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Essential Classics with Suzy Klein: A classy conga line, Essential Love Songs

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.

1100 Essential Five – this week we suggest five essential love songs.

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

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Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelle in C major, Op 33 No 5

    Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • Beethoven: Bagatelles for Piano: Kovacevich.
    • Philips.
    • 5.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

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

    Ensemble: Zefiro.
    • Ambroisie.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Octet in E flat Major, Op. 20: IV. Presto

    Ensemble: Gringolts Quartet. Ensemble: Meta4.
    • Felix Mendelssohn & Enescu: Octets.
    • BIS.
    • 104.
  • Aaron Copland

    Buckaroo Holiday (Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo)

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • Copland the Populist: Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony.
    • RCA Red Seal.
    • 3.
  • Anna Meredith


    Performer: Tom Kerstens. Performer: Karen Hutt. Ensemble: Ligeti String Quartet.
    • Ignite: New Music for Guitar, Vol. 3.
    • BGS Records.
    • 101.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No.2 (Adagio Sostenuto)

    Performer: Denis Matsuev. Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Mariinsky.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade in E flat major, K 375 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Consortium Classicum.
    • Mozart The Collectors Edition 50 CDs The Masterpieces The Greatest Artists.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 8.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Symphony No 5 in B flat major, Op 100 (2nd mvt)

    Conductor: Marin Alsop. Orchestra: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.
    • Prokofiev: Symphony no. 5.
    • Naxos.
    • 2.
  • Fritz Kreisler

    Liebesfreud' - old Viennese dance no.1

    Performer: Jack Liebeck. Performer: Katya Apekisheva.
    • Hyperion.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Concerto no. 2 in C minor Op.18 for piano and orchestra: Adagio Sostenuto

    Performer: Denis Matsuev. Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Mariinsky.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Siam navi all'onde (L'Olimpiade)

    Singer: Patricia Petibon. Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Andrea Marcon.
    • Rosso Italian Baroque Arias: Patricia Petibon.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 11.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No 3 in D major, D 200 (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Pablo Heras‐Casado.
    • Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 4.
  • Dobrinka Tabakova

    Spinning a Yarn

    Performer: Roman Mints.
    • Quartz.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Prelude in C minor, Op 28 No 20

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • Chopin: 26 Preludes Scherzo NR. 2 - Martha Argerich.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 20.
  • Giacomo Puccini


    Ensemble: Signum Quartet.
    • Quartet Movements: Signum Quartett.
    • Capriccio.
    • 2.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    The little train of the caipira (Bachiana brasileira no.2)

    Orchestra: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Roberto Minczuk.
    • Villa-Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras Volume 1.
    • Bis.
    • 4.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F major, BWV 1047

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

    Einleitung (Tristan und Isolde - An Orchestral Passion)

    Music Arranger: Henk de Vlieger. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Wagner: Tristan und Isolde/Overtures; Neeme Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
    • 3.
  • Richard Wagner

    Isoldes Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde - An Orchestral Passion)

    Music Arranger: Henk de Vlieger. Conductor: Neeme Järvi. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
    • Wagner: Tristan und Isolde/Overtures; Neeme Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
    • 9.
  • Anthony Holborne

    Muy Linda

    Ensemble: Barokksolistene. Director: Bjarte Eike.
    • BIS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Where e'er you walk (Semele)

    Singer: Mark Padmore. Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Andrew Manze.
  • Alan Hovhaness

    Symphony No 50 (Mount St. Helens) - 3rd mvt: Volcano

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Gerard Schwarz.
    • Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountains.
    • Telarc.
    • 9.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Sonatina in G major, Op 100 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Mischa Maisky. Performer: Pavel Gililov.
    • Strauss/Dvorak: Morgen: Mischa Maisky/Pavel Gililov.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 6.
  • Clément Doucet

    Isoldina for piano

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Alexandre Tharaud: Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 15.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet, Op.20`1 in E flat major (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Hagen Quartett.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Joseph Haydn

    The Creation - Part 2: conclusion

    Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Singer: Toby Spence. Singer: Genia Kühmeier. Singer: Dietrich Henschel. Conductor: William Christie.
    • Haydn: Die Schöpfung.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 204.


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