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Friday with Ian Skelly - Sewing machines, Marcus du Sautoy, Bach's Ricercar orchestrated by Webern

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

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 mathematician, writer and presenter Marcus du Sautoy.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Overture in the Italian Style, D 591

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • WARNER.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Agrippina - Act III : Come nube che fugge dal vento

    Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm. Ensemble: Le Concert d’Astrée. Singer: Renata Pokupić.
    • Une fête baroque.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 22.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Nocturne No.6 in D flat major, Op.63

    Performer: Éric Le Sage.
    • ALPHA.
  • William Byrd


    Choir: VOCES8.
    • Signum.
  • Georges Bizet

    L'Arlésienne Suite No 1 (Carillon)

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • Bizet: Suites from L'Arlesienne and Carmen: Ulster Orch, Tortelier.
    • Chandos.
    • 16.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Musical Offering, BWV 1079 (Ricercar No 2)

    Orchestrator: Anton Webern. Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
  • Maurizio Cazzati


    Music Arranger: Christina Pluhar. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • All'Improviso.
    • ALPHA.
    • 3.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Valse-Scherzo, Op.34

    Performer: Julia Fischer. Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg.
    • Pentatone.
  • Vincent d’Indy

    Florence (Symphony No 1 in A major, 'Symphonie italienne')

    Conductor: Rumon Gamba. Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
    • Vincent D'Indy: Orchestral works 4: Iceland Symphony Orchestra/Gamba.
    • Chandos.
    • 6.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Dance in the Ballroom (Rusalka)

    Music Arranger: Hans-Joachim Drechsler. Ensemble: 10forBrass.
    • Opera.
    • Genuin.
    • 5.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in G major, Kk.547

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Scarlatti: Sonatas.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 11.
  • Steve Reich


    Performer: Daniel Hope. Performer: Simos Papanas. Orchestra: Basel Chamber Orchestra.
    • My Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin.
    • DG.
    • 5.
  • Betty Hutton

    The Sewing Machine

    Performer: Betty Hutton.
    • Laugh! Laugh! Laugh! An Anthology Of American Comedy.
    • Flapper.
    • 17.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Spem in alium

    Ensemble: Huelgas Ensemble. Conductor: Paul Van Nevel.
    • Utopia Triumphans.
    • Sony.
    • 1.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Noctuelles (Miroirs)

    Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • Ravel, The Piano Concertos: Aimard/Cleveland Orchestra/Boulez.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 5.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537

    Orchestrator: Edward Elgar. Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Elgar: A Self Portrait: Halle, Elder.
    • Halle.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude (Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV 881)

    Music Arranger: Jacques Loussier. Ensemble: Jacques Loussier Trio.
    • Universal Music Jazz.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Intermezzo for string trio

    Ensemble: Dante Quartet.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Turangalila (Finale)

    Performer: Steven Osborne. Performer: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Il ritorno di Tobia (Overture)

    Orchestra: Vienna Haydn Sinfonietta. Conductor: Manfred Huss.
    • BIS.
  • Amy Woodforde-Finden

    Kashmiri Song (Four Indian Love Lyrics)

    Music Arranger: Stephen Hough. Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Hough - 'My Favourite Things': Virtuoso Encores and Transcriptions.
    • Nimbus Records.
    • 12.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto à due cori in F major, HWV 333 (5th & 6th mvt)

    Ensemble: Zefiro. Conductor: Alfredo Bernardini.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2: II. Molto adagio. Si tratta questo pezzo con molto sentiment

    Ensemble: Casals Quartet.
    • Beethoven: Revelations, 2.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 2.
  • Duke Ellington

    Three Black Kings: No. 1, King of the Magi

    Performer: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Featured Artist: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Duke Ellington: Black, Brown, and Beige.
    • Naxos.
    • 5.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Baiba Skride. Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
    • American Concertos.
    • Orfeo.
    • 8.


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