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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.

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.
    • 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.
  • 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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