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


Fry - Macbeth - Overture
Tony Rowe & Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Brahms - Symphony No.3 in F major Op.90
Sir Charles Mackerras & Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Brahms - Hungarian Dances 15-21
Ivan Fischer & Budapest Festival Orchestra
Mendelssohn - Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.25
Lucille Chung, Jean-Francois Rivest & Orchestre Symphonique de Laval
Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D major Op.35
Yakov Kreizberg, Russian National Orchestra & Julia Fischer
Dvořák - Symphony No.2 in B-flat major Op.4
Rafael Kubelik & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Berlioz - Waverley - Overture
Charles Dutoit & Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
Gouvy - Fantaisie Symphonique
Jacques Mercier & Deutsche Radio Philharmonie
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18
Jorge Bolet, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal & Charles Dutoit
Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie Op.64
Philippe Jordan & Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris