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Christmas Day with Ian Skelly - Victorian Christmas Cards, Michael Morpurgo, Bach's Christmas Oratorio

Refresh your Christmas morning with a great selection of classical music. Ian Skelly's guest is author Michael Morpurgo.

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist.

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 pieces celebrating 100 key moments in classical music in the last century. bbc.co.uk/ourclassicalcentury

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

  • Victor Hely-Hutchinson

    Carol Symphony (Prelude)

    Conductor: Gavin Sutherland. Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Hely-Hutchinson: A Carol Symphony.
    • Naxos.
  • Erno Dohnanyi

    Pastorale 'Ungarisches Weinachtslied'

    Performer: Martin Roscoe.
    • Hyperion.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in F for two horns, RV.539

    Ensemble: La Serenissima. Conductor: Adrian Chandler.
    • Avie.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Weihnachtsmusik (Christmas Music)

    Ensemble: Taverner Players. Director: Andrew Parrott.
    • Christmas Carols.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 014.
  • Franz Liszt

    Adeste fideles (Weihnachtsbaum)

    Performer: Leslie Howard.
    • Liszt Christmas Tree: Via Crucis; Chorales.
    • Hyperion.
    • 4.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Jauchzet, frohlocket! (Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248)

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly. Singer: Carolyn Sampson. Singer: Wiebke Lehmkuhl. Singer: Martin Lattke. Singer: Wolfram Lattke. Singer: Konstantin Wolff. Choir: Dresdner Kammerchor. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
    • Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium; Dresdner Kammerchor, Gewandhausorchester, Riccardo C.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Fanny Hensel

    Overture

    Orchestra: The Women’s Philharmonic. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Koch.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Weihnachtslied

    Performer: Eugene Asti. Singer: Anna Grevelius.
    • Hyperion.
  • Richard Strauss

    Weihnachtslied, TrV. 2

    Performer: Roger Vignoles. Singer: Ruby Hughes.
    • Hyperion.
  • Aaron Copland

    Hoe-Down (Rodeo)

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV565

    Performer: Simon Preston.
    • DG.
  • Leroy Anderson

    Sleigh Ride

    Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Arthur Fiedler.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Jakub Jan Ryba

    Credo (Czech Christmas Mass)

    Singer: Gabriela Eibenová. Singer: Magdalena Kožená. Singer: Jaroslav Březina. Singer: Michael Pospíšil. Ensemble: Capella Regia Musicalis. Conductor: Robert Hugo.
    • Ryba - Czech Christmas Mass.
    • Archiv.
    • 7.
  • Dame Ethel Mary Smyth

    The Wreckers (Overture)

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Alexander Gibson.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
    • EMI.
  • John Tavener

    The Lamb

    Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • George Frideric Handel

    The trumpet shall sound (Messiah)

    Singer: Nathan Berg. Performer: James Ghigi. Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
    • George Frideric Handel - Messiah.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 16.
  • Ivor Gurney

    Lights Out

    Singer: Susan Bickley. Performer: Iain Burnside.
    • Naxos.
  • Robert Schumann

    Novelette, Op.21 No.8 (1838)

    Performer: Imogen Cooper.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Georges Bizet

    L'Arlésienne Suite No 2

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Naive.
  • Franz Liszt

    Christus: Pastorale

    Singer: Benita Valente. Singer: Peter Lindroos. Choir: Slovak Philharmonic Choir. Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: James Conlon.
    • Apex.
  • John Merrick

    The Bee Carol

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Bob Chilcott.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    3 Dance episodes from 'On the town'

    Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • Barber/Bernstein/Gershwin/Copland: Great American Showpieces.
    • Angel.
    • 7.

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