Essential Classics

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Friday with Ian Skelly - Chilly Gonzales, Ravel's Bolero20181130

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today, one of the most hummable tunes ever - Dvorak's charming Humoresque. Other music highlights this morning include Cesar Franck's thrilling - and chilling - tone poem Le Chasseur Maudit, and the dramatic finale of Shostakovich's Symphony No.12 "The year 1917".

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury. Today, Kate Molleson on Ravel's Bolero.

1050 This week's guest is the Grammy-winning pianist, composer and entertainer Chilly Gonzales, who’ll be talking about the people, places and ideas that mean the most to him - today it's tennis player John McEnroe.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Friday with Ian Skelly - Contentious cyclists, Simon Armitage, Scherzo from Vaughan Williams' London Symphony20190125

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Friday with Ian Skelly - Falla's Three Cornered Hat, Sir Mark Elder, medieval manuscripts20190118

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today's piece is the Jota from Falla's Three Cornered Hat.

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the conductor Sir Mark Elder.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Friday with Ian Skelly - Lawnmowers, Dobrinka Tabakova, Sibelius - Lemminkainen's Return20190329

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from composer Dobrinka Tabakova.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Friday with Ian Skelly - Nadia Boulanger, Dan Snow, Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade20181214

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. This morning, an exotic Arabian adventure from Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade - The Tale of the Kalandar Prince. Other musical highlights this morning include the Christmas Eve-set Act 2 of Puccini's La Boheme, and Mozart's ballet music for Idomeneo.

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury. Kate Molleson on the composer/conductor Nadia Boulanger.

1050 The historian, writer and presenter Dan Snow talks about the books, music, art and places that inspire him. Today's influence is the film The Last of the Mohicans.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Friday with Ian Skelly - Sewing machines, Marcus du Sautoy, Bach's Ricercar orchestrated by Webern20190322

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from mathematician, writer and presenter Marcus du Sautoy.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Friday with Suzy Klein - Dvorak Piano Quintet No 2, Judge Rinder, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh20190104

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

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, Robert "Judge" Rinder.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Friday with Suzy Klein - Jennifer Pike, New Year New Music: Gavin Bryars20190111

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

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today, John Adams's 40th birthday present for his friend Simon Rattle - the raucous Lollapalooza. Other musical highlights this morning include two highly contrasting overtures: Beethoven's dramatic Egmont, and Malcolm Arnold's vacuum cleaner-driven A Grand, Grand Overture.

1010 As part of New Year, New Music, Radio 3 presenters introduce some of the latest pieces of music that they love. Sarah Walker picks music by Gavin Bryars.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the violinist Jennifer Pike.

1130 Slow Moment - time to take a break for a moment's musical reflection: the meltingly beautiful slow movement of Barber's violin concerto.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Friday with Suzy Klein - Ravel's L'Aurore, Al Murray, The Venerable Yew20190315

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

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from comedian, actor and write Al Murray, best known as The Pub Landlord.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Friday with Suzy Klein - Sebastian Faulks, Delius's Walk to the Paradise Garden, Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies20181207

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

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

1050 Suzy’s guest this week is the novelist, journalist and broadcaster Sebastian Faulks, who’ll be talking about the people, places and ideas that mean the most to him.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Ian Skelly20181217

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller - a quirky slice of history.

1050 The acclaimed English tenor Ian Bostridge talks about the people, ideas and music that have inspired him throughout his career.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Ian Skelly20181218

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller - a quirky slice of history.

1050 The acclaimed English tenor Ian Bostridge talks about the people, ideas and music that have inspired him throughout his career.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Ian Skelly20181219

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller - a quirky slice of history.

1050 The acclaimed English tenor Ian Bostridge talks about the people, ideas and music that have inspired him throughout his career.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Ian Skelly20181220

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today's piece is Anitra's Dance from Grieg's Peer Gynt.

1010 Time Traveller - a quirky slice of history.

1050 The acclaimed English tenor Ian Bostridge talks about the people, ideas and music that have inspired him throughout his career.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Ian Skelly20181221

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller - a quirky slice of history.

1050 The acclaimed English tenor Ian Bostridge talks about the people, ideas and music that have inspired him throughout his career.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Ian Skelly20181224

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller - a quirky slice of history.

1050 This Christmas week , the former Children's Laureate and prolific author Michael Morpurgo shares his cultural inspirations.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Ian Skelly20181225

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

1050 This Christmas week, the former Children's Laureate and prolific author Michael Morpurgo shares his cultural inspirations.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Ian Skelly20181226

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

1050 This Christmas week, the former Children's Laureate and prolific author Michael Morpurgo shares his cultural inspirations.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Ian Skelly20181227

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

1050 This Christmas week, the former Children's Laureate and prolific author Michael Morpurgo shares his cultural inspirations.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Ian Skelly20181228

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

1050 This Christmas week, the former Children's Laureate and prolific author Michael Morpurgo shares his cultural inspirations.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Monday with Ian Skelly - Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad, Prison Games, Dobrinka Tabakova20190325

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from composer Dobrinka Tabakova.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Monday with Ian Skelly - Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Mary Lucas's Concrete Boathouse, Simon Armitage20190121

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. This morning's starter is Mendelssohn's magical overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream. Other musical highlights today include a characterful performance of Haydn's String Quartet Op.33 No.6, and Tchaikovsky's sunny Capriccio italien.

