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Friday with Ian Skelly - Ian Bostridge, Midwinter Solstice

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

  • William Byrd

    The Bells

    Music Arranger: Mark Kroll. Ensemble: Canadian Brass.
    • Canadian Brass: English Renaissance Music.
    • CBS.
  • Otto Nicolai

    Christmas Overture

    Choir: BBC Singers. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
    • The Night Before Christmas.
    • NAXOS.
    • 6.
  • Franz Schubert

    Scherzo. Presto (Sonata (Duo) in A major, D.574

    Music Arranger: Jacob Kellermann. Ensemble: Duo KeMi.
    • BIS.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Menuet antique

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
    • Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music: Steven Osborne, Piano.
    • Hyperion.
    • 8.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Le Quattro Stagioni: Concerto no. 4 L'Inverno - Winter Op. 8 No. 4 RV 297

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Ensemble: Brecon Baroque.
    • Channel Classics.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Quem vidistis pastore (4 motets pour le temps de Noël)

    Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • Poulenc: Gloria, Motets.
    • 13.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    Romantic Intermezzo, Op 69

    Orchestra: Philharmonia of Russia. Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky.
    • NAXOS.
  • Tarquinio Merula


    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico.
    • Il Giardino Armonica: Artist Portrait.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Adolphe Adam

    O holy night (Minuit, chretiens)

    Music Arranger: John Rutter. Choir: Bach Choir. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Rutter.
    • The Colours of Christmas.
    • DECCA.
    • 15.
  • Edward Elgar

    Salut d'amour, Op 12 arr for cello and orchestra

    Performer: Sol Gabetta. Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Mario Venzago.
    • Elgar: Cello Concerto: Sol Gabetta/Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Venzago.
    • RCA.
    • 6.
  • Mario Nascimbene

    Attack on the Castle (The Vikings - film score)

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nic Raine.
    • Prometheus.
  • Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin

    Je T'aime Moi Non Plus

    • Music for Pleasure.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Morning (Peer Gynt Suite No 1, Op 46)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
    • EMI.
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar

    Midvinter (Midwinter)

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Choir: Gothenburg Concert Hall Choir. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • BIS.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in B flat major, Op 7 No 1

    Performer: Garrick Ohlsson.
    • Chopin: Mazurkas - 1, Garrick Ohlsson.
    • Helios.
    • 5.
  • Henry Purcell

    What power art thou (King Arthur)

    Singer: Petteri Salomaa. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
    • ERATO.
  • Peteris Vasks

    White Scenery (Winter) [The Seasons]

    Performer: Alessandro Stella.
    • KHA.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Serenata alla spagnola

    Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
    • Teldec.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise: Gefrorne Trane

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes. Singer: Ian Bostridge.
    • EMI.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Scherzo in B flat major

    Music Arranger: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Orchestra: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jukka‐Pekka Saraste.
    • Mussorgsky – Night on the Bare Mountain/Pictures at an Exhibition.
    • APEX.
    • 20.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Wachet auf (Christmas Vespers)

    Ensemble: Apollo’s Fire. Orchestra: Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell.
    • Avie.
  • Béla Bartók

    Rhapsody no. 1 Sz.87, arr. for violin & orchestra (folk dances)

    Performer: James Ehnes. Performer: Hans-Kristian Kjos Sorensen. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Chandos.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No 1

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 6-9.
  • Harold Edwin Darke

    In the bleak midwinter

    Performer: Simon Preston. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
    • ARGO.
  • Rebecca Dale


    Choir: VOCES8. Performer: Håkon Samuelsen. Performer: Mari Samuelsen. Performer: Huw Watkins.
    • Decca.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Zur Namensfeier overture, Op.115

    Orchestra: Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • SONY.
  • Benjamin Britten

    A Ceremony of Carols (Deo Gracias)

    Performer: Sioned Williams. Conductor: David Hill. Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir.
    • Hyperion.
  • Erland von Koch

    Nordic Capriccio

    Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Per Hammarstrom.
    • BIS.


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The Essential Classics Playlist

The Essential Classics Playlist

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