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Thursday with Ian Skelly - Ed Weston's Walks, Simon Armitage, Tippett's Concerto for double string orchestra

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Ian Skelly. Ian's guest is poet Simon Armitage.

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

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist.

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • John Ireland

    When lights go rolling round the sky

    Singer: Roderick Williams. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Martin Yates.
    • Elgar - Sea Pictures & Pageant of Empire.
    • DUTTON.
    • 5.
  • Robert Schumann

    Phantasiestucke, Op.111

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Chandos.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Polovtsian March (Prince Igor)

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Tchaikovsky 1812 - Borodin - Glinka - And More - Kirov Orchestra - Gergiev.
    • Phillips.
    • 5.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Gavotte avec six doubles in A minor (Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin)

    Performer: Sophie Yates.
    • La Sophie: Sophie Yates.
    • Chandos.
    • 17.
  • Michael Tippett

    Concerto for Double String Orchestra (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tippett.
    • Tippett Conducts Tippett.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 2.
  • Amy Beach

    Piano Quintet in F sharp minor, Op 67 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Martin Roscoe. Ensemble: Endellion Quartet.
    • ASV.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Romance No 2 in F major, Op 50

    Performer: Gil Shaham. Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata in G major for violin and keyboard, BWV 1021

    Performer: Reinhard Goebel. Performer: Jaap ter Linden. Performer: Hendrik Bouman.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Claude Debussy

    Children's Corner

    Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • Decca.
  • Herbert Howells

    Elegy for viola, string quartet and string orchestra

    Performer: Matthew Souter. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Chandos.
  • Bohuslav Martinu

    Double Concerto for two string orchestras, piano and timpani

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
  • Arthur Somervell

    Piano Concerto in A minor, 'Highland' (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Martin Roscoe. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Somervell/Cowen: Martin Roscoe/BBC Scottish SO/Brabbins.
    • Hyperion.
    • 5.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Wind Octet in E flat major, Op 103 (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Mozzafiato. Conductor: Charles Neidich.
    • Beethoven: Chamber music for wind instruments: Mozzafiato/Neidich.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 1.
  • Franz Liszt

    Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat major

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis. Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Philips.
  • Alessandro Stradella

    La Susanna - Da chi spero aita, o cieli

    Singer: Emanuela Galli. Ensemble: Ensemble Aurora. Conductor: Enrico Gatti.
    • Glossa.
  • Aaron Copland

    Buckaroo Holiday (Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo)

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • Copland the Populist: Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony.
    • RCA Red Seal.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425

    Performer: Paul O’Dette. Ensemble: Parley of Instruments. Director: Roy Goodman. Director: Peter Holman.
  • Arnold Bax

    In a vodka shop

    Performer: Ashley Wass.
    • Naxos.


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