Cooking to the Classics

Cooking a dinner becomes a magnificent performance when you put on the channel of classical music from the romantic era.

Curated by

John-Paul McVea

John-Paul de Lachrimae, a.k.a. John-Paul McVea, programs channels of classical music. During his life he hopes to absorb and pass on knowledge that came from before. Did you know that Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the Well-Tempered Clavier intending for it to be a manual of keyboard instruction? The objective was to train church organists. Lachrimae is fortunate to live in Montreal where there are such beautiful church organs, and a personal goal is to rattle some stained glass windows with his own fingertips.  The viola and the dulcimer round out his musical trifecta. Lachrimae has one book and one pop song to his name. He has been to Ephesus, the city of Troy, and the Church of St. Nicholas at Demre, and has seen an olive tree, a Joshua tree, a palm tree, and a cypress tree. This was before he learned to travel light. The future includes a pilgrimage in Spain, a stint in Portland, Oregon, and a great migration to see penguins in Chile, if by that time there are any left. His favourite folk song includes the line, “One bright morning, when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away.”


Antonín Dvořák
Johannes Brahms
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Charles Dutoit
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Felix Mendelssohn
Robert Schumann
Neeme Järvi
Claude Debussy


Tchaikovsky - Pezzo capriccioso Op.62
Stéphane Tétrault, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec & Fabien Gabel
Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No.1 in D major Op.19
Julia Fischer, Russian National Orchestra & Yakov Kreizberg
Mahler - Symphony No.2 in C minor 'Resurrection'
Bernard Haitink & Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Debussy - Images pour orchestre - Rondes de printemps
Esa-Pekka Salonen & Los Angeles Philharmonic
Bartók - The Miraculous Mandarin Suite
Valery Gergiev & Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Debussy - Marche Ecossaise sur un theme populaire
Jun Markl & Orchestre National de Lyon
Chopin - Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11
Neeme Järvi, The Philharmonia & Louis Lortie
Nielsen - Symphony No.1 in G minor Op.7A
Herbert Blomstedt & San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Saint-Saëns - Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor Op.28
Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra & Isaac Stern
Nielsen - Little suite Op.1
New Stockholm Chamber Orchestra & Esa-Pekka Salonen