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Thursday with Ian Skelly - Mussorgsky's Dawn on the Moscow River, Marcus du Sautoy

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Ian Skelly. With this week's guest, Marcus du Sautoy.

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Music Played

  • Edvard Grieg

    Homeward, Op 62 No 6

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • Grieg Lyric Pieces.
    • EMI.
    • 6.
  • Karl Goldmark

    Im Frühling - Overture, Op 36

    Orchestra: Budapesti Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara. Conductor: András Kórodi.
    • Goldmark: Overtures.
    • Hungaroton.
    • 002.
  • Domenico Cimarosa

    I know not from where it comes (L'Olimpiade)

    Singer: Nicholas Phan. Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Markellos Chryssicos.
    • L'Olimpiade.
    • Naive.
    • 012.
  • Franz Liszt

    Liebesträume (arr. for harp)

    Performer: Agnès Clément. Music Arranger: Agnès Clément.
    • Le rossignol en amour.
    • Genuin.
    • 15.
  • Trad.

    Polska in D Major (After Sven Donat)

    Performer: Erik Rydvall. Performer: Gunnar Idenstam.
    • Northern Dances.
    • Toccata Next.
    • 107.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Dawn over the Moscow River (Khovanshchina)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition: Wiener Philharmoniker/Gergiev.
    • Decca.
    • 16.
  • Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

    Violin Sonata No 2 in D major

    Ensemble: Bizzarrie Armoniche.
    • NAÏVE.
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson

    Orphic Hymn

    Ensemble: Theatre of Voices. Conductor: Paul Hillier.
  • Darius Milhaud


    Performer: Theodore Kerkezos. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Music for Saxophone and Orchestra.
    • Naxos.
    • 002.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Trio No 2 in E flat major, D 929 (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Trio Fontenay.
    • Teldec.
  • Oscar Lorenzo Fernández

    3 Studies in Sonatina form

    Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • Brasileiro.
    • Decca.
    • 021.
  • Johann Pachelbel

    Canon and Gigue in D major

    Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Köln. Conductor: Reinhard Goebel.
    • Archiv.
  • Ferde Grofé

    Sunrise (Grand Canyon Suite)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Enrique Bátiz.
    • EMI.
  • Ernest John Moeran

    Stalham River

    Performer: Eric Parkin.
    • William Baines / E J Moeran – Piano Music.
    • Lyrita.
    • 22.
  • Dana Suesse

    Jazz Nocturne

    Music Arranger: Carroll Huxley. Performer: Peter Mintun. Orchestra: Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Rosenberg.
    • Jazz Nocturne.
    • Naxos.
    • 006.
  • Tomás Bretón

    En la Alhambra

    Orchestra: Orquestra de la Comunidad de Madrid. Conductor: Miguel Roa.
    • Breton - Andalusian Scenes.
    • Naxos.
    • 009.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Violin Sonata No 2 in G major, Op 13 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Baiba Skride. Performer: Lauma Skride.
    • Grieg, Nielsen, Sibelius, Stenhammar.
    • Orfeo.
    • 002.
  • Johannes Brahms

    May Night, Op 43 No 2

    Performer: Eugene Asti. Singer: Dame Sarah Connolly.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Petite symphonie (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Athena Ensemble.
    • Music for Wind Ensembles.
    • Chandos.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Keyboard concerto No 4 in A major, BWV 1055

    Performer: Richard Egarr. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Andrew Manze.
    • Bach - Harpsichord Concertos, Triple Concerto.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 004.
  • Francisco Tárrega


    Performer: Miloš Karadaglić.
    • Milos - The Guitar.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 004.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    String quintet in G major, Op 77 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Laurène Durantel. Ensemble: Skampa Quartet.
    • Dvorak Quintets.
    • Supraphon.
    • 003.
  • Johann Pachelbel

    Sicut erat (Ingressus in G major)

    Choir: The King’s Singers. Ensemble: Charivari Agréable. Director: Kah-Ming Ng.
    • Pachelbel Vespers; The King's Singers / Charivari Agreable.
    • Signum.
    • 26.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony no.104 in D 'London' (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra. Conductor: Adam Fischer.
    • Haydn Edition.
    • Brilliant Classics.
    • 8.


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