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Monday with Ian Skelly - Ravel's Alborada del gracioso, Ruth Padel, Superman vs the KKK

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Ian Skelly.
With guest, poet, novelist and author Ruth Padel.

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 Ian’s guest this week is the poet, novelist and author Ruth Padel, who reveals the people, places and ideas that have inspired her throughout her life and career.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita no. 1 in B flat, BWV. 825 - Praeludium

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • Decca.
  • Franz Liszt

    Hungarian Rhapsody No 3 in D major

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Fischer.
    • Philips.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Wind Quintet, Op 43 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: James Galway. Performer: Bjorn Carl Nielsen. Performer: Niels Thomsen. Performer: Jens Tofte-Hansen. Performer: Björn Fosdal.
    • James Galway plays Nielsen.
    • RCA.
    • 4.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Komm, süsser Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh, BWV 478

    Singer: Phillipe Jarrousky. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • NFI.
  • Thomas Arne

    The Morning

    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Ensemble: The Parley of Instruments. Conductor: Roy Goodman.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Alborada del gracioso (Miroirs)

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Stephen Hough's French Album.
    • hyperion.
    • 007.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Tornami a vagheggiar (Alcina)

    Singer: Patricia Petibon. Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Andrea Marcon.
    • Rosso Italian Baroque Arias: Patricia Petibon.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 3.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No 3

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances: Marriner.
    • HMV Classics.
    • 9.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in B flat major, D 935 No 3

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Schubert: Impromptus D 899 & D935: Perahia.
    • Sony.
    • 7.
  • Richard Strauss

    Also Sprach Zarathustra

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Karl Böhm.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • John Williams

    Superman (main title)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
    • Warners.
  • John Sheppard

    Christ rising again

    Choir: Stile Antico.
    • Media vita & other liturgical works.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 5.
  • Germaine Tailleferre

    String Quartet

    Ensemble: Fanny Mendelssohn Quartet.
    • Melomania.
    • Trouba disc.
    • 004.
  • Jacques Ibert


    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
    • RCA Living Stereo.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Quartet in G minor, Op 25 (Rondo alla Zingarese)

    Performer: Isaac Stern. Performer: Jaime Laredo. Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma. Performer: Emanuel Ax.
    • Sony.
  • Georges Bizet

    L'Arlésienne Suite No 2

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Naive.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Quartet movement in B flat major

    Performer: Yuri Yurov. Performer: Mikhail Milman. Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
    • Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos. 1-3, Souvenir De Florence.
    • Teldec.
    • 5.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus (Quartet for the End of Time)

    Performer: Jian Wang. Performer: Myung-Whun Chung.
    • Quatuor pour la fin du temps (feat. violin: Gil Shaham, clarinet: Paul Meyer, ce.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 005.
  • Francisco Tárrega

    Recuerdos de la Alhambra

    Performer: John Williams.
    • Spanish Guitar Music.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 16.
  • Arthur Bliss

    Red (A Colour Symphony)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Chandos.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Aria (Bachiana brasileira No 4)

    Performer: Cristina Ortiz.
    • Villa-Lobos: Piano music: Cristina Ortiz.
    • Decca.
    • 3.


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Time Travellers: the podcast

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The Essential Classics Playlist

The Essential Classics Playlist

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