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Monday with Ian Skelly - Sir Mark Elder, Holst's The Planets - Mercury, A medieval mouse

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Ian Skelly, With guest this week, Sir Mark Elder.

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

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1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the conductor Sir Mark Elder.

1130 Slow Moment - time to take a break for a moment's musical reflection

3 hours

Music Played

  • John Eccles

    Symphony for Mercury (The Judgment of Paris)

    Performer: David Hendrey. Orchestra: Early Opera Company. Conductor: Christian Curnyn.
    • Chandos.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Danses espagnoles 'La vida breve' arr Samazeuilj

    Ensemble: Katia Labèque. Ensemble: Marielle Labèque.
    • Piano Fantasy/Music for two pianos: Katia & Marielle Labeque.
    • Philips.
    • 1-2.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Serenade no. 2 in A major Op.16: 5th movement; Rondo

    Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • SDG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Divertimento in E-Flat Major, K. 563: VI. Allegro

    Ensemble: Kreisler Trio Wien.
    • Mozart: Divertimento, K. 563 & Horn Quintet, K. 407.
    • Paladino Music.
    • 106.
  • Gustav Holst

    Mercury, the Winged Messenger (The Planets, Op 32)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Sir Simon Rattle - Gustav Holst.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 3.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No 6 in C major, D 589 (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Schubert: 8 Symphonies: Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 8.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Hymn to St Cecilia

    Choir: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. Singer: Benedict Giles. Singer: Ben Harrison. Singer: Richard Moore. Singer: Jonathan Bungard. Singer: Reuben Thomas. Conductor: Christopher Robinson.
    • Britten: Rejoice The Lamb, Hymn to St. Cecilia: Choir of St John's College, Camb.
    • Naxos.
    • 22.
  • Max Bruch

    Concerto in E minor for clarinet, viola and orchestra, Op 88 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Gérard Caussé. Performer: Paul Meyer. Orchestra: Lyon Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Kent Nagano.
    • Bruch/Werke fur Klarinette und Viola.
    • Erato.
    • 2.
  • Gustav Holst

    Mercury, the Winged Messenger (The Planets, Op 32)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Sir Simon Rattle - Gustav Holst.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 3.
  • Claude Debussy


    Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
    • Debussy, Preludes etc.: Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
    • Decca.
    • 19.
  • Josef Fiala

    Concerto in C major for cor anglais

    Performer: Albrecht Mayer. Orchestra: Kammerakademie Potsdam. Director: Albrecht Mayer.
    • DG.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Study in G sharp minor, Op 25 No 6

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Chopin: Etudes Op.10 & Op.25: Murray Perahia.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 18.
  • John Adams

    Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas. Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony.
    • Adams: Harmonielehre etc: San Francisco Symphony/Tilson Thomas.
    • SFS.
    • 4.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Bachiana brasileira No 5 (Aria)

    Singer: Kiri Te Kanawa. Ensemble: Lynn Harrell & Instrumental Ensemble. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Jeffrey Tate.
    • Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne: Kiri Te Kanawa.
    • Decca.
    • 14.
  • George Butterworth

    The Banks of Green Willow

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Butterworth/Delius: English Rhapsody: Halle, Elder.
    • Halle.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Kommt, ihr Töchter (St Matthew Passion, BWV 244)

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • Johann Sebastian Bach - Matthaeus Passion.
    • Vanguard Classics.
    • 1.
  • Claude Debussy

    Petite suite orch Busser

    Composer: Henri Büsser. Conductor: Jun Märkl. Orchestra: Lyon Opera Orchestra.
    • Debussy: Orchestral works vol.6: Orchestre National de Lyon/Jun Markl.
    • Naxos.
    • 5-8.
  • Franz Schubert

    Marche militaire No 1 in D major, D 733

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim. Performer: Radu Lupu.
    • Schubert: Marches Militaires: Daniel Barenboim/Radu Lupu.
    • Teldec.
    • 1.
  • Arthur Bliss

    Purple (A Colour Symphony)

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • Bliss: A Colour Symphony etc..
    • Chandos.
    • 001.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

    Orchestra: Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
    • ERATO.
  • Niels Wilhelm Gade

    String Sextet in E flat major, Op 44 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Ensemble MidtVest.
    • Niels W. Gade: Chamber Works Volume 1.
    • CPO.
    • 2.
  • Edward Elgar

    Serenade in E minor for strings, Op 20

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • ONYX.


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