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Christmas Eve with Ian Skelly - Humperdinck's Christmas Dream, Advent Calendars, Michael Morpurgo

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music. Presented by Ian Skelly with guest Michael Morpurgo.

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 This Christmas week , the former Children's Laureate and prolific author Michael Morpurgo shares his cultural inspirations.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Leroy Anderson

    A Christmas Festival

    Orchestra: Dallas Winds. Conductor: Jerry Junkin.
    • Horns for the Holidays.
    • Reference Recordings.
    • 8.
  • Francis Poulenc

    O magnum mysterium (4 Motets pour le temps de Noël)

    Choir: Choir of New College Oxford. Conductor: Edward Higginbottom.
    • Nativitas, A celebration of peace: Choir of New College, Oxford/Higginbottom.
    • Erato.
    • 13.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Study in A minor, Op 25 No 11

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Chopin: Etudes Op.10 & Op.25: Murray Perahia.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 23.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

    Conductor: Mariss Jansons. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • Beethoven: Mass in C Major & Leonore Overture No. 3 (Live).
    • BR-Klassik.
    • 7.
  • Engelbert Humperdinck

    The Christmas Dream (The Blue Bird)

    Orchestra: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Karl Anton Rickenbacher.
    • Humperdinck - Fairy-Tale Music.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
    • 2.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Septet in E flat major, Op 65 (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Paris Orchestra Soloists.
    • Saint-Saens: Complete Chamber Music with Winds.
    • Indesens.
    • 4.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Lindenbaum, D 911 No 5 (Winterreise)

    Performer: Gerald Moore. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
    • 111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 7.
  • Nadia Boulanger

    3 pieces for cello and piano

    Performer: Nicolas Altstaedt. Performer: José Gallardo.
    • Naxos.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Symphony No 1 'Classical'

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Louis-Claude Daquin

    Noël sur les flutes

    Performer: Marie‐Claire Alain.
    • Erato.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Quem pastores laudavere

    Choir: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Director: Graham Ross.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Moments musicaux, Op.16 - No.6 in C minor

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • Rachmaninov: Preludes, Moments musicaux: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • Erato.
    • 17.
  • Richard Wagner

    Siegfried Idyll

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Une barque sur l'océan

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
    • DG.
  • Hector Berlioz

    L'enfance du Christ (L'adieu des bergers)

    Choir: Tenebrae. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ: Sir Colin Davis, LSO, Tenebrae Choir.
    • LSO Live.
  • Bohuslav Martinu

    Merry Christmas 1941

    Performer: Giorgio Koukl.
    • Martinu: Complete Piano Music - 7.
    • Naxos.
    • 12.
  • Richard Strauss

    Serenade in E flat major, Op 7

    Ensemble: Ensemble Paris-Bastille. Director: François Leleux.
    • Francois Leleux - Richard Strauss.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 4.
  • Frank Bridge

    Sir Roger de Coverley, Christmas Dance

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Bridge: Orchestral Works Vol. 3: Shelley / BBC NOW / Hickox.
    • Chandos.
    • 8.
  • Franz Xaver Gruber

    Silent Night

    Performer: Catrin Finch. Singer: Bryn Terfel. Orchestra: Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Tecwyn Evans.
    • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No 5 in B flat major, D 485 (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • Schubert: Symphonies No. 5 & 6: Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Zinman.
    • RCA Red Seal.
    • 4.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    The Blue Bird, Op 119 No 3

    Choir: The Cambridge Singers. Conductor: John Rutter.
    • There is sweet music.
    • Collegium.
    • 1.
  • Philip Lane

    Wassail Dances

    Conductor: Gavin Sutherland. Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Hely-Hutchinson: A Carol Symphony: City of Prague Phil, Sutherland.
    • Naxos.
    • 11-13.

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