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Friday with Ian Skelly - Contentious cyclists, Simon Armitage, Scherzo from Vaughan Williams' London Symphony

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music. Ian Skelly'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

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Lucio Silla (Overture)

    Orchestra: Mozart Orchestra. Conductor: Leopold Hager.
    • DG.
  • Florent Schmitt

    Chant élégiaque, Op. 24

    Performer: Alain Meunier. Performer: Anne Le Bozec.
    • Fauré, Koechlin & Schmitt: Œuvres pour violoncelle et piano.
    • Le Palais des Dégustateurs.
    • 4.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Prague Carnival

    Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
    • Smetana: Orchestral Works Vol. 1: BBC Phil, Noseda.
    • Chandos.
    • 6.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in F minor, K 481

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • D. Scarlatti: Sonatas: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 9.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    A London symphony (Symphony no.2), 3rd movement; Scherzo - nocturne

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Vaughan Williams: London Symphony/Oboe Concerto: Halle/Elder.
    • Halle.
    • 3.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Te Deum in C major, H XXIIIc 2

    Choir: Namur Chamber Choir. Ensemble: La Petite Bande. Director: Sigiswald Kuijken.
    • J. Haydn: Harmoniemesse; Te Deum.
    • DHM.
    • 12.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Three Wonders (The Tale of Tsar Saltan Suite, Op 57)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • DECCA.
  • Johann Christian Bach

    Quintet in F major Op 11 No 3

    Performer: Andreas Staier. Ensemble: Les Adieux.
    • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach - Andreas Staier Edition.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
    • 007.
  • Rebecca Clarke


    Performer: Jonathan Rees. Performer: Kathron Sturrock.
    • Rebecca Clarke: Songs.
    • Gamut Classics.
    • 21.
  • César Franck

    Les Djinns

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Stéphane Denève.
    • NAÏVE.
  • John Ireland

    Chelsea Reach (3 London Pieces)

    Performer: John Lenehan.
    • NAXOS.
  • Eric Coates

    London Suite: III. Knightsbridge (March)

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Samuel Barber

    Agnus Dei

    Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
  • Misty in Roots

    Man Kind

    Performer: Misty in Roots.
    • Live at the Counter Eurovision 79.
    • People Unite.
    • 1.
  • Misty in Roots

    Sodome And Gomorra

    Performer: Misty in Roots.
    • Live at the Counter Eurovision 79.
    • People Unite.
    • 4.
  • Dobrinka Tabakova

    Suite in Old Style (4th & 5th mvts)

    Performer: Maxim Rysanov. Performer: Vaiva Eidukaitytė-Storastienė. Orchestra: Lietuvos kamerinis orkestras.
    • String Paths.
    • ECM New Series.
    • 008.
  • Franz Schubert

    Klavierstück No 1 in E flat minor, D 946

    Performer: Paul Lewis.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in G for 2 mandolins RV532

    Performer: Paul O’Dette. Performer: Robin Jeffrey. Ensemble: The Parley of Instruments. Director: Roy Goodman.
    • Hyperion.
  • Josef Suk

    Humoreska, Op 7 No 2

    Performer: Margaret Fingerhut.
    • Suk: Piano Works: Margaret Fingerhut.
    • Chandos.
    • 2.
  • Richard Strauss

    Morgen, Op 27 No 4

    Singer: Diana Damrau. Orchestra: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • Richard Strauss: Orchestral Songs, Diana Damrau/Christian Thielemann.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 5.
  • Joaquín Turina

    La oración de torero for 4 lutes, Op 34

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • Turina Chamber Music The Nash Ensemble.
    • Hyperion.
  • Claude Debussy

    Arabesque No 1

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • Philips.
  • Amy Beach

    Symphony in E minor 'Gaelic', Op 32 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Chandos.


Time Travellers: the podcast

Time Travellers: the podcast

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough presents quirky tales gathered from the corners of history.

The Essential Classics Playlist

The Essential Classics Playlist

Refresh your day with a great selection of classical music, picked by listeners.