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Tuesday with Ian Skelly - Esenvalds's Stars, Composers lost to World War 1, Lenny Henry

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Ian Skelly with guest Lenny Henry.

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

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist.

1010 Our Classical Century - the first of 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. Today, Kate Romano looks at some of the great composers and poets killed in WW1 and explores some of the stories that thus will never be told

1050 As the BBC launches Our Classical Century our guest this week is Lenny Henry, who talks about his music discoveries and the cultural icons that inspire him.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Polonaise (Eugene Onegin)

    Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.
    • Philips.
  • Anthony Holborne

    Muy Linda

    Ensemble: Barokksolistene. Director: Bjarte Eike.
    • BIS.
  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

    Sonata for Violin & Cello, Op. 148: II. Cavatina. Andante

    Performer: Davide Alogna. Performer: Roberto Trainini.
    • Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Violin Concerto No. 3.
    • Naxos.
    • 302.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    I. Allegro (Clarinet Concerto in A major)

    Performer: Maximiliano Martín. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Alexander Janiczek.
    • LINN.
  • Eriks Esenvalds


    Choir: VOCES8.
    • Lux.
    • Decca.
    • 7.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 22 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol. 2.
    • Chandos.
    • 4.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Variazioni a più strumenti obbligati

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    A Musical Offering, BWV 1079 (Ricercar a 6 orch Webern)

    Music Arranger: Anton Webern. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • Boulez conducts Webern: Berliner Philharmoniker.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 13.
  • Eriks Esenvalds


    Choir: VOCES8.
    • Lux.
    • Decca.
    • 7.
  • Johan Halvorsen

    Entry March of the Boyars

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • DG.
  • Anton Stepanovich Arensky

    Nos 1 and 2 from Six Caprices, Op 43

    Performer: Martin Cousin.
    • Glazunov Sonatas 1 & 2, Liadov Variations etc..
    • SOMM.
    • 18-19.
  • Cecil Coles

    Behind the Lines

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Helios.
  • George Butterworth

    The Banks of Green Willow

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Krišs Russman.
    • Bis.
  • Manuel Ponce


    Performer: Andrés Segovia.
    • Icon: Andrés Segovia.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 213.
  • Benjamin Godard

    Suite de trois morceaux, Op 116 (No 3, 'Valse')

    Performer: Jeffrey Khaner. Performer: Hugh Sung.
    • The Romantic Flute: Jeffrey Khaner.
    • Avie.
    • 7.
  • Ola Gjeilo

    Northern Lights (Pulchra es, amica mea)

    Choir: Phoenix Chorale. Conductor: Charles Bruffy.
    • Ola Gjeilo: Northern Lights: Phoenix Chorale/Bruffy.
    • Chandos.
    • 4.
  • Marco Uccellini

    Aria sopra La Bergamasca, Op 3 No 5

    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico. Director: Giovanni Antonini.
    • Artist Portrait: Il Giardino Armonico.
    • Warner.
  • Claude Debussy

    Suite bergamasque (Passepied)

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Debussy: Solo Piano Music: Angela Hewitt.
    • Hyperion.
  • Stevie Wonder

    Village Ghetto Land

    • Songs in the Key of Life.
    • Tamla Motown.
    • 3.
  • Stevie Wonder


    • Songs in the Key of Life.
    • Tamla Motown.
    • 4.
  • Stevie Wonder

    Sir Duke

    • Songs in the Key of Life.
    • Tamla Motown.
    • 5.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Capriccio italien, Op 45

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
    • Classic FM.
  • Pau Casals


    Performer: Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Performer: Guy Johnston. Ensemble: CBSO Cellos.
    • DECCA.
  • Pietro Baldassare

    Sonata in F major for cornett, strings and continuo

    Performer: Håkan Hardenberger. Ensemble: I Musici.
    • Baroque Trumpet Concertos: Hakan Hardenberger/I Musici.
    • Philips.
    • 27-29.
  • Scott Joplin

    Magnetic Rag

    Performer: Joshua Rifkin.
    • Scott Joplin: Piano Rags: Joshua Rifkin.
    • Elektra Nonesuch.
  • Herbert Howells

    Dance for violin and orchestra, Op 7 No 2

    Performer: Malcolm Stewart. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • Herbert Howells: Piano concerto no.2, Concerto for strings, Three Dances.
    • Hyperion.
    • 005.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Trio in E major, H.15.28 (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: The Florestan Trio.
  • Maurice Duruflé

    Requiem (In Paradisum)

    Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Conductor: James OʼDonnell.
    • Hyperion.
  • Franz Liszt

    Reitermarsch, from 4 Marches by Franz Schubert, S.363

    Conductor: Martin Haselböck. Orchestra: Wiener Akademie.
    • Liszt: The Sound of Weimar – Die Orchesterwerke im Originalklang.
    • Gramola Records.


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