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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly - Kelsey Grammer, Glass's Metamorphosis, Leeds Piano Competition

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 Essential Classics celebrates the artistry of Dame Janet Baker.

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Music Played

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Moments musicaux, Op.16 - No.6 in C minor

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • Rachmaninov: Preludes, Moments musicaux: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • Erato.
    • 17.
  • Josef Rheinberger

    Abenlied from 3 Geistliche Gesange Op.69 for chorus

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Director: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • SDG.
  • Richard Wagner

    Tannhäuser (Overture)

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Teldec.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Violin Concerto in D major, RV 204

    Conductor: Fabio Biondi. Orchestra: Europa Galante.
    • Vivaldi: La STravaganza: Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 15.
  • Philip Glass

    Metamorphosis two

    Performer: Bruce Brubaker.
    • glass cage, music for piano by Philip Glass and John Cage. Bruce Brubaker (pno).
    • Arabesque recordings.
    • 4.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Vesperae solennes de confessore (K.339), Laudate Dominum

    Singer: Danielle de Niese. Choir: The Apollo Voices. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • The Mozart Album: Danielle de Niese.
    • Decca.
    • 12.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs

    Performer: Canada's National Arts Centre Wind Quintet. Performer: Stéphane Lemelin.
    • NAXOS.
  • John Luther Adams

    Canticles of the Sky - Sky with Four Suns

    Ensemble: Northwestern University Cello Ensemble. Conductor: Hans Jørgen Jensen.
    • Cold Blue Music.
  • Marianna Martines

    Harpsichord Concerto in E major (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Nicoleta Paraschivescu. Ensemble: La Floridiana.
    • deutsche harmonia mundi.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Piano Concerto No. 1

    Performer: Murray Perahia. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Charles Groves.
  • The Beatles

    She Loves You

    Performer: The Beatles.
    • Past Masters.
    • Apple Records.
    • 4.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Impromptu No. 1 in C minor D. 899

    Performer: Radu Lupu.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Op. 58 (end)

    Performer: Eric Lu. Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Warner.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46

    Orchestra: Malmö SymfoniOrkester. Conductor: Bjarte Engeset.
    • Naxos.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 846

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • J.S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 & 2: Andras Schiff.
    • ECM.
  • Keith Jarrett

    The Köln Concert (Part 2c)

    Performer: Keith Jarrett.
    • ECM.
  • William Byrd


    Choir: VOCES8.
    • Signum.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Scherzo (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61)

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.
  • Mitch Leigh

    The impossible dream (The Man of La Mancha)

    Singer: Rolando Villazón. Orchestra: Prague Philharmonia. Conductor: Daniele Callegari.
    • Rolando Villazon: Tenor.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 6.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in G major, Op 3 No 3

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Erato.
  • Henri Duparc

    L'Invitation au voyage

    Lyricist: Charles Baudelaire. Singer: Janet Baker. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • The Very Best Of: Janet Baker.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 6.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Grand duo concertant Op.48 for clarinet and piano - 3rd mvt 'Rondo'

    Performer: Andreas Ottensamer. Performer: Yuja Wang.
    • DG.
  • Michael Daugherty

    Philadelphia Stories - 2nd mvt 'The Tell Tale Harp'

    Orchestra: Colorado Symphony. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • Naxos.
  • John Taverner

    Sanctus (Missa Corona spinea)

    Choir: Choir of St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. Conductor: Duncan Ferguson.
    • John Taverner: Sacred Choral Music.
    • Delphian.
    • 5.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Cypresses nos.11 and no.12

  • Edvard Grieg

    Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Stephen Hough. Performer: Melina Mandozzi. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • Grieg/Liszt: Piano Concertos: Stephen Hough, BPO, Litton.
    • Hyperion.
    • 9.


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