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Wednesday with Ian Skelly - Ornamental Hermits, Dr Christian Jessen, Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique

Ian Skelly with the best in classical music. Plus doctor, television presenter and writer Dr Christian Jessen talks about his cultural inspirations.

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.
0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist.
1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history
1050 Each day this week doctor, television presenter, writer, opera lover and oboist Dr Christian Jessen talks about the cultural influences that have inspired and shaped his life and career.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Song without Words in E major, Op 19 No 1

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Mendelssohn: Lieder Ohne Worte: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 1.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Violin Concerto in D minor (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Julia Fischer. Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg.
    • PentaTone classics.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230

    Ensemble: La Festa Musicale. Choir: Kammerchor Hannover. Conductor: Stephan Doormann.
    • Bach & Sandström: Choral Sacred Works, Vol. 2.
    • Rondeau.
    • 501.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Clarinet Sonata in F minor Op.120 No.1, 2nd mvt; Andante un poco adagio

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • Brahms/Weber: Music For Clarinet And Piano Michael Collins/ Mikhail Pletnev.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 2.
  • Jean‐Féry Rebel

    Les élémens arr Palladian Ensemble (Tambourins 1 and 2)

    Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble.
    • The Sun King's Paradise/Les Elemens: Palladian Ensemble.
    • Linn.
    • 6.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie Fantastique - Marche au supplice

    Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Daniel Harding.
    • Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique - Daniel Harding.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 13.
  • Hubert Parry

    Songs of Farewell: IV. There is an old belief

    Conductor: Nigel Short. Choir: Tenebrae.
    • Songs of Farewell.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 504.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Concerto No 4 in E flat major, K 495

    Performer: David Jolley. Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Mozart: Horn Concertos nos. 1-4: Jolley/Purvis/Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Leos Janáček

    On an Overgrown Path, Book 1 (In tears)

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Schumann - Kinderszenen & Waldszenen; Janacek - On the overgrown path I..
    • 9.
  • Leos Janáček

    On an Overgrown Path, Book 1 (The barn owl has not flown away)

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Schumann - Kinderszenen & Waldszenen; Janacek - On the overgrown path I..
    • 10.
  • Time Traveller: Ornamental Hermits by Alun Withey

  • Samuel Barber

    The monk and his cat (Hermit Songs)

    Singer: Cheryl Studer. Performer: John Browning.
    • Samuel Barber: Complete Songs: Cheryl Studer, Thomas Hampson, John Browning.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 16.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No 5 in B flat major, D 485 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Schubert: 8 Symphonies: Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 8.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Grande messe des morts, Op. 5, "Requiem": Dies irae

    Choir: Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir. Orchestra: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh. Ensemble: Chetham's School of Music Symphonic Brass Ensemble. Orchestra: Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Berlioz: Grande messe des morts (1837).
    • Signum Classics.
    • 2.
  • Miles Davis


    Performer: Miles Davis.
  • Dr Christian Jessen on his love of opera

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Santo di patria (Attila)

    Singer: Joan Sutherland. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
    • Grandi Voci - Joan Sutherland.
    • Decca.
    • 003.
  • Nico Muhly

    Quiet Music

    Performer: Lavinia Meijer.
    • Sony.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 3 in E flat major, Op 55, 'Eroica' (1st mvt)

    Conductor: Osmo Vänskä. Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra.
    • Beethoven: The Symphonies: Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska.
    • BIS.
    • 1.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Concertino for flute and piano, Op 107

    Performer: Peter-Lukas Graf. Performer: Michio Kobayashi.
    • Chaminade, Enesco, Gaubert: Joueurs de flute: Peter-Lukas Graf, Michio Kobayashi.
    • CLAVES.
    • 1.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Romance for strings, Op 11

    Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Variazioni a più strumenti obbligati

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
  • Henry Purcell

    Dido and Aeneas (conclusion)

    Singer: Dame Sarah Connolly. Choir: The Choir of the Age of Enlightenment. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Director: Elizabeth Kenny. Director: Steven Devine.
    • CHANDOS.


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