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
Claude Debussy
Neeme Järvi


Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet Op.64 - The Ball
Charles Dutoit & Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
Dvořák - Slavonic Dances Op.72 No.8
George Szell & Cleveland Orchestra
Respighi - Rossiniana P.148
Salvatore Di Vittorio, Chamber Orchestra of New York & Laura Marzadori
Svendsen - Polonaise No.2 in D major Op.28
Thomas Dausgaard & Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Dvořák - The Wild Dove Op.110
Libor Pesek & Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Saraste - Zigeunerweisen Op.20
Moshe Hammer, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra & Kazuhiro Koizumi
Saint-Saëns - Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor Op.61
Kent Nagano, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal & Andrew Wan
Gounod - Ballet Music from Faust
David Parry & Philharmonia Orchestra
Mendelssohn - Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor Op.40
Jean-Francois Rivest & Orchestre Symphonique de Laval
Mehul - La chasse du jeune Henri
Kurt Redel & Munchener Rundfunk Orchester