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Thursday with Ian Skelly - Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, the Arts Council of Great Britain, 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.

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

  • Léo Delibes

    Pizzicato (Sylvia)

    Performer: Stephen Hough. Music Arranger: Stephen Hough.
    • French Album: Stephen Hough.
    • Hyperion.
    • 16.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony no.9 in C

    Orchestra: Kammerorchester Basel. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • Alpha.
  • Louise Farrenc

    Nonet in E flat major, Op 38 (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Consortium Classicum.
    • DIVOX.
  • Aaron Copland

    An Outdoor Adventure

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • Copland: Symphonies Vol. 2.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 1.
  • Edward Elgar

    The Dream of Gerontius (Op.38), Pt.2; Angel's farewell (Softly and gently)...

    Director: Sir Mark Elder. Singer: Alice Coote. Orchestra: Hallé.
    • Elgar Violin Concerto: Halle Orchestra, Elder.
    • Halle.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major, BWV 1050 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Kati Debretzeni. Performer: Rachel Beckett. Performer: Malcolm Proud. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists.
    • Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, English Baroque Soloists.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
    • 4.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Leonore Overture No 1, Op 138

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Beethoven: Overtures: Harnoncourt, Chamber Orch. Of Europe.
    • Teldec.
  • Franz Schubert

    Rondo in A major for piano duet, D 951

    Performer: Maria João Pires. Performer: Ricardo Castro.
    • Schubert: Music for Piano Four Hands: Maria Joao Pires, Ricardo Castro.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Manuel de Falla

    The Miller's Dance (Farruca) from The Three-Cornered Hat

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
    • De Falla: Works for stage and concert hall.
    • Chandos.
    • 6.
  • Benjamin Britten

    The Rape of Lucretia - Scene 2

    Singer: Patricia Rozario. Singer: Jean Rigby. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Britten: The Rape of Lucretia.
    • Chandos.
    • 7.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Jesu, joy of man's desiring

    Music Arranger: Myra Hess. Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Dame Myra Hess.
    • EMI Angel.
    • 18.
  • Ernest Tomlinson

    Suite of English Folk Dances

    Ensemble: Central Band of the Royal Air Force. Director: Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Richard Strauss

    Im Abendrot (Four Last Songs)

    Singer: Renée Fleming. Orchestra: Houston Symphony. Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach.
    • Strauss: 4 Last Songs: Renee Fleming.
    • BMG.
    • 4.
  • Franz Schubert

    Octet in F major, D 803 (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • Schubert: Octet: The Nash Ensemble.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 3.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Quartet in C sharp minor, Op.131 (arr string orchestra): first movement

    Ensemble: Soloists of International Musicians Seminar. Director: Sándor Végh.
    • Capriccio.
  • Franz Schubert

    Kennst du das Land?; Gretchen am Spinrade

    Performer: Joseph Middleton. Singer: Carolyn Sampson.
    • Bis.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Magnificat TVWV 9:17

    Choir: Allabastrina Choir & Consort. Conductor: Elena Sartori.
    • Latin Sacred Works.
    • Christophorus.
    • 17.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sinfonia concertante in E flat major, K 364 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Julia Fischer. Performer: Gordan Nikolitch. Orchestra: Nederlands Kamerorkest. Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg.
    • Pentatone.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Four Short Prayers of St Francis

    Ensemble: DR VokalEnsemblet. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • OUR RECORDS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Rhapsody in B minor, Op 79 No 1

    Performer: Radu Lupu.
    • Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 etc.: Lupu, LPO, De Waart.
    • Decca.
    • 4.

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