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Essential Classics with Suzy Klein: Piazzolla's Oblivion, Tom Holland, Harlech Choral Festival

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, the writer and historian Tom Holland.

1110 Essential Five – this week we suggest five essential Haydn Quartets.

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

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Music Played

  • Malcolm Williamson

    Tarantella (Sinfonietta)

    Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • Williamson: Orchestral Works, Volume 1.
    • Chandos.
    • 13.
  • Trad.

    Ach bittrer Winter

    Singer: Dorothee Mields. Ensemble: Lautten Compagney. Director: Wolfgang Katschner.
    • Wie Schon Leuchtet Der Morgenstern.
    • 3.
  • Rebecca Dale


    Choir: VOCES8. Performer: Håkon Samuelsen. Performer: Mari Samuelsen. Performer: Huw Watkins.
    • Decca.
  • Albert Roussel

    Le festin de l'araignée, Op. 17, L. 19: IIIb. Danse du papillon

    Orchestra: Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire. Conductor: Pascal Rophé.
    • Dukas: Polyeucte Overture & L'apprenti sorcier - Roussel: Le festin de l'araigné.
    • BIS.
    • 204.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Double Oboe Concerto in C major, Op 7 No 11

    Performer: Heinz Holliger. Performer: Hans Elhorst. Orchestra: Camerata Bern.
    • Albinoni: Concerti per oboe: Holliger/Elhorst/Camerata Bern.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 13.
  • Astor Piazzolla


    Performer: Astor Piazzolla.
    • Tango Piazzolla: Astor Piazzolla Key Works 1984-1991.
    • Music Club ‎.
    • 3.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Five Bagatelles, Op 23, arr Ashmore

    Performer: Robert Plane. Music Arranger: Lawrence Ashmore. Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia. Conductor: Howard Griffiths.
    • Finzi: Clarinet Concert, Five Bagatelles: Robert Plane.
    • Naxos.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Serenade no.2 in A, Op. 16 - i) Allegro moderato

    Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • SDG.
  • Astor Piazzolla


    Performer: Astor Piazzolla.
    • Tango Piazzolla: Astor Piazzolla Key Works 1984-1991.
    • Music Club ‎.
    • 3.
  • Iiro Rantala

    My Finnish Calendar : December

    Performer: Iiro Rantala.
    • ACT.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    3 Preludes on Welsh hymn tunes for organ; no.2; Rhosymedre

    Performer: Huw Williams.
    • GUILD.
  • Traditional Welsh

    Men of Harlech

    Ensemble: The Band of the Coldstream Guards. Conductor: Major Roger G. Swift.
    • REGIS.
  • Joseph Holbrooke


    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: George Vass.
    • J Holbrooke, Symphony no.4: RLPO/RSNO/Wallfisch/Vass.
    • Epoch.
    • 8.
  • Traditional Welsh

    Men of Harlech

    Choir: Treorchy Male Voice Choir.
  • Traditional Welsh

    David of the White Rock (Dafydd Y Garreg Wen)

    Singer: Bryn Terfel. Performer: Katherine Thomas.
    • We'll Keep A Welcome.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 3.
  • Hamish MacCunn

    The Ship o' the Fiend

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Maccunn - Land of the Mountain and the Flood and other music.
    • Hyperion.
    • 3.
  • Joby Talbot

    The Queen Of Hearts' Tango (Suite from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Austin.
    • Alice's Adventures In Wonderland.
    • 6.
  • Duke Ellington


    Performer: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra.
  • Edward Elgar

    Softly and gently (The Dream of Gerontius, Op.38)

    Singer: Alice Coote. Choir: Hallé Choir. Choir: Hallé Youth Choir. Orchestra: Halle. Director: Sir Mark Elder.
    • The Dream of Gerontius.
    • Halle.
    • 14.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata No 4 in E flat major, Op 7 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Éric Heidsieck.
    • Beethoven The Collector's Edition 50 CDs The Masterpieces The Greatest Artists.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 12.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Ombra mai fu (from Serse, HWV 40, arr Pluhar)

    Singer: Valer Barna-Sabadus. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • Erato.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Le rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31, R. 169

    Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lille. Conductor: Jun Märkl.
    • Saint-Saëns: Symphonic Poems.
    • Naxos.
    • 4.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Heilig, heilig ist Gott, TWV 2:6, Machet die Tore weit

    Choir: Collegium Vocale Siegen. Orchestra: Hannoversche Hofkapelle. Ensemble: Friedemann Immer Trumpet Consort. Conductor: Ulrich Stötzel.
    • Telemann: Sacred Music.
    • haenssler CLASSIC.
    • 301.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in B flat major, Op.76`4 'Sunrise' (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Schumann Quartett.
    • Berlin Classics.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in A flat major, D.899 no.4

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DG.
  • Komitas

    Hays hark nviranats ukhti

    Performer: Jan Garbarek. Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • Officium Novum: Hilliard Ensemble/Jan Garbarek.
    • ECM New Series.
    • 9.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Harold in Italy (Marche des pèlerins

    Performer: David Aaron Carpenter. Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Ondine.
  • Thomas Morley

    Joyne hands à 6

    Ensemble: Dowland Consort. Director: Jakob Lindberg.
    • Heavenly Noyse: Download Consort/Jakob Lindberg.
    • BIS.
    • 4.
  • Joachim Raff

    Prelude to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.


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