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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly - Kelsey Grammer, Britten's War Requiem, Brahms's Geistliches Wiegenlied

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

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Daisies, Op 38 No 3

    Performer: Yevgeny Sudbin.
    • Rachmaninov: Solo Piano Works.
    • BIS.
    • 5.
  • Johann David Heinichen

    Flavio Crispo: Act One extract

    Singer: Leandro Marziotte. Singer: Dana Marbach. Ensemble: Il Gusto Barocco. Conductor: Jörg Halubek.
    • CPO.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Concerto for bassoon and orchestra (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Jaakko Luoma. Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta.
    • Mozart, Winter, Hummel & Rossini: Bassoon Concertos.
    • Ondine.
    • 10.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Variations concertantes, Op 17

    Performer: Lynn Harrell. Performer: Bruno Canino.
    • Decca.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Geistliche Wiegenlied, Op 91 No 2

    Performer: André Previn. Performer: Cecil Aronowitz. Singer: Janet Baker.
    • EMI.
  • Amy Beach

    Pastorale for Woodwind Quintet, Op. 151

    Ensemble: Ambache Chamber Ensemble.
    • Beach: Violin Sontata etc..
    • CHANDOS.
    • 6.
  • Charlie Chaplin

    The Nightclub (City Lights Dance Suite)

    Orchestra: City Lights Orchestra. Conductor: Carl Davis.
    • Charlie Chaplin - City Lights.
    • Carl Davis Collection.
    • 5.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (Spartacus)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov.
    • EMI.
  • Madeleine Dring

    Trio for flute, oboe and piano

    Performer: Juliette Bausor. Performer: Daniel Bates. Performer: Simon Lepper.
    • Stone Records.
  • Benjamin Britten

    War Requiem (excerpts)

    Singer: Lynda Russell. Singer: Thomas Randle. Singer: Michael Volle. Choir: Scottish Festival Chorus. Choir: The Choristers of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Britten - War Requiem.
    • Naxos.
  • Clara Schumann

    Three Romances for violin and piano, Op 22

    Performer: Jennifer Pike. Performer: Tom Poster.
    • Brahms/Schumann: Jennifer Pike/Tom Poster.
    • Chandos.
    • 7-9.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Feldeinsamkeit, Op 86 No 2

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Angelika Kirchschlager.
    • Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 1, Angelika Kirschschlager.
    • Hyperion.
    • 19.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D 965

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Ailish Tynan.
    • Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen and Octet in F major: Michael Collins and Frie.
    • Wigmore Hall Live.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 7 in A major, Op 92 (2nd mvt)

    Conductor: Carlos Kleiber. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic.
    • Beethoven, Symphony no. 5 and no. 7: Vienna Philharmonic.
    • DGG.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    String Quartet No.1 in C, Op.49: III. Allegro Molto

    Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Jota (Suite populaire espagnole)

    Performer: Jacqueline du Pré. Performer: John Williams.
    • EMI.
  • Eric Whitacre

    When David heard

    Choir: Elora Festival Singers. Conductor: Noel Edison.
    • Eric Whitacre, Choral Music: Elora Festival Singers.
    • Naxos.
    • 7.
  • Louis Vierne

    Organ symphony no.2 in E minor (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Olivier Latry.
    • Vierne: Organ Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3.
    • BNL.
    • 3.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Clarinet Concerto, Op.31: ii) Adagio, ma senza rigore

    Performer: Michael Collins. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
    • Chandos.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Sonata in C major BuxWV.256, Op.1 No.5

    Ensemble: Arcangelo.
    • ALPHA.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Candide (Overture)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • DG.

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