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Thursday with Ian Skelly - Dr Christian Jessen, Bach's Air on the G string

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 and featured items

  • Joseph Haydn

    Fantasia in C major, Hob.XVII:4

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • Philips.
  • William Byrd

    Laudibus in sanctis (Cantiones Sacrae Vol 2)

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Ceremony and Devotion: Music for the Tudors.
    • Coro.
    • 2.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

    Conductor: Neville Marriner. Orchestra: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • The Stuttgart Recordings.
    • CapriccioNR.
    • 2.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Scherzo in D major

    Ensemble: Vertavo Quartet.
    • SIMAX.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Orchestral Suite No 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (Air)

    Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Ton Koopman.
    • J.S. Bach, Orchestral Suites, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra / Ton Koopman.
    • RCA.
    • 2.
  • Erik Satie

    Gnossienne No 5

    Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
    • Decca.
  • Arnold Krug

    String Sextet, Op. 68: III. Finale. Allegro

    Ensemble: Linos Ensemble.
    • A. Krug: String Sextet & Piano Quartet.
    • CPO.
    • 3.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Concertino in E flat major, Op 26

    Performer: Sabine Meyer. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • EMI.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in D minor, RV 129, 'Concerto madrigalesco'

    Ensemble: Concerto Italiano. Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • Vivaldi: Concerti per archi: Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • Naive.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Caprice fantastique

    Performer: Gil Shaham. Performer: Jonathan Feldman. Music Arranger: Rózsika Révay.
    • DG.
  • Time Traveller: Dorothy Arzner

    Duration: 02:21

  • Paul Dukas

    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Musicales Actes Sud.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Orchestral Suite No 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (Air)

    Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Ton Koopman.
    • J.S. Bach, Orchestral Suites, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra / Ton Koopman.
    • RCA.
    • 2.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto TWV 51:D8 (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: La Stagione Frankfurt. Performer: Jörg Schultess. Conductor: Michael Schneider.
    • CPO.
    • 22.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Passacaglia from Peter Grimes, Op 33b

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • TELDEC.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Peccantem me quotidie

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Igor Stravinsky


    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin. Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes. Music Arranger: Victor Babin.
    • The Rite of Spring.
    • Hyperion.
    • 20.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Dr. Christian Jessen on Empire style

    Duration: 04:08

  • Étienne Méhul

    Symphony No 1 in G minor (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Rhenish Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Jorge Rotter.
    • Naxos.
  • Max Bruch

    Scottish Fantasy for violin and orchestra, Op 46 (Finale)

    Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Conductor: Rory MacDonald. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
    • Nicola Benedetti - Homecoming.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Louis Couperin

    Passacaille from Suite in G minor

    Performer: Pavel Kolesnikov.
    • Hyperion.
  • Ester Mägi


    Orchestra: Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester. Conductor: Arvo Volmer.
    • Magi: Orchestral Music.
    • Toccata Classics.
    • 5.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Die Mainacht, Op 43 No 2

    Performer: James Baillieu. Singer: Kitty Whately.
  • Hans Pfitzner

    Palestrina; Prelude to Act 3

    Orchestra: German Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • DG.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Blues (Sonata in G major arr for string quartet)

    Music Arranger: Andrew Haveron. Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • Petits-Fours, Favourite Encores: Brodsky Quartet.
    • Chandos.
    • 17.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphony in D minor, 'Youth'

    Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • DECCA.


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