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Friday with Ian Skelly - Nadia Boulanger, Dan Snow, Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Ian Skelly. Ian's 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. This morning, an exotic Arabian adventure from Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade - The Tale of the Kalandar Prince. Other musical highlights this morning include the Christmas Eve-set Act 2 of Puccini's La Boheme, and Mozart's ballet music for Idomeneo.

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury. Kate Molleson on the composer/conductor Nadia Boulanger.

1050 The historian, writer and presenter Dan Snow talks about the books, music, art and places that inspire him. Today's influence is the film The Last of the Mohicans.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Zoltán Kodály

    Entrance of the Emperor and his Court (Hary Janos Suite)

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite - Dances of Galanta...: BFO, Fischer.
    • Philips.
    • 11.
  • Erik Satie

    Gnossienne No 1 in F minor (Gnossiennes, Set 1)

    Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
    • Satie: The magic of Satie: Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
    • Decca.
    • 2.
  • English traditional

    The Twelve Days of Christmas

    Music Arranger: Keith Roberts. Ensemble: The King's Men, Cambridge.
    • Twelve Days of Christmas.
    • Kings College Cambridge.
    • 114.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, III. Presto - Molto allegro vivace

    Orchestra: Die Kölner Akademie. Conductor: Michael Alexander Willens.
    • Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos.
    • BIS.
    • 203.
  • George Frideric Handel

    O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Messiah)

    Singer: Tim Mead. Choir: Choeur du Concert d'Astrée. Orchestra: Orchestre du Concert d'Astrée. Director: Emmanuelle Haïm.
    • Handel: Messiah, HWV 56.
    • Erato/Warner Classics.
    • 109.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Story of the Kalendar Prince (Sheherazade)

    Performer: Maria Larionoff. Orchestra: Seattle Symphony. Conductor: Gerard Schwarz.
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade.
    • Naxos.
    • 2.
  • John Adams

    China Gates

    Performer: Gloria Cheng.
    • iano Music of John Adams and Terry Riley: Gloria Cheng-Cochran.
    • Telarc.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Sonata for violin and continuo in A major op 2 no 2

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Performer: Alison McGillivray. Performer: Daniele Caminiti. Performer: Marcin Świątkiewicz. Ensemble: Brecon Baroque.
    • CHANNEL CLASSICS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Academic Festival Overture, Op.80

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Brahms: 4 Symphonies: Berlin Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 1.
  • John Rutter

    Star Carol

    Conductor: John Rutter. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Choir: The Cambridge Singers.
    • collegium.
  • Ou Classical Century: Kate Molleson on Nadia Boulanger

  • Claude Debussy

    Dialogue du vent et de la mer (La mer)

    Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Debussy: La mer/Jeux: LSO/Gergiev.
    • LSO Live.
    • 4.
  • Clara Schumann

    Liebeszauber, Op 13 No 3

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Singer: Barbara Bonney.
    • DECCA.
  • Gustav Holst

    Beni Mora - oriental suite (Op.29`1); no.3; In the street of the Ouled Nails (Finale)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Holst: Orchestral Works, Volume 2.
    • Chandos.
    • 3.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Trio in E flat major, D 929 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Renaud Capuçon. Performer: Gautier Capuçon. Performer: Frank Braley.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • Dan Snow on his love of the film The Last of the Mohicans

  • Trevor Jones

    The Last of the Mohicans - main theme

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn.
    • Silva Screen.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme - Act 2 (conclusion)

    Singer: Anna Netrebko. Singer: Rolando Villazón. Singer: Nicole Cabell. Singer: Mariusz Kwiecien. Singer: Boaz Daniel. Choir: Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Choir: Gartnerplatz State Theatre Children's Choir. Conductor: Bertrand de Billy.
    • DG.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Shéhérazade, ouverture de féerie

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Matthew Jackson

    2018 Breakfast Carol Competition No. 3 The Bee Carol

    Choir: BBC Singers. Performer: Richard Pearce. Conductor: Bob Chilcott.
  • Andrew Woodward

    2018 Breakfast Carol Competition No. 6 The Bee Carol

    Choir: BBC Singers. Performer: Richard Pearce. Conductor: Bob Chilcott.
  • Franz Liszt

    Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude S.173 no.3

    Performer: Irene Russo.
    • Franz Liszt - Angelus: Sacred Piano Music (Irene Russo).
    • BRILLIANT CLASSICS.
    • 5.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Young Juliet (Romeo and Juliet)

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet: The Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel.
    • Decca.
    • 8.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ballet music from Idomeneo

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Mozart: Symphonies 41 & 40 - Marc Minkowski.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 5.

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