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Friday with Ian Skelly - Witch bottles, Jessie Burton, Mozart's Magic Flute overture

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Ian Skelly. Ian's guest is novelist Jessie Burton.

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 novelist Jessie Burton (“The Miniaturist”, “The Muse”) 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

  • Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op 61 (Scherzo)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Chandos.
  • William Byrd

    Vigilate for 5 voices

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Vigilate! Gardiner.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
    • 9.
  • Richard Strauss

    Piano Trio No. 2 in D Major III. Scherzo. Allegro assai

    Performer: Doren Dinglinger. Performer: Alexandre Vay. Performer: Daniel Blumenthal.
    • Strauss: Piano Quartet in C Major, Op. 13, TrV 137 & Piano Trio No. 2 in D Major.
    • CPO.
    • 7.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Petite symphonie for 9 wind instruments in B flat major, 4th mvt; Finale (Allegretto)

    Ensemble: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • Gounod/Bizet: Symphony no.1/L'Arlesienne: St Paul Chamber Orch/Hogwood.
    • Decca.
  • Karl Goldmark

    Scherzo in A Major, Op. 45

    Conductor: Fabrice Bollon. Orchestra: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.
    • Goldmark: Symphonic Poems, Vol. 1.
    • CPO.
    • 5.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    The Magic Flute (Overture)

    Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude and Fugue in F sharp major, Op 87 No 13

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
    • Shostakovich The Preludes & Fugues Alexander Melnikov Piano.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Come in vano mare irato (Il Catone in Utica)

    Performer: Fabio Biondi. Singer: Vivica Genaux. Orchestra: Europa Galante. Director: Fabio Biondi.
    • Pyrotechnics: Vivaldi Arias.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 1.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Song of Destiny, Op 54

    Choir: San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • Decca.
  • Peteris Vasks

    String Quartet No 3

    Ensemble: Miami String Quartet.
    • Vasks - String Quartets.
    • Conifer.
    • 1.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Variations on a theme of Paganini for two pianos

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • Rachmaninov:Suite No.2 /Ravel a Valse/Lutoslawski:/Paganini Variations - Argeric.
    • Philips.
    • 6.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Symphony in G major, Wq 173

    Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
  • Gustav Holst

    Hark! Some wild trumpeter (The Mystic Trumpeter, Op 18)

    Singer: Susan Gritton. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Holst: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Scherzo humoristique, Op 19 No 2 (Six morceaux)

    Performer: Pavel Kolesnikov.
    • Tchaikovsky: The Seasons / Six Pieces.
    • Hyperion.
    • 14.
  • Charlotte Bray

    Agnus Dei (a reflection on Byrd's Agnus Dei from the Mass for 5 voices)

    Choir: ORA. Conductor: Suzi Digby.
  • Aaron Copland

    El salón México

    Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • DECCA.
  • Clara Schumann

    Le ballet des revenants, Op 5 No 4

    Performer: Imogen Cooper.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Hector Berlioz


    Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Chandos.
  • Claude Debussy


    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud.
    • Debussy Sonates & Trio.
    • Erato.
    • 4.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    String Quartet No 14 in A flat major, Op 105 (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Takács Quartet.
    • Dvorak: String Quartets: Takacs Quartet.
    • Decca.
    • 12.
  • Hubert Parry

    I was glad

    Choir: The Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Performer: Roger Judd. Conductor: Christopher Robinson.
  • Alexander von Zemlinsky


    Ensemble: Les Vents Français.
    • French Music for Winds.
    • WARNER.
    • 7.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 7 in A major, Op 92 (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Teldec.


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