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history. Kate Romano on Mary Lucas's Concrete Boathouse.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Monday with Ian Skelly - Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, Lady Liverpool's Shawl, Marcus du Sautoy20190318

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from mathematician, writer and presenter Marcus du Sautoy.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Monday with Ian Skelly - Sir Mark Elder, Holst's The Planets - Mercury, A medieval mouse20190114

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the conductor Sir Mark Elder.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Monday with Suzy Klein - Arban's Carnival of Venice, Ty Unnos, Al Murray20190311

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

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from comedian, actor and write Al Murray, best known as The Pub Landlord.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Monday with Suzy Klein - March from Vaughan Williams' Sea Songs, the founding of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sebastian Faulks20181203

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

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

1050 Suzy’s guest this week is the novelist, journalist and broadcaster Sebastian Faulks, who’ll be talking about the people, places and ideas that mean the most to him.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Monday with Suzy Klein - Mozart's Deh vieni alla finestra from Don Giovanni, Edgard Var\u00e8se's Am\u00e9riques, Chilly Gonzales20181126

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

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

1050 Suzy’s guest this week is the Grammy-winning pianist, composer and entertainer Chilly Gonzales, who’ll be talking about the people, places and ideas that mean the most to him.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Monday with Suzy Klein - Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Bizet's Symphony in C, Dan Snow20181210

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

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

1050 The historian, writer and presenter Dan Snow talks about the books, music, art and places that inspire him.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Monday with Suzy Klein - Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues, New Year, New Music: Cassandra Miller, Jennifer Pike20190107

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

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

1010 As part of New Year, New Music, Radio 3 presenters introduce some of the latest pieces of music that they love.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, violinist Jennifer Pike.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Suzy Klein20181231

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

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. To usher in the new year in great party spirit, this morning's starter is Peter Maxwell Davies's joyous and often raucous musical description of An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise, complete with bagpiper finale. Also today, Dohnanyi's brilliant Variations on a Nursery Theme - namely, Twinkle, twinkle little star.

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history. Kate Romano on wassailing.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, Robert "Judge" Rinder.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Suzy Klein20190101

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Suzy Klein20190102

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

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, Robert "Judge" Rinder.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Suzy Klein20190103

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

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, Robert "Judge" Rinder.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Suzy Klein20190104

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

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, Robert "Judge" Rinder.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Suzy Klein20190128

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

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the actress and model Lily Cole.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Suzy Klein20190129

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

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the actress and model Lily Cole.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Suzy Klein20190130

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

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week , the actress and model Lily Cole.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Suzy Klein20190131

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

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the actress and model Lily Cole.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Suzy Klein20190201

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

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the actress and model Lily Cole.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Suzy Klein20190204

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

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 key moments in the last century of classical music.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the fashion designer and sculptor Nicole Farhi.
1130 Slow Moment - time to take a break for a moment's musical reflection

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Suzy Klein20190205

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

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 key moments in the last century of classical music.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the fashion designer and sculptor Nicole Farhi.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Suzy Klein20190206

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

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 key moments in the last century of classical music.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the fashion designer and sculptor Nicole Farhi.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Suzy Klein20190207

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

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 key moments in the last century of classical music.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the fashion designer and sculptor Nicole Farhi.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Suzy Klein20190208

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

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the fashion designer and sculptor Nicole Farhi.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Thursday with Ian Skelly - Ed Weston's Walks, Simon Armitage20190124

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Thursday with Ian Skelly - Essential Classics Playlist, Easter, Dobrinka Tabakova20190328

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from composer Dobrinka Tabakova.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Thursday with Ian Skelly - Haydn's Cello Concerto, Threepenny Opera, Chilly Gonzales20181129

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

1050 This week's guest is the Grammy-winning pianist, composer and entertainer Chilly Gonzales, who’ll be talking about the people, places and ideas that mean the most to him.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Thursday with Ian Skelly - Mussorgsky's Dawn on the Moscow River, Marcus du Sautoy20190321

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from mathematician, writer and presenter Marcus du Sautoy.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Thursday with Ian Skelly - Peter and the Wolf, Dan Snow20181213

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

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

1050 The historian, writer and presenter Dan Snow talks about the books, music, art and places that inspire him.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Thursday with Ian Skelly - Sir Mark Elder, Debussy's Jeux, The Boy Detective20190117

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the conductor Sir Mark Elder.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Thursday with Suzy Klein - Al Murray, Schumann Papillons Op.2, The Devil's Chord20190314

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

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from comedian, actor and write Al Murray, best known as The Pub Landlord.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Thursday with Suzy Klein - Bernstein's Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, Allmayer, Judge Rinder20190103

