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Monday with Ian Skelly - Shostakovich's Symphony No 10, Poulenc's Figure Humaine, Steven Isserlis

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music. Ian Skelly's guest is cellist Steven Isserlis.

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

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today, Shostakovich's angry musical portrait of Josef Stalin from his Symphony No.10 - five minutes of full-on energy, excitement and terror. Also today, Mozart's graceful and sparkling Symphony No.35, the "Haffner", and Saint-Saens's elegiac Clarinet Sonata.

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 key moments in the last century of classical music.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the cellist Steven Isserlis.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Concerto à 5 in B flat major, Op 7 No 3 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Alison Balsom. Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble.
    • Italian Concertos; Alison Balsom, Scottish Ensemble.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 9.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in G flat major, D 899 No 3

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • Le Voyage Magnifique, Schubert: Impromptus; Maria Joao Pires.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 3.
  • William Walton

    Portsmouth Point

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • Chandos.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Mache dich, mein Herze (St Matthew Passion)

    Orchestra: Bachorchester Mainz. Conductor: Ralf Otto.
    • J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244.
    • Naxos.
    • 313.
  • Nadia Boulanger

    Three Pieces for cello and piano

    Performer: Nicolas Altstaedt. Performer: José Gallardo.
    • French Cello Sonatas.
    • Naxos.
    • 2-4.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No 10 in E minor, Op 93 - 2nd mvt, Allegro

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Nunc dimittis à 8

    Choir: Choir of New College Oxford. Conductor: Edward Higginbottom.
    • COLLINS CLASSICS.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Concerto in D major, Hob XVIII:11, 1st Mvt.

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin. Ensemble: Les Violons du Roy. Conductor: Bernard Labadie.
    • Hyperion.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op 167

    Performer: Martin Frost. Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
    • BIS.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    4 Scottish dances (Op.59), no.2; Reel (Vivace)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Bryden Thomson.
    • Malcolm Arnold: Dances: Philharmonia, Thomson.
    • Chandos.
    • 10.
  • Our Classical Century: Kate Romano on Poulenc's Figure Humaine

  • Francis Poulenc

    Rondeau from Les Biches - suite

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thierry Fischer.
    • The Rite of Spring.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 16.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Figure Humaine

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Laudamus te from Gloria

    Choir: BBC Singers. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • Poulenc: Gloria & Stabat Mater.
    • Chandos.
    • 2.
  • Francis Poulenc

    First march, the voice of another (Figure Humaine)

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Solomon)

    Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • Teldec.
  • Johannes Brahms

    String Sextet No.1 in B Flat major, op.18 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Renaud Capuçon. Performer: Christoph Koncz. Performer: Marie Chilemme. Performer: Gérard Caussé. Performer: Clemens Hagen. Performer: Gautier Capuçon.
    • ERATO.
  • William Walton

    Symphony No 1 in B flat minor (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (Die Zauberflote)

    Singer: Edda Moser. Orchestra: Bavarian State Orchestra. Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • Mozart: The Magic Flute.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 209.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fantasia in G major BWV.572 for organ

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • Alio modo.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Steven Isserlis on his cellist hero, Daniil Shafran

  • Dmitri Kabalevsky

    Cello Concerto no.1, Op.49: ii) Largo

    Performer: Daniil Borisovich Shafran. Orchestra: Great Symphony Orchestra of the All-Union Radio. Conductor: Dmitri Kabalevsky.
    • Revelation.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No 35 in D major, K 385, 'Haffner'

    Orchestra: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Jane Glover.
    • ASV.
  • Franz Schubert

    Du bist die Ruh, D 776

    Singer: Margaret Price. Performer: James Lockhart.
    • EMI.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance, op.72 no.3 in F major

    Performer: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • DECCA.
  • Rebecca Clarke

    Midsummer Moon for violin and piano

    Performer: Jonathan Rees. Performer: Kathron Sturrock.
    • Rebecca Clarke.
    • Gamut Classics.
    • 7.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Bjorneskytten (The Bear Hunter)

    Ensemble: Die Singphoniker.
    • CPO.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Dances of Galanta

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Philips.

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