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Friday with Ian Skelly - Michael Morpurgo, Handel's Harmonious Blacksmith, The Blondin Donkey

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 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

  • Gian Francesco Malipiero

    The Coffee House (Tre commedie goldoniane, no.1)

    Orchestra: Orchestra della Svizzera italiana. Conductor: Christian Benda.
    • Naxos.
  • Richard Strauss

    Schlagobers - ballet in 2 acts (Op.70), Schlagobers-Walzer

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Strauss: Schlagobers, Munchen: Detroit SO/Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
    • 5.
  • Arthur Bliss

    Metamorphic Variations (Cool Interlude)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones.
    • Bliss: Meditations on a Theme by John Blow.
    • Naxos.
    • 18.
  • John Blow

    Ground in G Minor for two Recorders

    Ensemble: La Rêveuse. Conductor: Florence Bolton. Conductor: Benjamin Perrot.
    • Circa 1700: Purcell & his Generation.
    • Mirare.
    • 109.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Violin Concerto in A minor, Op 53 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Julia Fischer. Orchestra: Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • Decca.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Air with 5 variations, 'The Harmonious Blacksmith' (Suite in E major)

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock.
    • The Harmonious Blacksmith - Favourite Harpsichord Pieces: Pinnock.
    • Archiv Produktion.
  • Josef Myslivecek

    Overture in A major

    Orchestra: Concerto Köln. Director: Werner Ehrhardt.
    • Il Divino Boemo.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 001.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Der Schneemann (Prelude; Serenade)

    Performer: Heinz Haunold. Orchestra: Bruckner Orchestra of Linz. Conductor: Caspar Richter.
    • Korngold Orchestral Music.
    • ASV.
    • 8-9.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Scherzo fantastique, Op 3

    Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Orchestra: Leningrad Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.
    • Stravinsky: Firebird Suite: St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra/Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
    • 11.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Air with 5 variations, 'The Harmonious Blacksmith' (Suite in E major)

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock.
    • The Harmonious Blacksmith - Favourite Harpsichord Pieces: Pinnock.
    • Archiv Produktion.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Valse-caprice No 1 in A major, Op 30

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Faure Piano Music.
    • Hyperion.
    • 13.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    A Musical Joke, K 522 (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Daniel François Esprit Auber

    The Bronze Horse - Overture

    Orchestra: Orchestre Régional de Cannes. Conductor: Wolfgang Dorner.
    • Naxos.
  • Hubert Léonard

    Donkey and Driver

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Thomas Adès.
    • RCA.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Symphony No 1 in D major (3rd mvt)

    Conductor: Christopher Hogwood. Ensemble: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
    • Gounod/Bizet: Symphony no.1/L'Arlesienne: St Paul Chamber Orch/Hogwood.
    • Decca.
  • Franz Schubert

    5 Minuets, D. 89: No. 3

    Ensemble: Modigliani Quartet.
    • Portraits.
    • Mirare.
    • 107.
  • François Couperin

    Les Barricades Mysterieuses

    Performer: Blandine Verlet.
    • ASTREE.
  • George Butterworth

    A blacksmith courted me (11 Folk-songs from Sussex)

    Performer: Iain Burnside. Singer: Roderick Williams.
    • George Butterworth, Songs from A Shropshire Lad: Williams / Burnside.
    • Naxos.
    • 21.
  • Alexander Mosolov

    The Iron Foundry Op19

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV 630

    Singer: Elin Manahan Thomas. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Eternal Light: Elin Manahan-Thomas.
    • Heliodor.
    • 3.
  • R. P. Weston

    Good Byee

    Composer: Bert Lee. Performer: Charles Chilton.
    • Decca.
  • Michael Head

    A Blackbird Singing (Over the rim of the moon)

    Singer: Sharon Carty. Performer: Andreas Frese.
    • GENUIN.
  • Amy Beach

    From Blackbird Hills, Op 83

    Performer: Kirsten Johnson.
    • Amy Beach: Piano Music Volume 3.
    • GUILD.
    • 11.
  • Paul McCartney

    Blackbird

    Music Arranger: Lubos Krticka. Ensemble: Wihan Quartet.
    • The Beatles - arranged by Lubos Krticka for String Quartet.
    • NIMBUS.
    • 2.
  • Percy Grainger

    Handel in the Strand

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • The Grainger Edition, Vol.2 - Orchestral Works.
    • Chandos.
    • 11.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Oboe Quartet in F major, K 370

    Performer: Alexei Ogrintchouk. Performer: Boris Brovtsyn. Performer: Maxim Rysanov. Performer: Kristina Blaumane.
    • BIS.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    The Great Doxology (Vespers, Op 37)

    Choir: Phoenix Chorale. Choir: Kansas City Chorale. Conductor: Charles Bruffy.
    • Chandos.
  • Joaquín Rodrigo

    Canario (Fantasía para un gentilhombre)

    Performer: Miloš Karadaglić. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • Milos Karadaglic - Aranjuez.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 10.
  • William Wigthorpe

    Rowland

    Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. Conductor: William Lyons.
    • Flower of Cities All - Music in London 1580-1620.
    • DEUX-ELLES.
    • 15.
  • Giovanni Sollima

    Violoncelles, Vibrez!

    Performer: Gautier Capuçon. Performer: Benoît Grenet. Orchestra: Orchestre de chambre de Paris. Conductor: Douglas Boyd.
    • Intuition.
    • Erato.
    • 104.

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