Main content

Essential Classics with Suzy Klein: Dougherty's Love in the Dictionary, Unreasonable Love Songs, 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.

22 days left to listen

3 hours

Music Played

  • Léo Delibes

    Les filles de Cadix

    Performer: Lucienne Renaudin Vary. Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lille. Conductor: Roberto Rizzi Brignoli.
    • Warner Classics.
  • John Sheppard

    Ave maris stella

    Conductor: Rory McCleery. Choir: Marian Consort.
    • Delphian.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 43 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
    • ALPHA.
  • Charles Avison

    Concerto Grosso No 5 in D minor (after Domenico Scarlatti)

    Performer: Andreas Staier. Ensemble: Orquestra Barroca Casa da Música.
    • À Portuguesa.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 13-16.
  • Celius Dougherty

    Love in the Dictionary

    Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Performer: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • Joyce and Tony.
    • Erato/Warner Classics.
    • 113.
  • Claude Debussy

    Jeux - poème danse

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • Debussy: Nocturnes/La Mer/Jeux: Boulez.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 5.
  • Guillaume Dufay

    Franc cuer gentil - rondeau for 3 voices

    Performer: Jeremy Denk.
    • C.1300 - C.2000.
    • Nonesuch.
    • 4.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet Op 20 No 4 in D major (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Doric String Quartet.
    • Haydn: String Quartets Op. 20.
    • Chandos.
    • 4.
  • Steve Reich

    Electric Counterpoint: 1. Fast

    Performer: Pat Metheny.
    • ELEKTRA/NONESUCH.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No 1 in D Major (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker. Conductor: Adam Fischer.
    • Mahler: Symphony No. 1.
    • CAvi-music.
    • 3.
  • Benjamin Britten

    O tell me the truth about love

    Performer: Ann Murray. Performer: Malcolm Martineau.
    • AVIE.
  • Erik Satie

    Je te veux

    Performer: Anne Queffélec.
    • ERATO.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Symphony in G major, Wq 180

    Ensemble: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
    • C.P.E. Bach: Oboe Concertos.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 10-12.
  • Jennifer Higdon

    Fly Forward (Violin Concerto, 3rd mvt)

    Performer: Hilary Hahn. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
    • Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Hilary Hahn.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 3.
  • Richard Strauss

    Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren (Der Rosenkavalier)

    Singer: Natalie Dessay. Singer: Angelika Kirchschlager. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • Strauss: Amor.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
    • 9.
  • Henry Purcell

    Hole in the Wall (from Abdelazer)

    Performer: Bjarte Eike. Music Arranger: Bjarte Eike. Music Arranger: Barokksolistene. Ensemble: Barokksolistene.
    • The Alehouse Sessions.
    • RUBICON.
    • 6.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Quintet for horn and strings (K.407) in E flat major

    Performer: Nury Guarnaschelli. Ensemble: Signum Quartet.
    • CAPRICCIO.
  • Franz Schubert

    Du bist die Ruh, D.776

    Singer: Christian Gerhaher. Performer: Gerold Huber.
    • RCA.
  • Erik Rydvall & Olav Luksengård Mjelva

    Storebraten

    • Vardroppar.
    • Heilo.
    • 2.
  • Peter Erasmus Lange-Müller

    Viking Blood (Overture)

    Orchestra: Aalborg Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Moshe Atzmon.
    • BIS.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in A major, K 537

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Murray Perahia plays Handel and Scarlatti.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 20.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Love bade me welcome (Five Mystical Songs)

    Singer: John Shirley‐Quirk. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
    • Vaughan Williams: Sancta Civitas: Willcocks/Boult.
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • Jules Massenet

    Thaïs (Meditation)

    Performer: Joshua Bell. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • Poème.
    • Decca.
    • 2.

Broadcast

Our Classical Century

Our Classical Century

Radio 3 explores 100 key musical moments that shaped us, from 1918 to the present day.

Time Travellers: the podcast

Time Travellers: the podcast

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough presents quirky tales gathered from the corners of history.