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Essential Classics brings you outstanding pieces of music in great recordings as chosen by Sarah Walker and Rob Cowan. We add them here each week for your listening pleasure. More from Essential Classics on Radio 3, weekdays at 9am.

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  • Serenade for Strings in C, Op.48: 1. Pezzo in Forma di Sonatina: Andante Non Troppo - Allegro Moderato Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati)
  • Serenade for Strings in C, Op.48: 2. Walzer: Moderato (Tempo di Valse) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati)
  • Serenade for Strings in C, Op.48: 3. Elégie: Larghetto Elegiaco Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati)
  • Serenade for Strings in C, Op.48: 4. Finale (Tema Russo): Andante - Allegro Con Spirito Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati)
  • Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, L. 137: 1. Pastorale Claude Debussy (Melos Ensemble)
  • Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, L. 137: 2. Interlude Claude Debussy (Melos Ensemble)
  • Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp, L. 137: 3. Finale Claude Debussy (Melos Ensemble)
  • Piano Sonata: I. Lento Ma Non Troppo - Andante Ben Moderato - Allegro Energico Frank Bridge (Ashley Wass - piano)
  • Piano Sonata: II. Andante Ben Moderato Frank Bridge (Ashley Wass - piano)
  • Piano Sonata: III. Lento - Allegro Ma Non Troppo Frank Bridge (Ashley Wass - piano)
  • Piano Quartet in A Minor: Poco adagio e Espressivo Arthur Bliss (Maggini Quartet, Peter Donohoe)
  • Piano Quartet in A Minor: Intermezzo: Tempo di Mazurka Arthur Bliss (Maggini Quartet, Peter Donohoe)
  • Piano Quartet in A Minor: Allegro Furioso Arthur Bliss (Maggini Quartet, Peter Donohoe)
  • Alpensymphonie, Op.64: Durch Dickicht und Gestrüpp auf Irrwegen Richard Strauss (Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan)
  • Alpensymphonie, Op.64: Die Sonne Verdüstert Sich Allmählich Richard Strauss (Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan)
  • Alpensymphonie, Op.64: Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg Richard Strauss (Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan)
  • Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.2: 1. Laura Soave: Balletto Con Gagliarda, Saltarello e Canario Ottorino Respighi (Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati)
  • Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.2: 2. Danza Rustica Ottorino Respighi (Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati)
  • Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.2: 3. Campanae Parisienses - Aria Ottorino Respighi (Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati)
  • Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.2: 4. Bergamasca Ottorino Respighi (Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati)
  • Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39, I. Preludio (Pastorale). Allegro Moderato Antonin Dvorak (Czech Suite, Op.39 Prague Philharmonia conducted by Jakub Hrusa)
  • Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39, II. Polka. Allegretto Grazioso. Trio. Poco Più Mosso Antonin Dvorak (Czech Suite, Op.39 Prague Philharmonia conducted by Jakub Hrusa)
  • Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39, III. Sousedská (Minuetto). Allegro Giusto Antonin Dvorak (Czech Suite, Op.39 Prague Philharmonia conducted by Jakub Hrusa)
  • Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39, IV. Romanza. Andante Con Moto Antonin Dvorak (Czech Suite, Op.39 Prague Philharmonia conducted by Jakub Hrusa)
  • Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39, V. Finale (Furiant). Presto Antonin Dvorak (Czech Suite, Op.39 Prague Philharmonia conducted by Jakub Hrusa)
  • Suite No.3 in D, BWV 1068: 3. Gavotte I-II Johann Sebastian Bach (Music Antiqua, Köln Reinhard Goebel)
  • Petrouchka - Scene 1: Part 1 - Shrovetide Fair - Danse Russe Igor Stravinsky (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Hans Rosbaud)
  • Petrouchka - Scene 3: Part 3 - The Blackamoor - Valse Igor Stravinsky (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Hans Rosbaud)
  • Petrouchka - Scene 4: Part 4 - Shrovetide Fair - The Death of Petrushka Igor Stravinsky (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Hans Rosbaud)
  • Goyescas: No.5 Balada, El Amor Y La Muerte Nikita Magaloff (Nikita Magaloff - piano)
  • Goyescas: No.6 Epilogo, La Serenata Del Espectro Nikita Magaloff (Nikita Magaloff - piano)
  • Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien - Fragments Symphoniques: 1. La Cour Des Lys Claude Debussy (London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Monteux)
  • Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien - Fragments Symphoniques: 2. Danse Extatique et Final du 1er Acte Claude Debussy (London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Monteux)
  • Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien - Fragments Symphoniques: 4. La Passion Claude Debussy (London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Monteux)
  • Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien - Fragments Symphoniques: 5. Le Bon Pasteur Claude Debussy (London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Monteux)
