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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly - Scottish Opera, Lyadov's Baba-Yaga, Kelsey Grammer

Ian Skelly with the best in classical music, plus guest, Kelsey Grammer.

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 actor, Kelsey Grammer.

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

And this week we'll be celebrating the artistry of Dame Janet Baker.

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Music Played

  • Antonio Salieri

    Les Danaides (Overture)

    Orchestra: Les Talens Lyriques. Director: Christophe Rousset.
    • Antonio Salieri: Les Danaides.
    • 1.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Octet in E flat major, Op 20 (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Australian Chamber Orchestra.
    • BIS.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Le Tombeau de Couperin: Menuet

    Performer: David Lively.
    • Ravel à Gaveau.
    • La Musica.
    • 17.
  • Charles Wood

    O thou the central orb

    Performer: Robert Quinney. Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • A New Heaven, The Sixteen.
    • UCJ.
    • 2.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Symphonic Dance Op 64 no.1

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • Grieg: Peer Gynt: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Orama.
    • Erato.
    • 10.
  • Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov

    Baba-Yaga, Op 56

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Tchaikovsky 1812 - Borodin - Glinka - And More - Kirov Orchestra - Gergiev.
    • Phillips.
    • 6.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Adagio in E major K.261 for violin and orchestra

    Performer: James Ehnes. Orchestra: Mozart Anniversary Orchestra.
    • ONYX.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No 2 in C minor, Op 17 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Karabits. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
    • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky.
    • Onyx.
    • 2.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Variations on a theme by Haydn, Op 56b

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • DG.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony no.6 in D major Op.60: 3rd mvt Scherzo (Furiant)

    Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic.
    • Decca.
  • Paul Dukas

    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Musicales Actes Sud.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in A major, K 208

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • D. Scarlatti: Sonatas: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 2.
  • Alfonso X el Sabio

    Saltarello (Cantigas 79-119)

    Performer: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • Orient - Occident 1200-1700.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 20.
  • Maurice Jarre

    Bicycle Ride (A Passage to India)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Maurice Jarre.
    • Capitol.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Shéhérazade: L'indifférent

    Singer: Janet Baker. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • Philip Glass

    Akhnaten (Act 2: Dance)

    Orchestra: Staatsorchester Stuttgart. Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies.
    • CBS.
  • Henri Vieuxtemps

    Elegie Op.30

    Performer: Tabea Zimmermann. Performer: Thomas Hoppe.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 7 in A major (Op 92) 4th mvt

    Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Beethoven: The Symphonies, John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 4.
  • Eduard Tubin

    Violin Concerto No 1 in D major (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Mark Lubotsky. Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • BIS.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    O vis aeternitatis

    Performer: Gjermund Larsen. Performer: Bjorn Kjellemyr. Music Arranger: Grete Pedersen. Choir: Norwegian Soloists' Choir. Conductor: Grete Pedersen.
    • BIS.
  • Aaron Copland

    3 Latin American Sketches

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Copland - Appalachian Spring, Quiet City, Short Symphony.
    • Brilliant Classics.
    • 006.


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