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Suzy Klein with essential clarinet music and Stravinsky's Petrushka

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Essential Classics - the best in classical music, with Suzy Klein.

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist.

1010 Essential Symphony – a movement from the BBC archive, plus the whole performance available online.

1100 Essential Five – this week we suggest five pieces for clarinet.

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

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Music Played

  • Gioachino Rossini

    La danza (Soirées musicales)

    Music Arranger: Douglas Gamley. Singer: Juan Diego Flórez. Orchestra: Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini. Conductor: Carlo Tenan.
    • Italia.
    • Decca.
    • 10.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Quartet for piano and strings no. 1 (Op.25) in G minor, 2nd mvt; Intermezzo...

    Ensemble: Skride Piano Quartet.
    • Skride Piano Quartet.
    • Orfeo.
    • 6.
  • John Dunstable

    Veni Sancte Spiritus / Veni creator Spiritus

    Choir: The Gesualdo Six. Conductor: Owain Park.
    • English Motets.
    • Hyperion.
    • 009.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Concerto No 1 in A minor Op 77 for violin and orchestra (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Orchestra: State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
    • Hyperion.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

    Performer: Alison Balsom. Performer: Stephen Cleobury. Music Arranger: Alison Balsom.
    • Jubilo - Fasch, Corelli, Torelli & Bach.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 20.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Petrushka, Pt.1; The Shrove-tide fair

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Scenes de Ballet, Berliner Phil, Haitink.
    • Warner.
    • 1.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in E flat major, D.899 no.2

    Performer: Imogen Cooper.
    • Schubert, Live, Volume 3: Imogen Cooper.
    • Avie.
    • 1.
  • Diego Ortiz

    Recercada Segunda

    Performer: Genevieve Lacey. Performer: James Crabb.
    • Heard This and Thought of You.
    • ABC Classics.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Octet in E Flat Major, Op.20 (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Gringolts Quartet. Ensemble: Meta4.
    • Felix Mendelssohn & Enescu: Octets.
    • BIS.
    • 1.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Paride ed Elena: O del mio dolce ardor

    Singer: Magdalena Kožená. Ensemble: Gabrieli Players. Director: Paul McCreesh.
    • DG.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 7

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • John Tavener

    The Protecting Veil: opening

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
  • Béla Bartók

    The Miraculous Mandarin (Allegro - Curtain)

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • DECCA.
  • Richard Rodgers

    Carousel Waltz (Carousel)

    Orchestra: The New London Orchestra. Conductor: Ronald Corp.
    • American Light Music Classics.
    • Hyperion.
    • 22.
  • Ruggero Leoncavallo

    Pagliacci: 'Recitar!... Vesti la giubba'

    Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Giuseppe Patanè.
    • DECCA.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Trio in E flat major, H.15.10

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • Phillips.
  • Gerald Finzi

    My Lovely One, Op 27 No 1

    Performer: Christopher Whitton. Choir: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Christopher Robinson.
    • A Finzi Anthology.
    • Naxos.
    • 3.
  • Aaron Copland

    Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra (with Piano and Harp)

    Performer: Sabine Meyer. Orchestra: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher.
    • Warner Classics.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Chaconne and Variations in G major, HWV 435

    Performer: Daria van den Bercken.
    • Handel: Suites for Keyboard: Daria van den Bercken.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 18.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Messe des pêcheurs de Villerville (Gloria)

    Choir: Balthasar‐Neumann‐Chor. Orchestra: Basel Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ivor Bolton.
    • SONY.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Vos Flores Rosarum

    Performer: Marianne Piketty. Music Arranger: Olivier Fourés. Ensemble: Le Concert Ideal.
    • Evidence.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Scherzo capriccioso

    Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • Dvorak - Symphony no.6.
    • Naxos.
    • 6.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Love bade me welcome (Five Mystical Songs)

    Singer: Simon Keenlyside. Performer: Graham Johnson.
    • The English Song Series 3.
    • NAXOS.
    • 14.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Clarinet Concerto No. 3 (mvts 3 & 4)

    Performer: Martin Frost. Orchestra: Concerto Köln.
    • Sony.

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