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Essential Classics with Suzy Klein: Saint-Saëns's Swan, Belle's Berryfields, 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

  • Johann Strauss II


    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Willi Boskovsky.
    • Johann Strauss: Famous Waltzes: Boskovsky.
    • Decca.
    • 3.
  • Louise Farrenc

    Souvenir des Huguenots, Op. 19

    Performer: Joanne Polk.
    • Louise Farrenc: Etudes & Variations for Solo Piano.
    • Steinway and Sons.
    • 301.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Jubilate Deo

    Choir: The Cambridge Singers. Orchestra: La Nuova Musica. Conductor: John Rutter.
    • The Sacred Flame: The Cambridge Singers / Rutter.
    • Collegium.
    • 1.
  • Enrique Granados

    Andaluza (Danza espagnole)

    Performer: Judith Hall. Performer: Tim Walker.
    • Habanera! Judith Hall (flute) & Tim Walker (Guitar).
    • Collins Classics.
    • 4.
  • François Francœur

    Suite in G minor (Overture)

    Orchestra: La Simphonie du Marais. Director: Hugo Reyne.
    • Francoeur/Philidor: Festive and ceremonial music for Versailles.
    • Virgin Veritas.
    • 1.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Carnival of the Animals, R. 125: No. 13 The Swan

    Performer: Gabriele Geminiani. Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals & Symphony No. 3, "Organ Symphony".
    • Warner Classics.
    • 117.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    String Symphony No 2 in D major

    Ensemble: The Hanover Band. Conductor: Roy Goodman.
    • SONY.
  • John Tavener

    The Lamb

    Ensemble: 12 Ensemble.
    • Death and the Maiden.
    • Sancho Panza Records.
    • 101.
  • Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

    Violin Sonata no.3 in F major

    Ensemble: La Rêveuse. Director: Benjamin Perrot.
    • MIRARE.
  • Rolf Wilhelm

    Brass Quintet: IV. Allegretto con moto

    Ensemble: da Capo Brass.
    • From the Beginning.
    • Delos.
    • 104.
  • Frederick Delius

    By the River (Florida Suite)

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • The Essential Delius - Various.
    • Chandos.
    • 2.
  • Belle Stewart

    The Berryfields of Blair

    Performer: Belle Stewart. Singer: Belle Stewart.
    • Songs of the Travelling People.
    • Saydisc.
    • 04.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15: III. Rondo allegro

    Performer: Elizabeth Sombart. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Vallet.
    • Beethoven: Piano Concertos Vol. 1.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 103.
  • Calum MacCrimmon

    Glasgow of the Big Shops

    Composer: John Mackay. Ensemble: Breabach.
    • ALBA.
  • Carl Orff

    Olim lacus colueram (Carmina burana)

    Singer: Gerhard Stolze. Orchestra: German Opera Orchestra. Choir: Chorus of German Opera, Berlin. Conductor: Eugen Jochum.
    • DG.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Cello Sonata in G minor, Op 19 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma. Performer: Emanuel Ax.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    The Silver Swan

    Choir: The King’s Singers.
    • SIGNUM.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto in B flat major for harp and orchestra, Op 4 No 6

    Performer: Andrew Lawrence‐King. Orchestra: Taverner Players. Director: Andrew Parrott.
    • Pachelbel/Bach/Handel/Purcell: Taverner Players, Andrew Parrot.
    • EMI.
    • 2.
  • Dilys Elwyn-Edwards

    Y Gylfinir (The Curlew)

    Performer: Jocelyn Freeman. Singer: Elin Manahan Thomas.
    • Mae Hiraeth yn y Môr.
    • Tŷ Cerdd Records.
    • 1.
  • Giulio Caccini

    Amarilli mia bella

    Singer: Montserrat Figueras. Ensemble: Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • DHM.
  • Ester Mägi


    Orchestra: Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Arvo Volmer.
    • Magi: Orchestral Music.
    • Toccata Classics.
    • 5.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Organ Concerto in G major, BWV 592

    Performer: Anton Heiller.
    • Amadeus.
  • Claude Debussy

    Nocturnes (No 3, 'Sirènes')

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • Philips.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    The Gallant Weaver

    Singer: Margaret Feaviour. Singer: Amanda Morrison. Singer: Michaela Haslam. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Sir James MacMillan.
    • MacMillan -The Birds of Rhiannon.
    • Chandos.
    • 5.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 104 in D major, 'London' (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Philips.
  • Franz Schubert

    Liebesbotschaft (Schwanengesang, D 957)

    Performer: Gerald Moore. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
    • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    Ständchen (Schwanengesang, D 957)

    Performer: Gerald Moore. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
    • DG.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No 2 in C minor, Op 17, 'Little Russian' (3rd mvt)

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


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