John Suchet

Weekdays 10am-1pm

John Suchet

Following the Hall of Fame Hour at 9am every morning, the ever-enthusiastic John Suchet offers a further three hours of favourite classics and new discoveries.

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 10.15 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.

This week's highlights


Join John to hear the first track from Classic FM’s Album of the Week from the main man in the pit at the Royal Opera House, Sir Antonio Pappano. Also, because it’s Monday, John asks you to pick from three options in the Classical Kickstarter – perfect start-the-week music. This week, Chariots of Fire was pipped-to-the-post by Tchaikovsky.


Today’s Classic FM Hall of Fame Hour includes a mighty concerto by Tchaikovsky from a new release, featuring a musician who John once witnessed having an unfortunate incident with a moving piano. 


John features a concerto by Mozart, on an instrument the composer was terrified of. All will be explained.


What has Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2 got to do with The Munchkins? John will explain this morning. He’ll also shed light on why a 17-year-old Liszt had a run-in with an unwitting journalist on this day in 1828.


John features a fantastic recording of an epic Sibelius symphony and offers one last chance to hear the excellent Antonio Pappano conducting Rossini on his Album of the Week.


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