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Friday with Ian Skelly - Chilly Gonzales, Ravel's Bolero

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music. Ian Skelly's guest is Chilly Gonzales.

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

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today, one of the most hummable tunes ever - Dvorak's charming Humoresque. Other music highlights this morning include Cesar Franck's thrilling - and chilling - tone poem Le Chasseur Maudit, and the dramatic finale of Shostakovich's Symphony No.12 "The year 1917".

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. Today, Kate Molleson on Ravel's Bolero.

1050 This week's guest is the Grammy-winning pianist, composer and entertainer Chilly Gonzales, who’ll be talking about the people, places and ideas that mean the most to him - today it's tennis player John McEnroe.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Polonaise (A Life for the Tsar)

    Choir: Bolshoi Chorus. Orchestra: Bol'shoi Simfonicheskiy Orkestr. Conductor: Alexander Lazarev.
    • Russian Opera Choruses.
    • Erato.
    • 7.
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel

    Rondo all'ungherese, Op 107 No 6

    Performer: Howard Shelley.
    • Hummel – Piano Works.
    • Chandos.
    • 15.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Contrapunctus V (The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080)

    Ensemble: Delian::Quartet.
    • Cantai.
    • Oehms Classics.
    • 106.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    String Quartet No 12 in F major (American) arr. for wind quintet (4th mvt)

    Music Arranger: David Walter. Ensemble: Ensemble Ouranos.
    • Ligeti, Nielsen & Dvorak: Woodwind Quintets.
    • NoMadMusic.
    • 113.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in C major, RV 558, 'con molti strumenti'

    Ensemble: Europa Galante. Conductor: Fabio Biondi.
    • Vivaldi: Concerti Per Mandolini: Europa Galante.
    • Virgin Veritas.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Humoresque in G flat major, Op 101 No 7

    Music Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. Performer: Anne‐Sophie Mutter. Performer: Ayami Ikeba.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Trio Sonata No 4 in B flat major

    Ensemble: Aura Musicale. Director: Balázs Máté.
    • CHR. W. Gluck The Seven Trio Sonatas Aura Musicale.
    • Hungaroton Classic.
    • 10.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Serenade No 1 in D major, Op 11 (6th mvt)

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • Philips.
  • Dobrinka Tabakova

    Suite in Old Style (4th & 5th mvts)

    Performer: Maxim Rysanov. Performer: Vaiva Eidukaitytė-Storastienė. Orchestra: Lietuvos kamerinis orkestras.
    • String Paths.
    • ECM New Series.
    • 008.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Scherzo No 4 in E major, Op 54

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor.
    • DECCA.
  • Our Classical Century: Kate Molleson on Ravel's Bolero

  • Maurice Ravel

    Boléro arr for piano

    Performer: Rudolph Ganz.
    • Bellaphon.
  • Maurice Ravel


    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Donald Runnicles.
  • Jean Sibelius


    Orchestra: Turun filharmoninen orkesteri. Conductor: Leif Segerstam.
    • Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast, Overture in E, Scene de Ballet and other works.
    • Naxos.
  • Tobias Hume

    The virgins muse (The Lady Arbellaes Favouret)

    Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia.
  • Henryk Wieniawski

    Légende, Op 17

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Performer: Piers Lane. Music Arranger: August Wilhelmj.
    • EMI.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Euryanthe (Overture)

    Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta. Conductor: Jean‐Jacques Kantorow.
    • Weber: Overtures: Tapiola Sinfonietta/Kantorow.
    • BIS.
    • 006.
  • Chilly Gonzales on being inspired by tennis player John McEnroe

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Concerto No 1 in B flat major, K 207 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Vilde Frang. Ensemble: Arcangelo. Conductor: Jonathan Cohen.
    • Warner.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Piangero la sorte mia (Giulio Cesare)

    Singer: Simone Kermes. Ensemble: Lautten Compagney. Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner.
  • Franz Schubert

    Drei Klavierstücke, D 946 (No 3)

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
    • Hyperion.
  • Edward Elgar

    Ave verum corpus, Op 2 No 1

    Conductor: Edward Higginbottom. Choir: Choir of New College Oxford.
    • The Victorian and Edwardian Anthem: Choir of New College Oxford/Higginbottom.
    • CRD.
    • 2.
  • César Franck

    Le chasseur maudit

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Muti.
    • Franck: Symphony in D Minor: Muti.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No 1 in C major, Op 15 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes. Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
    • Sony.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No.12 in D minor The Year 1917 - 3rd and 4th mvt

    Orchestra: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest. Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth.
    • BIS.


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