From 9am every morning, Classic FM offers an upbeat selection of favourite classics and new discoveries – all under the watchful and ever-enthusiastic eye of John Suchet.
After the Hall of Fame Hour has concluded, the treats continue on Classic FM, as John Suchet keeps you company for a further three hours. Our favourite silver fox of a broadcaster, who may conceivably know more about Beethoven than the composer himself, sees it as his mission to provide the perfect soundtrack to your busy morning.
At 10.15am, John features a daily track from his CD of the Week. It’s always a new album and, over the course of five days, John promises to reveal some fascinating stories about the composer, the performer, and the music in question.
Often, our CD of the Week gives us an opportunity to champion a new or up-and-coming artist – but equally, we’re committed to profiling the great performers of the past. Listen after 10am and you’ll regularly hear the likes of Jacqueline du Pre, Yehudi Menuhin and Mstislav Rostropovich alongside modern-day greats like Nigel Kennedy, Bryn Terfel and Jean-Tves Thibaudet.
With millions of people choosing Classic FM as their weekday morning choice, we know that our listeners are a diverse bunch of people. On the whole, though, people like you are often busy doing something else while you listen to Classic FM at this time of day. Sure, there are some people who have the luxury of reclining in a comfy chair, taking in every last note of a Mozart symphony – but a great many more are listening whilst studying, driving, working, or doing all manner of other tasks. Consequently, you’ll find that the music on Classic FM during weekday mornings is a fairly lively affair; we include the occasional relaxing classic along the way, but we promise to provide an overwhelmingly upbeat sound to your day.
And, as lunchtime looms, John Suchet approaches the final straight of his four-hour stint on-air, before passing the baton over to Jamie Crick – the king of your requests, who makes it his mission to play your choices from 1pm onwards.
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John Suchet albums and interviews
Howard Shore returns to Middle Earth for the second film in the Hobbit trilogy. Album of the Week, 9 December 2013.
Get the Christmas spirit with this seasonal offering from the great guitarist. Album of the Week, 2 December 2013.
An outstanding new release from our greatest living pianist. Album of the Week, 25 November 2013.
John Suchet and John Lill talk about their pet subject - Beethoven, and specifically his piano sonatas
Classic FM presenter John Suchet arrives on the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall for the 2013 Classic BRIT Awards, and calls for more young people to get into classical music.
Pianist Barry Douglas told us all about his upcoming concert with the London Symphony Orchestra
Talking classical recordings, choirs, operatic adventures - and a little rugby, of course - Bryn shares a patriotic chat with John Suchet
John Suchet and trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth take on The Godfather in a fantastic duet
It's a word often used to describe violinist Ida Haendel, but what's it like being a legend? She shares her thoughts in this charming interview
John Suchet makes no secret of his love for the music of Beethoven. But will the great man from Bonn feature in this one minute review of John's life?
Tim Lihoreau chats to Classic FM's John Suchet, one of the hosts of Classic FM Live in Wales, before he takes to the stage
Howard Shelley not only plays piano and conducts, but he also does both at the same time. He offers Classic FM's John Suchet a behind-the-scenes glimpse into his Beethoven recording session – and a bit of conductor gossip.
Speaking to Classic FM in 2010, Beethoven obsessive John Suchet explains the influence the composer has had on his life and career
Tim caught up with the Classic FM presenter before he hosted the evening's festivities at Classic FM Live.
Tim Lihoreau catches up with our Classic FM Live presenter ahead of the concert in Wales.
John reveals the recipe for a perfect start to the day is Beethoven, the broadsheets and bananas!
John Suchet will have the world's first play of Il Gran Mogol. Conductor Adrian Chandler says it has been worth the wait...
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