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Monday with Ian Skelly, The First Christmas Tree, Griff Rhys Jones, Wagner's Siegfried Idyll

Spend Christmas Morning with Ian Skelly who bring you the best in classical music,, plus Griff Rhys Jones' cultural inspirations.

Essential Classics on Christmas morning with Ian Skelly who joins the programme today.

0930 Your ideas for potential companion pieces for a well-known piece of music.
1010 Time Traveller - a quirky slice of cultural history. Matthew Sweet on the first Christmas Tree
1050 Griff Rhys Jones on the things that have inspired and influenced him throughout his life and career.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    December: Christmas (The Seasons, Op 37b arr Gauk)

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Chandos.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Tocco la prima sorte a voi (O di Betlemme altera)

    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Orchestra: London Baroque.
    • Christmas Music.
    • BIS.
    • 16.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Suite for viola and small orchestra - Group 1 (Prelude, Carol & Christmas Dance)

    Performer: Lawrence Power. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Vaughan Williams: Suite / Flos Campi.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1-3.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Grande Polonaise in E flat major, Op 22

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor.
    • DECCA.
  • Richard Wagner

    Siegfried Idyll

    Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchesra. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • BIS.
  • Anon.

    Ninna nanna

    Orchestra: L’Arpeggiata. Singer: Philippe Jaroussky. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • Via Crucis; L'Arpeggiata; Christina Pluhar.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 2.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    The Bells, Op 35 (1st mvt, 'The Silver Sleigh Bells')

    Singer: Dmytro Popov. Choir: Rundfunkchor Berlin. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Rachmaninov: The Bells. Symphonic Dances.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 1.
  • Augusta Holmès

    Trois anges sont venus ce soir

    Performer: Sonia Wieder-Atherton. Performer: Aurelie Saraf. Singer: Sandrine Piau.
    • Naive.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    Symphony in E major, 'Irish' (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Sullivan: Symphony in E major 'Irish': BBC Phil/Hickox.
    • Chandos.
  • Edward Elgar

    The Wand of Youth Suite No 2, Op 1b

    Orchestra: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: James Judd.
    • Elgar: Wand of Youth Suites No.1 & 2: New Zealand SO/Judd.
    • Naxos.
    • 8.
  • Peter Maxwell Davies

    Lullabye for Lucy

    Choir: Choir of St Mary's Music School. Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies.
    • Unicorn Kanchana.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Violin Concerto in F major, RV 293, 'Autumn' (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Fabio Biondi. Ensemble: Europa Galante.
    • Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 9.
  • Victor Hely-Hutchinson

    A Carol Symphony

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.
    • A Carol Symphony and other Christmas Orchestral Favourites.
    • Naxos.
    • 6-9.
  • Bernard Trafford

    2017 Breakfast Carol Competition WINNING ENTRY Sir Christemas

    Choir: BBC Singers. Singer: Olivia Robinson. Conductor: David Hill.
    • BBC recording.
  • Peteris Vasks

    White Scenery (Winter) [The Seasons]

    Performer: Alessandro Stella.
    • KHA.
  • John Foulds

    Bells at Coblentz (Holiday Sketches, Op 16)

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Ronald Corp.
    • J Foulds, Keltic Suite: BBC Concert Orchestra/Corp.
    • Epoch.
    • 10.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No 1 in G major, BWV 1007 (Prelude)

    Performer: David Watkin.
    • RESONUS.
  • Gian Carlo Menotti

    Amahl and the Night Visitors (excerpt)

    Singer: Ike Hawkersmith. Singer: Kirsten Gunlogson. Singer: Dean Anthony. Singer: Todd Thomas. Singer: Kevin Short. Singer: Bart LeFan. Choir: Chicago Symphony Chorus. Choir: Nashville Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Alastair Willis.
    • Naxos.


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Time Travellers: the podcast

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