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Essential Classics with Suzy Klein: Handel in Stanmore, Glenda Jackson, Scriabin's Nocturne for Left Hand

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, Glenda Jackson.

1110 Essential Five – this week we suggest five essential piano preludes.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Flute Concerto no. 1 in A minor Wq.166 (3rd movement 'Allegro assai')

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Orchestra: Potsdam Chamber Academy. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
    • CPE Bach Flute Concertos.
    • Warner.
    • 3.
  • Misha Mullov-Abbado

    The Infamous Grouse

    Performer: Misha Mullov-Abbado. Performer: James Davison.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Rhapsodic Overture, 'A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes'

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Sonata in A major RV.31, Op.2`2 for violin and continuo

    Performer: Ismo Eskelinen. Performer: Karen Gomyo.
    • BIS.
  • Richard Wagner

    Morgentlich leuchtend (Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Act 3)

    Orchestra: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Marco Armiliato. Singer: Jonas Kaufmann.
    • DECCA.
  • Gabriela Montero

    Improvisation on Vivaldi's Winter

    Performer: Gabriela Montero.
    • EMI.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Ego sum panis vivus qui

    Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Johan Svendsen

    Norwegian Rhapsody No 2

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Svendsen: Orchestral Works, Vol.1: Thorsen, BPO, Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
    • 10.
  • Maurice Ravel


    Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Pietro Mascagni

    Intermezzo (Cavalleria rusticana)

    Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.
    • Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana - Norman, Giacomini.
    • Philips.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Fantasia in C minor K475

    Performer: Piotr Anderszewski.
    • WARNER.
  • Georges Bizet

    La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (Carmen)

    Singer: Joseph Calleja. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Stephen Mercurio.
    • Decca.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Amoroso (Cinderella)

    Conductor: André Previn. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • EMI.
  • Jocelyn Pook

    Song for Bassanio (The Merchant of Venice)

    Ensemble: Baroque String Quartet. Singer: Ben Crawley.
    • DECCA.
  • William Byrd

    The Bells

    Music Arranger: Mark Kroll. Ensemble: Canadian Brass.
    • Canadian Brass: English Renaissance Music.
    • CBS.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No.4 in C minor (Op.43); Moderato con moto

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • DG.
  • Benedetto Marcello

    Come mai puoi vedermi piangere (Arianna)

    Singer: Patricia Petibon. Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Andrea Marcon.
    • Rosso Italian Baroque Arias: Patricia Petibon.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 13.
  • George Gershwin

    Prelude No 2 (Three Preludes for piano)

    Performer: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • Gershwin : The 1920's & the 1930's: Tilson Thomas.
    • CBS.
    • 2.
  • Jean Sibelius

    The Oceanides

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    La Belle Hélène, ACTE I: Couplets: Amours divins (Hélène/Choeur des jeunes fille

    Choir: Sébastien Rouland. Choir: Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre. Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Offenbach Opera Highlights.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 110.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    O sacrum convivium

    Choir: Det Norske Solistkor. Conductor: Grete Pedersen.
    • BIS.
  • Albert de Rippe

    La Seraphine

    Performer: Paul O’Dette.
    • Rippe: Works for lute 'Un perfaict sonneur de Leut'.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 25.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Trio in D major, Op 9 No 2 (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Trio Zimmermann.
    • Bis.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Trumpet Overture, Op.101

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    No. 6 Duett in A flat major from Lieder Ohne Worte - Book 3, Op. 38

    Performer: Howard Shelley.
    • Hyperion: CDA68059.
    • Hyperion.
    • 22.


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