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Thursday with Ian Skelly - Peer Gynt, Ian Bostridge, Winter in the Dark Ages

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. Today's piece is Anitra's Dance from Grieg's Peer Gynt.

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

  • Benjamin Britten

    Five Flower Songs, Op. 47: 4. The Evening Primrose

    Conductor: Justin Doyle. Choir: RIAS Kammerchor.
    • Britten: Choral Works.
    • 12.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Overture in C major Op.101 (Trumpet overture) [1826, rev. 1833]

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Invitation To The Dance

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Stephen Hough In Recital.
    • Hyperion.
    • 4.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Christmas Lullaby

    Ensemble: Goeyvarts String Trio. Singer: Zsuzsi Tóth. Singer: Barnabás Hegyi. Singer: Olivier Berten.
    • 2.
  • Grażyna Bacewicz

    Folk Sketches for small orchestral ensemble

    Orchestra: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jan Krenz.
    • Bacewicz: Polish Radio SO/Krenz.
    • ACCORD.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Anitra's Dance (Peer Gynt Suite No 1, Op 46)

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • Grieg/Nielsen: Peer Gynt/Aladdin: San Francisco Symphony/Blomstedt.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in B flat major for 2 violins, RV 530

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Orchestra: Holland Baroque Society.
    • Vivaldi: La Cetra - 12 Violin Concertos: Rachel Podger, Holland Baroque Society.
    • Channel Classics.
    • 7-9.
  • Richard Galloway

    2018 Breakfast Carol Competition No. 1 The Bee Carol

    Performer: Richard Pearce. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Bob Chilcott.
  • Ester Mägi


    Orchestra: Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester. Conductor: Arvo Volmer.
    • Magi: Orchestral Music.
    • Toccata Classics.
    • 5.
  • Max Bruch

    String Octet (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Zsolt Fejérvári. Ensemble: Kodály Quartet. Ensemble: Auer String Quartet.
    • Mendelssohn/Bruch: String Quartets.
    • Naxos.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Ice Floes from Scott of the Antarctic suite

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • Chandos.
  • Jón Leifs

    Geysir, Op 51

    Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Francisco Tárrega

    Recuerdos de la Alhambra

    Performer: Carlos Bonell.
    • The Private Collection: Carlos Bonell.
    • Upbeat Classics.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Sarka (Má vlast)

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Václav Neumann.
    • Panton.
  • Richard Strauss

    Dance of the Seven Veils (Salome)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
    • Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie etc..
    • LPO.
    • 1.
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    Piano quintet in G minor, Op.1 (Finale)

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • Coleridge-Taylor: Piano Quintet, Clarinet Quintet.
    • 1.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Waft her, angels (Jephtha)

    Singer: Ian Bostridge. Orchestra: The Choir of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Harry Bicket.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Rondino in E flat major, WoO 25

    Ensemble: Consortium Classicum.
    • CPO.
  • John Merrick

    2018 Breakfast Carol Competition No. 4 The Bee Carol

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Bob Chilcott.
  • John Adams

    The Chairman Dances

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker (Coffee - Arabian Dance)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker: Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattle.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 4.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Élégie, Op 24

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Pascal Devoyon.
    • RCA.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Children's Christmas Song (Folk Songs of the Four Seasons)

    Choir: City of London Choir. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton.
    • In Terra Pax: A Christmas Anthology.
    • Naxos.
    • 14.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op 63 No 3

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Alexandre Tharaud: Chopin; Journal Intime.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 1.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66

    Orchestra: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • Dvorak: Symphony No. 5, Scherzo Capriccioso etc..
    • EMI.
    • 6.


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