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Monday with Ian Skelly - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Ian Bostridge, Julia's bureau

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

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 history.

1050 The acclaimed English tenor Ian Bostridge talks about the people, ideas and music that have inspired him throughout his career.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Léo Delibes

    Prelude; Mazurka (Coppélia Suite)

    Conductor: Charles Mackerras. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • French Ballet Music: Sir Charles Mackerras.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Suite for viola and small orchestra - Group 1 (Prelude, Carol & Christmas Dance)

    Performer: Lawrence Power. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Vaughan Williams: Suite / Flos Campi.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1-3.
  • Frank Wakelkamp

    Maria durch ein Dornwald ging

    Ensemble: Margaretha Consort. Conductor: Marit Broekroelofs.
    • A German Christmas.
    • Naxos.
    • 501.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in G major, K 427

    Performer: Christian Zacharias.
    • EMI.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La Cenerentola (Overture)

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Rossini: Overtures: Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 5.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)

    Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker: Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattle.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 12.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Triple Concerto in E major for flute, oboe d'amore and viola, TWV 53 E1

    Performer: Stephen Preston. Performer: Clare Shanks. Performer: Monica Huggett. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Christopher Hogwood.
  • Maria Theresia von Paradis


    Music Arranger: Samuel Dushkin. Performer: Elena Urioste. Performer: Tom Poster.
    • BIS.
  • Joachim Raff

    Dance of the Dryads (Symphony No 3 in F major, Op 153, 'Im Walde')

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Francesco d'Avalos.
    • Raff: Symphony No.3.
    • ASV Digital.
    • 3.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)

    Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker: Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattle.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 12.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Minor, K. 457: I. Allegro

    Performer: Piotr Anderszewski.
    • Fantaisies.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 102.
  • Rebecca Dale

    Kyrie (Requiem for My Mother)

    Performer: Jonathan Aasgaard. Singer: Louise Alder. Choir: Kantos Chamber Choir. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Clark Rundell.
    • Decca.
  • Rosemary Brown

    Liszt: Grübelei

  • Richard Addinsell

    Blithe Sprit (Waltz Theme arr Isaacs)

    Orchestra: Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn.
    • Music of Richard Addinsell.
    • ASV.
    • 4.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Suite from 'The Magic Opal' - Overture

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Aquarium (Carnival of the Animals)

    Performer: Kenneth Smith. Performer: Leslie Pearson. Performer: Michael Reeves. Performer: George Ives. Performer: Gerald Drucker. Performer: Lyn Fletcher. Performer: Robert Heard. Conductor: Sir Charles Groves. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • Sir Charles' Precious Music Box 1, Groves, Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • 22.
  • John Williams

    Hedwig's Theme

    Performer: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nic Raine.
    • Music from the Harry Potter Films.
    • Silva Screen.
    • 15.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Piano Trio No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 21, B. 51: III. Allegretto scherzando

    Ensemble: Tempest Trio.
    • Dvořák: Piano Trios, Vol. 2 – Nos. 1 & 2.
    • Naxos.
    • 103.
  • Franz Schubert

    Erlkönig, D 328

    Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Performer: Gerald Moore.
    • EMI.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    A Sea Symphony I. A Song for All Seas, All Ships

    Singer: Katherine Broderick. Singer: Roderick Williams. Choir: Hallé Youth Choir. Choir: Schola Cantorum. Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Halle.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Duo in G major for violin and viola, K 423 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Performer: Jane Rogers.
    • Mozart & M Haydn: Duo Sonatas.
    • Channel Classics.
    • 3.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Piano Concerto, Op 20 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Kirill Gerstein. Orchestra: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
    • Lawo.
  • John Merrick

    2018 Breakfast Carol Competition No. 4 The Bee Carol

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Bob Chilcott.
  • Richard Galloway

    2018 Breakfast Carol Competition No. 1 The Bee Carol

    Performer: Richard Pearce. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Bob Chilcott.
  • Nicolò Paganini

    La campanella arr Kreisler

    Performer: Chloë Hanslip. Music Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. Orchestrator: Jurgen Blume. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Mann.
    • Chloe.
    • Warner.
    • 1.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Toccata in G major, BuxWV 165

    Performer: Christopher Herrick.
    • Buxtehude: The Complete Organ Works - 2, Christopher Herrick, Organ of Nidaros C.
    • Hyperion.
    • 15.


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The Essential Classics Playlist

The Essential Classics Playlist

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