Emilie Mayer's impassioned Symphony No.4.

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 key moments in the last century of classical music. The genesis of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, presenter, journalist and novelist Kirsty Wark.

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

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Music Played

  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Suite (TWV.55:D18) in D maj, Fanfare

    Ensemble: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
    • 20 Jahre, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 13.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Op.65 No.6

    Performer: Alice Sara Ott.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Georges Bizet

    Symphony in C major (4th mvt)

    Conductor: Jukka‐Pekka Saraste. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
    • Ravel: Mother Goose, Bizet: Symphony in C.
    • Virgo.
  • Jonny Greenwood

    Pyramid Song

    Composer: Ed O’Brien. Composer: Colin Greenwood. Composer: Thom Yorke. Composer: Philip Selway. Performer: Geoffrey Burleson. Music Arranger: Christopher O’Riley.
    • Pyramid Song (Arr. C. O'Riley for Cello & Piano).
    • 101.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Romance in F major for violin and orchestra, Op 50

    Performer: Anne‐Sophie Mutter. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Kurt Masur.
    • Beethoven: Violin concerto/Romances: Mutter/New York Philharmonic/Masur.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 5.
  • George Gershwin

    Cuban Overture

    Orchestra: Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • Gershwin, G.: Dayful of Song / Cuban Overture / Promenade / Rhapsody in Blue / L.
    • Delos.
    • 201.
  • Amy Beach

    Dreaming (Four Sketches, Op 15)

    Performer: Kirsten Johnson.
    • Guild.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, K. 412

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
    • Mozart: Complete Horn Concertos.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 501.
  • William Walton

    Orb and Sceptre coronation march

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • Walton: Symphony no. 1: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andre Previn.
    • Telarc.
  • Peter Phillips

    Phillips Pavin arr Morley

    Music Arranger: Thomas Morley. Ensemble: Dowland Consort. Director: Jakob Lindberg.
    • Heavenly Noyse: Download Consort/Jakob Lindberg.
    • BIS.
    • 5.
  • Our Classical Century: The genesis of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

  • Antonín Dvořák

    String Quartet No 13 in G major, Op 106 (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Signum Quartet.
  • Antônio Carlos Jobim

    The Girl from Ipanema

    Singer: Astrud Gilberto. Performer: João Gilberto. Performer: Antônio Carlos Jobim. Performer: Stan Getz. Performer: Tommy Williams.
    • Getz / Gilberto.
    • Verve.
    • 1.
  • Jose Pablo Moncayo Garcia


    Orchestra: Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Conductor: Alondra de la Parra.
    • My Mexican Soul: Alondra de la Parra.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 1.
  • Clara Schumann

    Romance in B major, Op 5 No 3

    Performer: Imogen Cooper.
    • Chandos.
  • Kirsty Walk on Salvador Dali

  • Sir James MacMillan

    Ave maris stella

    Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Martin Baker.
    • James Macmillan: Tenebrae Responsories: Westminster Cathedral Choir/Baker.
    • Hyperion.
    • 8.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No. 6 in C Major, D. 589: I. Adagio - Allegro

    Orchestra: B'Rock Orchestra. Conductor: René Jacobs.
    • Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6.
    • 201.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    M'ami, m'ami (Un Ballo in maschera - Act 2)

    Singer: Margaret Price. Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • Decca.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Vltava (Má vlast)

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • B. Smetana; Ma Vlast: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Belohlavek.
    • Supraphon.
    • 2.
  • Richard Galliano

    Tango pour Claude

    Performer: Richard Galliano.
    • Warner.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne No. 15 in F Minor, Op. 55 No. 1

    Performer: David Fray.
    • Chopin: Piano Works.
    • Erato/Warner Classics.
    • 8.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto for violin, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, strings and continuo, RV577

    Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Director: Gottfried von der Goltz.
    • Vivaldi - I Concerti di Dresda.
    • OPUS III.
    • 1.
  • Emilie Mayer

    Symphony No. 4 in B Minor

    Conductor: Stefan Malzew. Orchestra: Neubrandenburg Philharmonie.
    • Mayer: Symphony No. 4, Piano Concerto, String Quartet & Piano Sonata.
    • CapriccioNR.
    • 101.


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