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Thursday with Ian Skelly - A Puritan Christmas, Michael Morpurgo

Refresh your 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

  • Heinrich Schütz

    Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, SWV 35

    Performer: James Morgan. Performer: Richard Pearce. Choir: Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge. Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts. Director: Richard Marlow.
    • Schutz: Psalmen Davids: Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge.
    • Conifer.
    • 5.
  • Franz Liszt

    Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto, S. 434

    • Liszt: Piano Works.
    • Naxos.
    • 101.
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    Clarinet quintet in F sharp minor, Op.10 - Scherzo (Allegro leggiero)

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • Coleridge-Taylor: Piano Quintet, Clarinet Quintet.
    • HYPERION.
    • 8.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Dopo notte (Ariodante)

    Singer: Dame Sarah Connolly. Orchestra: Symphony of Harmony and Invention. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Heroes and Heroines.
    • Coro.
    • 8.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    The Pines of Rome (final movement: 'I Pini della via Appia')

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Muti.
    • Respighi: Pines of Rome, etc..
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • Franz Schubert

    Notturno in E flat major, D 897

    Ensemble: The Florestan Trio.
    • HYPERION.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Morgenblätter Waltz, Op 279

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Georges Prêtre.
    • New Year's Concert 2010.
    • Decca.
    • 6.
  • Clara Schumann

    Piano Sonata in G minor (1st mvt)

    Performer: Jennifer Eley.
    • Koch.
  • Trad.

    We wish you a Merry Christmas

    Music Arranger: John Rutter. Choir: The Cambridge Singers. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: John Rutter.
    • Collegium Records.
  • Richard Allison

    Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered (Psalm 68)

    Ensemble: The City Musick.
    • AVIE.
  • Henry Purcell

    Rejoice in the Lord alway, Z 49, 'Bell Anthem'

    Singer: Iestyn Davies. Singer: James Gilchrist. Singer: Neal Davies. Choir: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. Orchestra: St John's Sinfonia. Director: Andrew Nethsingha.
    • My Beloved Spake: Anthems by Purcell and Humfrey.
    • Chandos.
    • 10.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99: II. Adagio affettuoso

    • Brahms: Cello Sonatas & 6 Songs.
    • haenssler CLASSIC.
    • 602.
  • Richard Strauss

    Also sprach Zarathustra: Introduction

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Karl Bohm.
    • DG.
  • Richard Wagner

    Forest Murmurs (Siegfried)

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf.
    • Sheffield Lab.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet in C major, K 465, 'Dissonance' (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Belcea Quartet.
    • Mozart: String Quartets K465 and K499.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 4.
  • Josquin des Prez

    Qui habitat in adjutorio Altissimi

    Ensemble: Huelgas Ensemble. Director: Paul Van Nevel.
    • Utopia Triumphans.
    • Sony.
    • 3.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto in D major for 3 trumpets, TWV 54 D3

    Performer: Mark Bennett. Performer: Michael Harrison. Performer: Nicholas Thompson. Performer: Paul Goodwin. Performer: Lorraine Wood. Orchestra: The English Concert. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Telemann: Suites, Concerto in D major: English Concert, Pinnock.
    • Archiv.
    • 1.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Rondo brillant in E-Flat Major, Op. 29, MWV O 10

    Orchestra: Die Kölner Akademie. Conductor: Michael Alexander Willens.
    • Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos.
    • BIS.
    • 101.
  • Benjamin Britten

    A Ceremony of Carols (Interlude)

    Performer: Claire Jones.
    • Britten: A Ceremony of Carols: NYCoS NGC, Jones, Bell.
    • Signum Classics.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Dawn over the Moscow River (Khovanshchina)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition: Wiener Philharmoniker/Gergiev.
    • Decca.
    • 16.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Gli Uccelli [The birds] - suite, Preludio (Allegro moderato)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: István Kertész.
    • Decca.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Piano Trio No 1 in C minor, Op 8

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • Warner.

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