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Wednesday with Ian Skelly - Sakari Oramo, Elizabethan scandal, Gianni Schicchi

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

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

0915 New releases, featuring music by Korngold and Gottschalk.

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today's starter is Lauretta's famous aria O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi. Other music in today's programme includes Brahms' Song of Destiny, Peter Warlock's Serenade - a birthday gift to Frederick Delius, and a rarely heard concerto for two pianos by the American composer Harl McDonald.

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. Nandini Das examines a scandal from the Court of Elizabeth I.

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 with music by Hildegard of Bingen.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Happiness (Waltz Suite)

    Orchestra: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 - Waltz Suite.
    • Naxos.
    • 9.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet in E major, D 353 (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Allegri String Quartet.
    • Schubert: String quartets D887 & D.353.
    • DECCA.
    • 8.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Greeting, Op 63 No 3

    Performer: Eugene Asti. Singer: Sophie Daneman. Singer: Nathan Berg.
    • Mendelssohn, Songs and Duets.
    • Hyperion.
    • 11.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Baiba Skride. Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
    • American Concertos.
    • Orfeo.
    • 8.
  • Louis Moreau Gottschalk

    El Cocoye, Op 80

    Performer: Antonio Iturrioz.
    • Gottschalk & Cuba.
    • Steinway and Sons.
    • 12.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Twelve Variations on 'Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen', Op 66

    Performer: Daniel Müller‐Schott. Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Beethoven: Cello Sonata etc: Muller-Schott/Hewitt.
    • Hyperion.
    • 6.
  • Harl McDonald

    Concerto for 2 pianos (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Long Duo. Orchestra: Eskisehir Greater Municipality Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Patrick Souillot.
    • Long Duo - Concertos for 2 pianos.
    • Sono Luminus.
    • 006.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Song of Destiny

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Brahms: Symphony no. 1: Gardiner.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
  • Time Traveller: Dr. Lopez by Nandini Das

    Duration: 02:38

  • Anon.

    Danza de las espadas (Sabre Dance)

    Performer: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
    • Oriet - Occident 1200-1700.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 12.
  • Gaspar Fernandes

    Tleycantimo choquiliya

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Choir: La Capella Reial de de Catalunya. Conductor: Jordi Savall.
    • Ludi Musici: The Spirit of Dance 1450 - 1650.
    • Alia Vox.
  • Peter Warlock


    Orchestra: Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.
    • British String Miniatures.
    • White Line.
    • 006.
  • Padre Antonio Soler

    Sonata No 84 in D major

    Performer: Scott Ross.
    • Padre Soler - Fandango/Sonates.
    • Erato.
    • 009.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Senza mamma (Suor Angelica)

    Singer: Renée Fleming. Orchestra: Coro Sinfonica di Milano Guiseppe Verdi. Conductor: Marco Armiliato.
    • Renee Fleming; Verisimo; Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Guiseppe Verdi / Marco Ar.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Umberto Giordano

    Amor ti vieta (Fedora)

    Singer: Jonas Kaufmann. Choir: Santa Cecilia Chorus. Orchestra: Santa Cecilia Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • Verismo Arias: Jonas Kaufmann, Antonio Pappano.
    • Decca.
    • 11.
  • Aaron Copland

    Letter from Home

    Orchestra: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Four Dances from Rodeo.
    • Naxos.
    • 006.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Sakari Oramo on his love of Tuscany

    Duration: 03:10

  • Ottorino Respighi

    The Fountain of Valle Giulia at Dawn (Fountains of Rome)

    Orchestra: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • Respighi - Concerto in Modo Misolidio / Fontane di Roma.
    • Ondine.
    • 004.
  • Louis Spohr

    Nonet in F major, Op 31 (Finale)

    Ensemble: Ensemble 360.
    • Spohr: Septet and Nonet: Ensemble 360.
    • ASV.
    • 4.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, K 216 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Viktoria Mullova. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Director: Viktoria Mullova.
    • Mozart: Violin Concertos: Viktoria Mullova.
    • Philips.
    • 1.
  • Jonathan Dove

    An Airmail Letter From Mozart

    Performer: Melvyn Tan. Ensemble: London Mozart Players.
    • Signum Classics : SIGCD452.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 1.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Gade, Op 57 No 2

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • Grieg: Lyric Pieces: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • 011.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Karitas habundat - Antiphon

    Singer: Arianna Savall. Ensemble: Hirundo Maris.
    • Vox Cosmica.
    • Carpe Diem.
    • 002.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Bacchanale (Samson et Dalila)

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Saint-Saens: Orchestral Works: Neeme Jarvi.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 1.
  • Frank Bridge

    When You Are Old and Grey

    Performer: James Baillieu. Singer: Kitty Whately.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Let thy hand be strengthened, HWV 259

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Coro.


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