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Essential Classics with Suzy Klein: Judith Weir, Dame Emma Kirkby, Boccherini's La Ritirata di Madrid

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Suzy Klein. Plus guest, Dame Emma Kirkby.

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 Berio's colourful reworking of Boccherini's evocative Ritirata di Madrid - A Spanish garrison marching past at night. Also today, Rachmaninov's swashbuckling Symphony No.2, and Schubert's melting Octet.

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 key moments in the last century of classical music: Judith Weir.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the soprano Dame Emma Kirkby.

1130 Slow Moment - time to take a break for a moment's musical reflection. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's blissfully dreamy Clarinet Quintet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sinfonia (Cantata No 29, 'Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir')

    Director: Ottavio Dantone. Orchestra: Accademia Bizantina.
    • Bach: Sinfonia: Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Edward Elgar

    May Song

    Performer: Marat Bisengaliev. Performer: Benjamin Frith.
    • Elgar: The Violin Music.
    • NAXOS.
    • 12.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Fidelio - Overture

    Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Simon Rattle Edition: Beethoven.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 801.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Let's Gavotte! (BWV 1006a arr. Benjamin Schmid)

    Music Arranger: Benjamin Schmid.
    • Bach:Reflected.
    • Oehms Classics.
    • 103.
  • Gertrude van den Bergh

    Rondeau Op 3

    Performer: Frans van Ruth.
    • NM Classics.
  • Luciano Berio

    Ritirata notturna di Madrid (after Boccherini)

    Orchestra: Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Berio: Orchestral transcriptions: Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Guiseppe Verdi.
    • Decca.
    • 3.
  • Robert Schumann

    Märchenbilder, Op 113 arr for cello and piano (4th mvt)

    Performer: Karine Georgian. Performer: Jan Willem Nelleke.
    • Schumann: Music for Cello and Piano.
    • Naxos.
    • 11.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    A London Symphony - 3rd movement, Scherzo

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Manze.
    • Onyx ONYX 4155.
    • Onyx.
    • 3.
  • Franz Schubert

    Octet - 2nd mvt: Adagio

    • Schubert: Oktett.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 102.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto in D major (TWV.54:D3)

    Orchestra: La Stagione Frankfurt. Director: Michael Schneider.
    • CPO 777 891-2.
    • CPO.
    • 1.
  • Our Classcal Century: Judith Weir

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op 27 (4th mvt)

    Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2 Valery Gergiev.
    • LSO Live.
    • 4.
  • Luigi Boccherini

    Quintet in E major, Op 13 No 5: Minuet

    Orchestrator: Leopold Stokowski. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: José Serebrier.
    • NAXOS.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    The Pines of Rome (final movement: 'I Pini della via Appia')

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Muti.
    • Respighi: Pines of Rome, etc..
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • Amy Beach

    From Blackbird Hills, Op 83

    Performer: Kirsten Johnson.
    • Amy Beach: Piano Music Volume 3.
    • GUILD.
    • 11.
  • Emma Kirkby on the lute

  • John Dowland

    It was a time when silly bees could speake [1603]

    Performer: Anthony Rooley. Singer: Emma Kirkby.
    • BIS.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Variations on a rococo theme, Op 33

    Performer: Jean‐Guihen Queyras. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Trad.

    Mouth Music and Tunes Set

    Performer: Duncan Chisholm. Performer: James Mackintosh. Performer: Ewen Vernal. Performer: Phil Cunningham. Performer: Éamon Doorley. Performer: Tony Byrne. Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Music Arranger: Phil Cunningham. Music Arranger: Iain MacDonald. Singer: Julie Fowlis.
    • DECCA.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance in C minor, Op 46 No 7

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • Brahms: Hungarian Dances &Dvorak: Slavonic Dances: Haitink.
    • Philips.
    • 17.
  • Enrique Granados

    La Maja de Goya (12 Tonadillas en estilo antiguo) 

    Performer: Andrés Segovia. Music Arranger: Miguel Llobet Solés.
    • DG.
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    Clarinet quintet in F sharp minor, Op.10 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Stephan Siegenthaler. Ensemble: Leipziger Streichquartett.
    • British Clarinet Quintets.
    • CPO.
    • 6.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Non più andrai (The Marriage of Figaro)

    Singer: Ildebrando d’Arcangelo. Orchestra: Orchestra of Teatro Regio, Turin. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • Mozart: Arias: Ildebrando D'Arcangelo.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 7.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Schauspiel Overture, Op 4

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Matthias Bamert.
    • CHANDOS.

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