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Essential Classics with Suzy Klein: Rachel Riley, Yeats's Salley Gardens, Grieg's Wedding Day at Troldhaugen

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.

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

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, television presenter and mathematician Rachel Riley.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jaromír Weinberger

    Schwanda the Bagpiper (Polka)

    Orchestra: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland‐Pfalz. Conductor: Karl‐Heinz Steffens.
    • CPO.
  • Martin Peerson

    The Fall of the Leafe, FWB CCLXXII (Fitzwilliam Virginal Book)

    Performer: Skip Sempé.
    • The Virgin Harpsichord.
    • 103.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Herbstlied, Op 63 No 4

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Barbara Bonney. Singer: Angelika Kirchschlager.
    • First Encounter: Angelika Kirchschlanger/Barbara Bonney.
    • Sony.
    • 4.
  • Nikos Skalkottas

    Four Greek Dances (from 36 Greek Dances for Orchestra arr Farmakis)

    Ensemble: Kottos.
    • Orchid Classics.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Waverley Overture, Op.1

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • LSO LIVE.
  • Josef Myslivecek

    Wind Octet No 1 in E flat major (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: L'Orfeo Wind Ensemble. Conductor: Carin van Heerden.
    • Myslivecek: Complete Wind Octets & Quintets: L'Orfeo Blaeserensemble/van Heerden.
    • CPO.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Op.65 No.6

    Performer: Alice Sara Ott.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major, H.I.105 - 1st movment, Allegro

    Ensemble: Arcangelo. Conductor: Jonathan Cohen.
    • Hyperion.
  • George Lloyd

    Symphony No 5 in B flat major (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: George Lloyd.
    • George Lloyd: Symphony No.5: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Lloyd.
    • Albany.
  • Édouard Lalo

    Symphonie espagnole, Op 21 (5th mvt)

    Performer: Nikita Boriso‐Glebsky. Orchestra: Sinfonia Varsovia. Conductor: Augustin Dumay.
    • Fuga Libera.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    Irish Rhapsody No 3 in D major

    Performer: Raphael Wallfisch. Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Trad.

    Down by the Salley Gardens

    Composer: Herbert Hughes. Performer: Gerald Moore. Singer: John McCormack.
    • Symposium.
  • Rebecca Clarke

    Down by the Salley Gardens

    Performer: Kathron Sturrock. Singer: Patricia Wright.
    • Gamut.
  • Ivor Gurney

    Down by the Salley Gardens

    Performer: David Willison. Singer: Benjamin Luxon.
    • Butterworth and Gurney - Songs.
    • Chandos.
  • Traditional Irish

    Salley Gardens

    Music Arranger: Benjamin Britten. Singer: Arleen Augér. Performer: Dalton Baldwin.
    • Love Songs.
    • Delos.
    • 23.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto for 4 harpsichords BWV 1065 Arr. for 8 Marimbas and Orchestra

    Ensemble: Wave Quartet. Ensemble: L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra.
    • Sony.
  • Richard Rodgers

    The King and I

    Performer: Boston Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Arthur Fiedler.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Les noces (1923 Version): Scene 3: The Departure of the Bride (Chorus, Bride, Pa

    Ensemble: Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta. Choir: Virginia Symphony Chorus.
    • Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale Suite, Octet & Les noces.
    • Naxos.
    • 303.
  • Derek Bourgeois

    Serenade, Op 22

    Ensemble: Black Dyke Band. Conductor: Michael Antrobus.
    • Chandos.
  • Bohuslav Martinu

    Spalicek (Fairy tale of Cinderella, Waltz, Wedding, Polka)

    Choir: Kühnův smíšený sbor. Orchestra: Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: František Jílek.
    • Spalicek (Ballet in 3 acts).
    • 7.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    Waltz (Scènes de ballet, Op 52)

    Orchestra: USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
    • Anthology of Russian and Soviet Symphonic Music vol.2.
    • Melodiya.
    • 013.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Ruslan and Ludmila (Overture)

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila, Kirov Opera / Gergiev.
    • Philips.
    • 1.
  • Nils Frahm


    Performer: Daniel Hope. Performer: Jane Berthe. Performer: Christoph Anacker. Performer: Jacques Ammon. Ensemble: Kaiser Quartett.
    • DG.
  • César Franck

    Symphonic Variations

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Stéphane Denève.
    • NAÏVE.
  • Niels Wilhelm Gade

    String Sextet in E flat major, Op 44 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Ensemble MidtVest.
    • Niels W. Gade: Chamber Works Volume 1.
    • CPO.
    • 2.
  • Claude Debussy

    Le vent dans la plaine (Preludes, Book 1)

    Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
    • Debussy, Preludes etc.: Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
    • Decca.
    • 3.
  • Franz Schubert

    Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen 'Am Tage Aller Seelen D343

    Performer: Helmut Deutsch. Singer: Matthias Goerne.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Overture in C major, 'Hamburger Ebb' und Fluth'

    Ensemble: Zefiro.
    • Ambroisie.
  • Franz Reizenstein

    Cyrano de Bergerac Overture, Op. 28

    Orchestra: Nürnberger Symphoniker. Conductor: Yaron Traub.
    • Reizenstein: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Orchestral Works.
    • CPO.
    • 301.


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