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Essential Classics with Suzy Klein: Mozart's Concerto for two pianos, Tracy Chevalier, Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book

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

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: Mozart's joyous Concerto for 2 Pianos. Other music highlights include Debussy's Gigues conducted by Bernard Haitink, and Rebecca Clarke's haunting Dumka.

1010 Musical Time Travellers – stories behind the music-making of the British Isles.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the author Tracy Chevalier, best known for her novel “Girl with a Pearl Earring”.

1130 Slow Moment - time to take a break for a moment's musical reflection - Canteloube's dreamy Bailero from Songs of the Auvergne.

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel


    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music.
    • Vivaldi & Handel.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 201.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Coriolan - overture Op.62

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Romance Op.118 No.5

    • Brahms: Klavierstücke.
    • Le Palais des Dégustateurs.
    • 208.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    A la Valse (The Merchant of Venice)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vivian Dunn.
    • Gilbert & Sullivan: Ruddigore - The Merchant of Venice Suite.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 213.
  • Claude Debussy

    Gigues (Images)

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto in E flat major for two pianos, K 365 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Katia Labèque. Performer: Marielle Labèque. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.
    • Philips.
  • John Jenkins

    Fantasia No 15 for viol consort

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Symphony No 4 in A major 'Italian' (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • Mendelssohn: Symphonies nos 1 & 4: Bergen Philharmonic Orch/Litton.
    • BIS.
    • 6.
  • John Williams

    Superman March

    Performer: David Helbock. Music Arranger: David Helbock.
    • Act.
  • Jean Sibelius

    2 Serenades Op.69 for violin and orchestra: no.1 in D major

    Performer: Pekka Kuusisto. Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta.
    • Ondine.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzona No.9 a 10

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Players. Director: Paul McCreesh.
  • Trad.

    Sing a song of Sixpence; Ride a Cock Horse; Hickory Dickory Dock; Baa Baa Black

    Singer: George Baker. Ensemble: Fred Hartley & His Quintet.
    • DECCA.
  • Grace Williams

    Fantasia on Welsh nursery tunes

    Orchestra: Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Conductor: Andrew Penny.
    • Marco Polo.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Rob Roy - Overture

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Alexander Gibson.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    The Silver Swan

    Choir: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • English and Italian Renaissance Madrigals.
    • Virgin.
    • 12.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Concerto for 2 oboes in C Major, Op. 9, No. 9: II. Adagio

    Conductor: Paul Polivnick. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic.
    • Albinoni, T.G.: Oboe Concerto, Op. 9, No. 9 / Fiorillo, F.: Sinfonia Concertante.
    • Delos.
    • 202.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Concerto in D minor for two pianos and orchestra (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Katia Labèque. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
    • Philips.
  • Aaron Copland

    Quiet City

    Performer: Raymond Mase. Performer: Stephen Taylor. Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Vocalise, Op 34 No 14 arr for cello and piano

    Performer: Truls Mørk. Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
    • Rachmaninov, Miaskovsky: Cello & Piano Works: Mork, Thibaudet.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 5.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 27 in G major

    Orchestra: Heidelberger Sinfoniker. Conductor: Thomas Fey.
    • Hannsler.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Cinderella's Waltz; Midnight (Cinderella Suite No 1)

    Orchestra: Imperial Music Choir. Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov.
    • St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra - Prokofiev: Cinderella; Romeo and Juliet.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 8.
  • Rebecca Clarke


    Performer: Daniel Hope. Performer: Philip Dukes. Performer: Sophia Rahman.
    • NAXOS.
  • Joseph Canteloube

    Bailero (Chants d'Auvergne)

    Singer: Kate Royal. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Kate Royal.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 103.
  • Franz Schubert

    12 German Dances, D 790

    Performer: Imogen Cooper.
    • Schubert, Live, Volume 3: Imogen Cooper.
    • Avie.
    • 1.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F major, BWV 1047

    Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
    • J.S. Bach: Orchestral Music: Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.


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