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

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, Robert "Judge" Rinder.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Thursday with Suzy Klein - Glyndebourne, Sebastian Faulks, Gorecki's Third Symphony20181206

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

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

1050 Suzy’s guest this week is the novelist, journalist and broadcaster Sebastian Faulks, who’ll be talking about the people, places and ideas that mean the most to him.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Thursday with Suzy Klein - New Year, New Music: Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Jennifer Pike20190110

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

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

1010 As part of New Year, New Music, Radio 3 presenters introduce some of the latest pieces of music that they love.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the violinist Jennifer Pike.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Tuesday with Ian Skelly - Jaguarina, Sir Mark Elder, Tosca20190115

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the conductor Sir Mark Elder.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Tuesday with Ian Skelly - Lost Jobs of London, Dobrinka Tabakova, Delibes' Pizzicato20190326

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from composer Dobrinka Tabakova.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Tuesday with Ian Skelly - Privy counselling, Marcus du Sautoy, Respighi's Primavera20190319

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from mathematician, writer and presenter Marcus du Sautoy.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Tuesday with Ian Skelly - Rulers' pets, Simon Armitage, Korngold's Garden Scene from Much Ado About Nothing20190122

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Tuesday with Suzy Klein - Abbey Road Studios, Sebastian Faulks, Elgar's Chanson du Matin20181204

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

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

1050 Suzy’s guest this week is the novelist, journalist and broadcaster Sebastian Faulks who’ll be talking about the people, places and ideas that mean the most to him.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Tuesday with Suzy Klein - Al Murray, Puccini's E lucevan le stelle, The Mystery of Elizabeth Canning20190312

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

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from comedian, actor and write Al Murray, best known as The Pub Landlord.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Tuesday with Suzy Klein - Hindemith's Trauermusik, Dan Snow, Handel's Lascia ch'io pianga20181211

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

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

1050 The historian, writer and presenter Dan Snow talks about the books, music, art and places that inspire him.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Tuesday with Suzy Klein - New Year, New Music: James MacMillan, Jennifer Pike, Prokofiev's Arrival of the Guests20190108

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

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

1010 As part of New Year, New Music, Radio 3 presenters introduce some of the latest pieces of music that they love.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, violinist Jennifer Pike.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Tuesday with Suzy Klein - Puccini's Turandot, Chilly Gonzales, Beethoven's Path\u00e9tique Sonata20181127

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

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

1050 Suzy’s guest this week is the Grammy-winning pianist, composer and entertainer Chilly Gonzales, who’ll be talking about the people, places and ideas that mean the most to him.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Tuesday with Suzy Klein and guest Judge Rinder20190101

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Wednesday with Ian Skelly - Dan Snow, Ravel's Mother Goose, Berg's Violin Concerto20181212

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

1050 The historian, writer and presenter Dan Snow talks about the books, music, art and places that inspire him.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Wednesday with Ian Skelly - Dobrinka Tabakova, Monteverdi Vespers, Bridget of Sweden20190327

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from composer Dobrinka Tabakova.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Wednesday with Ian Skelly - Marcus du Sautoy, Skempton's Well, well Cornelius, Macbeth's Weird Sisters20190320

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from mathematician, writer and presenter Marcus du Sautoy.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Wednesday with Ian Skelly - Simon Armitage, Tavener's The Lamb, umbrella theft20190123

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Wednesday with Ian Skelly - Sir Mark Elder, Ghost trains20190116

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the conductor Sir Mark Elder.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Wednesday with Suzy Klein - Al Murray, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, Kenneth the Fishy Angel20190313

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

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from comedian, actor and write Al Murray, best known as The Pub Landlord.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Wednesday with Suzy Klein - Chilly Gonzales, Liszt's Mephisto Waltz, The first broadcast of the BBC Proms20181128

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

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

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

1050 Suzy’s guest this week is the Grammy-winning pianist, composer and entertainer Chilly Gonzales, who’ll be talking about the people, places and ideas that mean the most to him.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Wednesday with Suzy Klein - Jennifer Pike, Shostakovich's Waltz from Dance of the Dolls, New Year, New Music: Edmund Finnis20190109

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

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

1010 As part of New Year, New Music, Radio 3 presenters introduce some of the latest pieces of music that they love.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the violinist Jennifer Pike.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Wednesday with Suzy Klein - Sebastian Faulks, JS Bach's Cantata 140 Wachet auf, Florence Price's Symphony in E minor20181205

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

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today we are featuring J S Bach's opening chorus from Wachet auf, BWV 140

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

1050 Suzy’s guest this week is the novelist, journalist and broadcaster Sebastian Faulks, who’ll be talking about the people, places and ideas that mean the most to him.

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

Other music in the programme includes Heino Eller's evocation of Dawn, the slow movement of Korngold's violin concerto and a new release of piano music by Debussy played by Javier Perianes.

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music

Wednesday with Suzy Klein - Vril Power, Judge Rinder, New Year Carol arranged by Britten20190102

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

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

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, Robert "Judge" Rinder.

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

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music