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The music of Mercury

Radio 3's classical breakfast show with Petroc Trelawny devotes its playlist to our solar system’s smallest, swiftest planet and its craters - many of which are named after artists, writers and musicians.


2 hours, 30 minutes


Music Played

  • John Eccles

    Symphony for Mercury (The Judgment of Paris)

    Performer: David Hendrey. Orchestra: Early Opera Company. Conductor: Christian Curnyn.
    • Chandos.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    String sextet in A major, Op 48 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Veronika Hagen. Performer: Gary Hoffman. Ensemble: Jerusalem Quartet.
    • Dvorak: String Quintet, Op. 97 & String Sextet, Op. 48.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 3.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo in D major, K 485

    Performer: Alicia de Larrocha.
    • Decca Eloquence.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten! (Cantata No. 214)

    Choir: The Choir of the Age of Enlightenment. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Director: Gustav Leonhardt.
    • Philips.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet)

    Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet: Valery Gergiev, LSO.
    • LSO Live.
    • 15.
  • George Frideric Handel

    As steals the morn (L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato)

    Singer: Lucy Crowe. Singer: Mark Padmore. Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Andrew Manze.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Turlough O'Carolan

    Planxty Irwin

    Performer: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
    • 26.
  • Josquin des Prez

    Je ne me puis tenir d'aimer

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Queen Mab Scherzo (Romeo and Juliet)

    Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise in A flat major, Op.53 'Heroic'

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
    • CBS.
  • Jean Sibelius

    The Song of the Cross-spider

    Singer: Matti Salminen. Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Storgårds.
    • ONDINE.
  • Claude Debussy

    Minstrels (Preludes, Bk.1)

    Music Arranger: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich. Performer: Alban Gerhardt. Performer: Markus Becker.
    • Rostropovich Encores.
    • Hyperion.
    • 16.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Le Quattro Stagioni: Concerto no. 3 L'Autunno - Autumn Op. 8 No. 3 RV293

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Ensemble: Brecon Baroque.
    • Channel Classics.
    • 7.
  • Charles Ives

    Country Band March

    Orchestra: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra. Conductor: Clark Rundell.
    • Experiments on a March: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra/Rundell.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Vincenzo Galilei

    Contrapunto Secundo di B.M.

    Performer: I Fagiolini. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
    • DECCA.
  • Gustav Holst

    Mercury, the Winged Messenger (The Planets, Op 32)

    Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • London Philharmonic Orchestra - Holst The Planets - Vladimir Jurowski Conductor.
    • LPO.
  • Franz Schubert

    Moments Musicaux in A flat major, D.780, no.6

    Performer: Andrea Lucchesini.
    • AUDITE.
  • Duke Ellington

    It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

    Singer: Ivie Anderson. Orchestra: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra.
    • ASV.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Chiome d'oro, bel tesoro

    Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Conductor: Christina Pluhar.
    • VIRGIN.
  • Henry Purcell

    Abdelazar (Overture)

    Orchestra: Parley of Instruments. Conductor: Peter Holman.
    • Purcell: Ayres for the Theatre: Parley of Instruments, Holman.
    • Helios.
    • 1.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Romance No 2 in F major, Op 50

    Performer: Gil Shaham. Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Percy Grainger

    Scotch Strathspey and Reel

    Performer: Penelope Thwaites.
    • Chandos.
  • Judith Weir

    Airs From Another Planet:Strathspey & reel; Trad.air; Jig; Bagpipe air w/ drones

    Ensemble: Lontano. Conductor: Odaline de la Martinez.
    • British Women Composers Vol. 2.
    • LORELT.
    • 5-8.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Song without Words in A minor, Op 19 No 2

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Mendelssohn: Lieder Ohne Worte: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 2.
  • Delia Derbyshire


    Performer: Delia Derbyshire.
    • The Tomorrow People.
    • 12.
  • Justin Hurwitz

    Planetarium (La La Land)

    Performer: Justin Hurwitz. Performer: Benj Pasek. Performer: Justin Paul.
  • Gustav Holst

    Mercury, The Winged Messenger (The Planets)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
    • London Philharmonic Orchestra - Holst The Planets - Vladimir Jurowski Conductor.
    • LPO.


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