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Wednesday with Ian Skelly - Dan Snow, Ravel's Mother Goose, Berg's Violin Concerto

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Ian Skelly. His guest is historian Dan Snow.

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 - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century.

1050 The historian, writer and presenter Dan Snow talks about the books, music, art and places that inspire him.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Alexander Glazunov

    Alla spagnuola (5 Novelettes for string quartet, Op 15)

    Ensemble: Lyric Quartet.
    • Glazunov: Five Novelettes Op. 15, Quintet No. 5 Op. 70: Lyric Quartet.
    • Meridian.
  • Gustav Holst

    Walt Whitman Overture, Op 7

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Holst: Cotswolds Symphony.
    • Naxos.
  • Béla Bartók

    Hungarian Folktunes, Sz. 42: I. Parlando

    Performer: Stephen Waarts. Performer: Gabriele Carcano.
    • Bartok & Schumann.
    • Rubicon Classics.
    • 107.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No.1, 'Winter Daydreams': III. Scherzo 

    Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • DG.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Les entretiens de la belle at de la bête (Mother Goose Suite)

    Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • EMI.
  • Robert Schumann

    Six Studies in Canon Form Op. 56: 1,2 & 3

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Daniel Barenboim. Music Arranger: Claude Debussy.
    • Live from Buenos Aires - Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 1-3.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No 38 in D major, K 504, 'Prague' (3rd mvt)

    Conductor: Charles Mackerras. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphonies 38 - 41 Scottish Chamber Orchestra Sir Charle.
    • Linn.
    • 3.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen, BWV 49: I. Sinfonia

    Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin. Conductor: Raphael Alpermann.
    • Bach: Dialogkantaten, BWV 32, 49 & 57.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 115.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Les entretiens de la belle at de la bête (Mother Goose Suite)

    Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • EMI.
  • William Byrd

    Rorate coeli for 5 voices

    Ensemble: Stile Antico.
    • Puer Natus Est, Tudor Music For Advent and Christmas: Stile Antico.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 3.
  • Alban Berg

    Concerto for violin and orchestra (2nd movement)

    Performer: Alina Pogostkina. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Alban Berg

    Seven Early Songs: The Nightingale

    Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Albert Roussel

    Divertissement, Op.6

    Ensemble: Les Vents Français.
    • WARNER.
  • Traditional Danish

    Ribers No. 8

    Music Arranger: Danish String Quartet. Ensemble: Danish String Quartet.
    • Wood Works.
    • Dacapo.
    • 5.
  • Leos Janáček


    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Olli Mustonen.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Streams of pleasure (Theodora)

    Singer: Dame Sarah Connolly. Singer: Rosemary Joshua. Orchestra: The English Concert. Director: Harry Bicket.
    • Handel Duets: The English Concert.
    • Chaconne.
    • 4.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Finlandia, Op 26

    Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Piano Sonata in E minor op 7

    Performer: Boris Giltburg.
    • Orchid Classics.
  • Walter Mourant

    The Pied Piper

    Performer: George MacDonald. Ensemble: Royal Northern Sinfonia. Conductor: Steuart Bedford.
    • Musical Fun & Games.
    • ASV.
    • 22.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    Pineapple Poll (Opening Dance)

    Music Arranger: Charles Mackerras. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • 100 Best Ballet.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Giuseppe Tartini

    Violin Concerto in A major, D 96 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Giuliano Carmignola. Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra. Director: Andrea Marcon.
    • Concerto Veneziano.
    • ARCHIV.
    • 13.
  • Madeleine Dring

    Trio for flute, oboe and piano

    Performer: Juliette Bausor. Performer: Daniel Bates. Performer: Simon Lepper.
    • Stone Records.
  • Gabriel Pierné

    Étude de concert, Op 13

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Chandos.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Missa Salisburgensis (Kyrie)

    Choir: La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Conductor: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.


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