  • String Quartet in D, Op.76, No.5: 1. Allegretto Franz Joseph Haydn (Amadeus Quartet)
  • String Quartet in D, Op.76, No.5: 2. Largo Franz Joseph Haydn (Amadeus Quartet)
  • String Quartet in D, Op.76, No.5: 3. Menuet Franz Joseph Haydn (Amadeus Quartet)
  • String Quartet in D, Op.76, No.5: 4.Finale Franz Joseph Haydn (Amadeus Quartet)
  • Piano Sonata No.29 in B-Flat Major, Op.106 Große Sonate für Das Hammerklavier: I. Allegro Ludwig Van Beethoven (John Ogdon)
  • Piano Sonata No.29 in B-Flat Major, Op.106 Große Sonate Für Das Hammerklavier: II. Scherzo, Assai Vivace Ludwig Van Beethoven (John Ogdon)
  • Piano Sonata No.29 in B-Flat Major, Op.106 Große Sonate Für Das Hammerklavier: III.Adagio Sostenuto Ludwig Van Beethoven (John Ogdon)
  • Piano Sonata No.29 in B-Flat Major, Op.106 Große Sonate Für Das Hammerklavier: IV. Largo, Allegro Ludwig Van Beethoven (John Ogdon)
  • Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: I. Allegretto Jean Sibelius (Lahti Symphony Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä)
  • Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: II. Tempo Andante, Ma Rubato Jean Sibelius (Lahti Symphony Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä)
  • Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43: III. Vivacissimo - Attacca Jean Sibelius (Lahti Symphony Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä)
  • Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op. 43: IV. Finale: Allegro Moderato Jean Sibelius (Lahti Symphony Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä)
  • Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 Little Russian: 1. Andante Sostenuto Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati)
  • Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 Little Russian: 2. Andantino Marziale Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati)
  • Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 Little Russian: 3. Scherzo Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati)
  • Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 Little Russian Finale Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati)
  • Symphony No.2 in E Flat Major Op.63 : I Allegro Vivace e Nobilmente Edward William Elgar (BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Davis)
  • Symphony No.2 in E Flat Major Op.63 : II Larghetto Edward William Elgar (BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Davis)
  • Symphony No.2 in E Flat Major Op.63 : III Rondo - Presto Edward William Elgar (BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Davis)
  • Symphony No.2 in E Flat Major Op.63 : IV Moderato e Maestoso Edward William Elgar (BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Davis)
  • Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73: 2. Adagio Non Troppo - L'istesso Tempo Ma Grazioso Johannes Brahms (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch)
  • Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73: 3. Allegretto Grazioso (Quasi andantino) Presto Ma Non Assai Johannes Brahms (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch)
  • Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74: I. Adagio - Allegro Non Troppo Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky)
  • Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74: II. Allegro Con Grazia Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky)
  • Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74: III. Allegro Molto Vivace Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky)
  • Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74: IV. Adagio Lamentoso Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky)
  • Symphony No.1 In D: 3. Feierlich Und Gemessen, Ohne Zu Schleppen Gustav Mahler (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Claudio Abbado)
  • Piano Trio No.1 in B, Op.8: 1. Allegro Con Brio Johannes Brahms (Beaux Arts Trio)
  • Piano Trio No.1 in B, Op.8: 2. Scherzo (Allegro Molto) Johannes Brahms (Beaux Arts Trio)
  • Piano Trio No.1 in B, Op.8: 3. Adagio Johannes Brahms (Beaux Arts Trio)
  • Piano Trio No.1 in B, Op.8: 4. Allegro Johannes Brahms (Beaux Arts Trio)
  • Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: I. Allegro Molto Moderato Sibelius (London Symphony Orchestra)
  • Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: II. Allegro Moderato Sibelius (London Symphony Orchestra)
  • Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: III. Poco Vivace Sibelius (London Symphony Orchestra)
  • Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104: IV. Allegro Molto Sibelius (London Symphony Orchestra)
  • Klavierquartett in C-Moll Op. 13: I. Allegro Strauss (Fauré Quartett)
  • Klavierquartett in C-Moll Op. 13: II. Scherzo Strauss (Fauré Quartett)
  • Fauré Quartett – Klavierquartett in C-Moll Op. 13: III. Andante Strauss (Fauré Quartett)
  • Klavierquartett in C-Moll Op. 13: IV. Finale - Vivace Strauss (Fauré Quartett)
  • Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, Wq. 17, H. 420: I. Allegro Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (Leipzig Chamber Orchestra)
  • Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, Wq. 17, H. 420: II. Un poco adagio Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (Leipzig Chamber Orchestra)
  • Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, Wq. 17, H. 420: III. Allegro Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (Leipzig Chamber Orchestra)
  • Piano Concerto No. 4 in C Minor Op.44: II. Allegro Vivace, Andante, llegro Camille Saint-Saens (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Philippe-Collard (piano) conducted by Andre Previn)
  • Concerto No.1 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op.15: III. Rondo Allegro Scherzando Johannes Brahms (Cleveland Orchestra, Leon Fleisher (piano) conducted by George Szell)
  • Concerto No. 1 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra Op.15: II. Largo Johannes Brahms (Cleveland Orchestra, Leon Fleisher (piano) conducted by George Szell)
  • Concerto No.1 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra Op.15: I.Allegro Con Brio Johannes Brahms (Cleveland Orchestra, Leon Fleisher (piano) conducted by George Szell)
  • Piano Concerto No.1 in F Sharp Minor Op.1: 3. Allegro Vivace Sergei Rachmaninoff (Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kiril Kondrashin)
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.1 in F Sharp Minor Op.1: 2. Andante Sergei Rachmaninoff (Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kiril Kondrashin)
  • Liebster Gott - Wenn Werd Ich Sterben, BWV 8: Liebster Gott, Wenn Werd Ich Sterben? Johann Sebastian Bach (Katherine Fuge, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardener)
  • Liebster Gott - Wenn Werd ich Sterben, BWV 8: Aria: Was Willst Du Dich, Mein Geist, entsetzen Johann Sebastian Bach (Katherine Fuge, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardener)
  • Liebster Gott - Wenn Werd ich Sterben, BWV 8: Accompanied Recitative: Zwar Fuhlt Mein Schwaches Herz Johann Sebastian Bach (Katherine Fuge, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardener)
  • Liebster Gott - Wenn Werd ich Sterben, BWV 8: Aria: Doch Weichet, Ihr Tollen, vergeblichen Sorgen! Johann Sebastian Bach (Katherine Fuge, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardener)
  • Liebster Gott -Wenn Werd ich Sterben, BWV 8: Recitative: Behalte Nur, O Welt, Das Meine! Johann Sebastian Bach (Katherine Fuge, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardener)
  • Liebster Gott, Wenn Werd Ich Sterben, BWV 8: Chorale: Herrscher Uber Tod Und Leben Johann Sebastian Bach (Katherine Fuge, The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardener)
  • Cinderella Op.87: 20. Dance of the Courtiers Sergei Prokofiev (Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev)
  • Cinderella Op.87: 25. Court Dance (Repeat) Sergei Prokofiev (Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev)
  • Cinderella Op.87: 26. Mazurka and Entrance of the Prince Sergei Prokofiev (Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev)
  • Cinderella Op.87: 27. Dance of the Four Companions of the Prince Sergei Prokofiev (Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev)
  • Cinderella Op.87: 29. Cinderella's Arrival at the Ball Sergei Prokofiev (Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev)
  • Cinderella Op.87: 34. Refreshments for the Guests Sergei Prokofiev (Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev)
  • Cinderella Op.87: 35. Duet of the Sisters with the Oranges Sergei Prokofiev (Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev)
  • Cinderella Op.87: 36. Duet of the Prince and Cinderella Sergei Prokofiev (Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev)
  • Gaspard De La Nuit, M.55: Ondine Maurice Ravel (Martha Argerich)
  • Gaspard De La Nuit: Le Gibet Maurice Ravel (Martha Argerich)
  • Gaspard de la nuit: Scarbo Maurice Ravel (Martha Argerich)
  • Pelléas et Mélisande - Incidental Music To Maeterlinck's Play, Op.46, 1. At The Castle Gate Jean Sibelius (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan)
  • Pelléas et Mélisande - Incidental Music To Maeterlinck's Play, Op.46, 2. Mélisande Jean Sibelius (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan)
  • Pelléas et Mélisande - Incidental Music To Maeterlinck's Play, Op.46, 3. At The Seashore Jean Sibelius (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan)
  • Pelléas et Mélisande - Incidental Music To Maeterlinck's Play, Op.46, 4. A Spring in the Park Jean Sibelius (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan)
  • Pelléas et Mélisande - Incidental Music To Maeterlinck's Play, Op.46, 5. The Three Blind Sisters Jean Sibelius (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan)
  • Pelléas et Mélisande - Incidental Music To Maeterlinck's Play, Op.46, 6. Pastorale Jean Sibelius (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan)
  • Pelléas et Mélisande - Incidental Music To Maeterlinck's Play, Op.46, 7. Mélisande At The Spinning Wheel Jean Sibelius (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan)
  • Pelléas et Mélisande - Incidental Music To Maeterlinck's Play, Op.46, 8. Intermezzo Jean Sibelius (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan)
  • Pelléas et Mélisande - Incidental Music To Maeterlinck's Play, Op.46, 9. The Death Of Mélisande Jean Sibelius (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan)