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Friday with Ian Skelly - A Victorian joke goes viral, Haydn's Lark Quartet, Dr Christian Jessen

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

  • Igor Stravinsky

    Circus Polka

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • Stravinsky: In America: London Symphony Orchestra/Tilson Thomas.
    • RCA.
    • 2.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Impromptu in A flat major, Op 29

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • EMI.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Introduction and Dance of Nymphs (Spartacus Suite No 1)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Karabits.
    • Khachaturian: Spartacus; Gayaneh.
    • Onyx.
    • 1.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Keyboard Concerto in D Major, Wq. 45, H. 478: I. Allegretto

    Performer: Michael Rische. Ensemble: Berlin Baroque Soloists.
    • C.P.E. Bach: Piano Concertos, Vol. 5.
    • haenssler CLASSIC.
    • 1.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No 7 in D minor, Op 70 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Dvorak:Symphony no. 7 Suite in A major,Budapest Festival Orchestra,Ivan Fischer.
    • Channel Classics.
    • 3.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in D major, Op 64 No 5, 'The Lark' (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Danish String Quartet.
    • Haydn: String Quartets: Amadeus Quartet.
    • BR Klassik.
    • 1.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    2 Pieces for piano 6 hands

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov. Performer: Alexandre Tharaud. Performer: Aleksandar Madžar.
    • Tharaud Plays Rachmaninov.
    • Erato.
    • 10-11.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Ave maris stella

    Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Martin Baker.
    • James Macmillan: Tenebrae Responsories: Westminster Cathedral Choir/Baker.
    • Hyperion.
    • 8.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    The Love for Three Oranges Suite

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Philips.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in A major, K 428

    Performer: Christian Zacharias.
    • Domenico Scarlatti: 33 Sonaten.
    • EMI.
    • 3.
  • Time Traveller: A Victorian Joke

    Duration: 01:43

  • Lilian Elkington

    Out of the Mist

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones.
    • Elgar - The Spirit of England etc..
    • Dutton Laboratories.
    • 7.
  • Johan Halvorsen

    Passacaglia after Handel

    Performer: Renaud Capuçon. Performer: Gautier Capuçon.
    • Renaud Capucon - Le violion Roi.
    • Virgin.
    • 3.
  • John Ireland

    A Downland Suite arr Bush (Minuet; Rondo)

    Music Arranger: Geoffrey Bush. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Ireland: A Downland Suite etc..
    • Chandos.
    • 3-4.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No 39 in E flat major, K 543 (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Philips.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Dr. Christian Jessen on playing the oboe

    Duration: 04:09

  • Richard Strauss

    Oboe Concerto in D major (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Nicholas Daniel. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Richard Strauss - Oboe Concerto, Sinfonia No.2 in E flat.
    • Chandos.
    • 3.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker (Pas de deux)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker: Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattle.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 10.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Trio in B flat major, D 471

    Ensemble: Trio Zimmermann.
    • Trio Zimmermann plays Mozart’s Divertimento.
    • BIS.
    • 7.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Variations on a theme of Paganini for two pianos

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • Rachmaninov:Suite No.2 /Ravel a Valse/Lutoslawski:/Paganini Variations - Argeric.
    • Philips.
    • 6.
  • Trad. arr. Linn Andrea Fuglseth

    Gjendine's lullaby

    Ensemble: Trio Mediæval.
    • ECM.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Alcina (Overture)

    Orchestra: Concerto Italiano. Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • Royal Handel.
    • Naive.
    • 3.
  • Arnold Bax


    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Halle.


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