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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.

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


    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


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