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Friday with Ian Skelly - Viking diet, Ruth Padel

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

  • Arthur Benjamin

    Overture to an Italian Comedy

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Myer Fredman.
    • Arthur Benjamin: Overture, Symphony, Dances: RPO, Myer Freman.
    • Lyrita.
  • Franz Biebl

    Ave Maria

    Choir: The Gentlemen of St John’s. Director: Christopher Robinson.
    • Music for Men's Voices.
    • Priory.
    • 5.
  • Max Bruch

    Concerto for Clarinet & Viola in E Minor, Op. 88: III. Allegro molto

    Performer: Dimitri Ashkenazy. Performer: Anton Kholodenko. Orchestra: Royal Baltic Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Mats Liljefors.
    • Weber & Bruch: Works for Clarinet, Viola & Orchestra.
    • Paladino Music.
    • 503.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, BWV 887 (Book 2, The Well-Tempered Clavier)

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier: Angela Hewitt.
    • Hyperion.
    • 11.
  • Franz Schubert

    Rosamunde (Ballet in G major)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Karl Münchinger.
    • Decca.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Symphony No 5 in B flat major, Op 100 (2nd mvt)

    Conductor: Marin Alsop. Orchestra: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.
    • Prokofiev: Symphony no. 5.
    • Naxos.
  • Edward Elgar

    String Quartet in E minor (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Villiers Quartet.
    • Naxos.
  • Edvard Grieg

    March of the Trolls (Lyric Pieces, Book 5)

    Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • Greig Piano Music: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • Regis.
  • Franz Schubert

    Rosamunde (Ballet in G major)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Karl Münchinger.
    • Decca.
  • Francesco Geminiani

    Concerto grosso Op 3 No 3 in E minor

    Orchestra: Concerto Italiano. Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • NAIVE.
  • Gustav Holst

    A Fugal Overture, Op 40 No 1

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Holst: Egdon Heath/Hammersmith etc: LSO/Hickox.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Toccata in D minor, BuxWV 155

    Performer: Christopher Herrick.
    • Buxtehude: The Complete Organ Works - 2, Christopher Herrick, Organ of Nidaros C.
    • Hyperion.
    • 19.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    Bourrée; Waltz (The Merchant of Venice)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vivian Dunn.
    • EMI.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise in C sharp minor, Op 26 No 1

    Performer: Janina Fialkowska.
    • Chopin Recital: Janina Fialkowska.
    • Atma Classique.
    • 1.
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for birds and orch.) Op.61 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • Rautavaara: Angel of Light etc..
    • BIS.
    • 11.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Violin Concerto in G Major, Hob. VIIa:4: I. Allegro moderato

    Performer: Amandine Beyer. Ensemble: Gli Incogniti.
    • Haydn: Concerti per Esterházy.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 107.
  • John Dowland

    The Earl of Essex his Galliard

    Ensemble: The Extempore String Ensemble.
    • Consort Music of the English Reneaissance.
    • Meridian.
    • 011.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Passo a sei (William Tell)

    Orchestra: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Frederick Fennell.
    • Popovers II and Broadway marches.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
    • 9.
  • Philip Glass

    Satyagraha - opera in 3 acts: Act ?; Evening song

    Singer: Douglas Perry. Orchestra: New York City Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Keene.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Carl Nielsen

    En snes danske viser: Underlige aftenlufte! (Strange Evening Breeze)

    Choir: DR VokalEnsemblet. Conductor: Michael Schønwandt.
    • DACAPO.
  • Dame Ethel Smyth

    Serenade in D: 2nd mvt Scherzo

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Odaline de la Martinez.
    • Chandos.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Les sauvages (Suite in G minor, Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin)

    Performer: Mahan Esfahani.
  • Michael Torke


    Conductor: Yoel Levi. Orchestra: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
    • Michael Torke: Three: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
    • Ecstatic Records.
    • 1.


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