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Essential Classics with Suzy Klein: Essential Love Songs, Locke's The Tempest, Julia Chatterton

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

  • Jacques Ibert

    Trois pièces brèves

    Ensemble: Athena Ensemble.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    String Quartet no.10 in E Flat Major, Op.51: 4th movt - Finale

    Ensemble: Albion Quartet.
    • Dvořák: String Quartets Nos. 8 & 10.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 8.
  • Jean Sibelius

    The Bard, Op 64

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
    • EMI.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Sonata in E flat major H.16.52 for piano - iii. Finale Presto

    Performer: Leon McCawley.
    • Haydn: Sonatas Nos 33, 53, 60, 62 and variations.
    • Somm.
    • 12.
  • Matthew Locke

    Air pour les zéphirs; Orage; Air pour Borée (Les Indes galantes)

    Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Tzigane -- rapsodie de concert, arr. for violin and orchestra

    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • EMI.
  • Caroline Shaw

    Partita for 8 voices: Sarabande

    Ensemble: Roomful of Teeth.
    • New Amsterdam.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Serenata in vano

    Ensemble: Athena Ensemble.
    • Nielsen: Wind Music.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 4.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Overture mit Konzertschluss from Iphigenie en Aulide

    Music Arranger: Richard Wagner. Orchestra: Das Neue Orchester. Conductor: Christoph Spering.
    • Oehms.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Piano Concerto no.5 "Egyptian" (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Stephen Hough. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • Hyperion.
  • Elena Kats‐Chernin

    Re-invention No.1 (After J S Bach Invention no.8)

    Performer: Genevieve Lacey. Ensemble: Flinders Quartet.
    • Reinventions.
    • ABC Classics.
    • 1.
  • John Blow

    Venus and Adonis (Venus! Adonis!)

    Singer: Rosemary Joshua. Singer: Gerald Finley. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: René Jacobs.
    • Venus and Adonis.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 8.
  • Jean Sibelius

    The Tempest: Prelude, Op.109, No.1 

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • BIS.
  • Frank Martin

    Songs of Ariel (Full fathom five)

    Singer: Lauritz Jakob Thomsen. Ensemble: DR VokalEnsemblet. Conductor: Marcus Creed.
    • The Secret Mass.
    • OUR RECORDINGS.
    • 11.
  • Dag Wirén

    Serenade for Strings, Op. 11

    Orchestra: Stockholm Sinfonietta. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • A Swedish Serenade.
    • BIS.
    • 1-4.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Un'aura amorosa (Cosi fan tutte)

    Singer: Rainer Trost. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Nadia Boulanger

    3 pieces for cello and piano

    Performer: Nicolas Altstaedt. Performer: José Gallardo.
    • Naxos.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto for oboe and violin in C minor, BWV 1060

    Performer: Alexei Ogrintchouk. Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
    • BIS.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    Dance of Nymphs and Reapers (The Tempest, Op 1)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Chandos.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in B flat major, Op 130: 5th movement, Cavatina

    Ensemble: Lindsay String Quartet.
    • Beethoven: String Quartets Volume 7: The Lindsays.
    • ASV.
  • Josquin des Prez

    De profundis / Requiem aeternam

    Choir: Cappella Amsterdam. Conductor: Daniel Reuss.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Study in C sharp minor, Op 10 No 4

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • Chopin: Etudes Op.10 & Op.25: Maurizio Pollini.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 4.
  • Béla Bartók

    Concerto for orchestra (Sz.116), 5th mvt; Finale (Pesante - presto)

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Bela Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer.
    • Hungaroton.

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