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Monday with Ian Skelly - Brahms Intermezzo, dressing well, Sakari Oramo

Ian Skelly with the best in classical music, plus this week's guest, the conductor Sakari Oramo

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music, including an orchestral arrangement of Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales , an overture by Haydn's pupil Marianna Martines, and a gorgeous Ave Maria by Rachmaninov.

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today we start with Brahms' emotive Intermezzo in A Major.

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. John-Henry Clay with advice on how not to dress like a barbarian.

1050 This week Ian’s guest is Sakari Oramo, the Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. He talks about some of the places, people and ideas that have inspired him throughout his life and career.

1130 Slow Moment - time to take a break for a moment's contemplation.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Carl Nielsen

    Dance of the Cockerels (Maskarade)

    Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Michael Schønwandt.
    • DaCapo.
  • Franz Joseph Strauss

    Empfindungen am Meere, Op. 12

    Performer: Tillmann Höfs. Performer: Akiko Nikami.
    • Air.
    • Genuin.
    • 501.
  • 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.
  • Georgs Pelēcis

    Flowering Jasmine

    Performer: Andrei Pushkarev. Performer: Gidon Kremer. Orchestra: Kremerata Baltica. Conductor: Gidon Kremer.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in A major, Op 118 No 2

    Performer: Hélène Grimaud.
    • Brahms: Piano music: Helene Grimaud.
    • Regis.
    • 12.
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar

    Serenade in F major, Op 31 (Finale)

    Orchestra: Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Lindberg.
    • BIS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Zadok the priest, HWV 258

    Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey. Orchestra: The English Concert. Performer: Simon Preston. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Handel: Coronation Anthems: Preston, Pinnock.
    • Archiv Produktion.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Piano Trio No 1 in B flat major, Op 21 (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Gould Piano Trio.
    • Dvorak: Piano Trios: Gould Piano Trio.
    • Champs Hill.
    • 3.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in A major, Op 118 No 2

    Performer: Hélène Grimaud.
    • Brahms: Piano music: Helene Grimaud.
    • Regis.
    • 12.
  • Kurt Atterberg

    A Värmland Rhapsody, Op 36

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Time Traveller: How Not To Dress Like A Barbarian by John-Henry Clay

    Duration: 01:54

  • Charles‐François Gounod

    O Dieu! que de bijoux... Ah! je ris (Faust)

    Singer: Sumi Jo. Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Giuliano Carella.
    • Les bijoux, French arias: Sumi Jo/English Chamber Orchestra/Carella.
    • Erato.
  • Hector Berlioz


    Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Chandos.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Une larme

    Performer: Margaret Fingerhut.
    • Russian Piano Music: Margaret Fingerhut.
    • Chandos.
    • 4.
  • Clara Schumann

    Romance in G minor, Op 22 No 2

    Performer: Hélène Boschi. Performer: Annie Jodry.
    • Clara Schumann Piano Works.
    • 014.
  • Robert Schumann

    Romance in F sharp major, Op. 28 no. 2

    Performer: Alicia de Larrocha.
    • Decca Eloquence.
  • Bernhard Crusell

    Quartet No 3 in D major for clarinet and strings, Op 7 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Kari Kriikku. Performer: Sakari Oramo. Performer: Tuula Riisalo. Performer: Lea Pekkala. Ensemble: Members of Avanti Quartet.
    • Crusell: Complete Clarinet Quartets.
    • Ondine.
    • 12.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Sakari Oramo on The Baltic Sea

    Duration: 04:12

  • Jean Sibelius

    Karelia Suite (Intermezzo)

    Conductor: Sakari Oramo. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
    • Sibelius: Symphony No.5/Karelia Suite etc: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
    • Erato.
    • 4.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Valses nobles et sentimentales arr for orchestra

    Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • Yannick Nezet-Seguin Ravel Rotterdam Phiharmonic Orchestra.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 4.
  • Giovanni Pacoloni

    Passamezzo milanese

    Performer: Jakob Lindberg. Performer: Nigel North. Performer: Paul O’Dette.
    • Three, Four and Twenty Lutes, Lindberg etc..
    • BIS.
    • 13.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in E flat major, Op 33 No 2, 'The Joke' - 1st movement, Allegro moderato cantabile

    Ensemble: Casals Quartet.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Romance in F minor

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Performer: Inon Barnatan.
    • Decca.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Ave Maria (Vespers)

    Choir: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Conductor: Graham Ross.
    • Veni Emmanuel: Music for Advent.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 21.
  • Marianna Martines

    Overture in C major

    Ensemble: La Floridiana. Director: Nicoleta Paraschivescu.
    • Marianna Martines: Il Primo Amore.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1-3.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita No 3 in E major for violin, BWV 1006 (Gigue)

    Performer: Viktoria Mullova.
    • Bach: 6 Sonatas & Partitas.
    • Onyx.
    • 10.
  • Malcolm Williamson

    Tarantella (Sinfonietta)

    Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • Williamson: Orchestral Works, Volume 1.
    • Chandos.
    • 13.


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