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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly - Dvorak's Wind Serenade, Kelsey Grammer, Jacqueline du Pre plays Elgar

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. Today, the folk-infused charm of Dvorak's Serenade for Winds - where will that lead? Other musical highlights today include the majestic finale of Elgar's Symphony No.2, and Debussy's evocative portrait of the sea, La Mer.

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 key moments in the last century of classical music. Today, Jacqueline du Pre at the BBC Proms.

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. This week Essential Classics celebrates the artistry of Dame Janet Baker, and this morning's Slow Moment is her moving recording of the poignant lament from the end of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, When I am laid in earth.

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Music Played

  • Gioachino Rossini

    Soldier's Dance (William Tell)

    Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Rossini: Guillaume Tell.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 311.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata no. 4 in E minor BWV.528 transc. for piano: 2nd movement; Adagio

    Performer: Víkingur Ólafsson.
    • DG.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony No 8 in D minor (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
    • LPO.
  • George Frideric Handel

    "Heart, the seat of soft delight", from Acis and Galatea

    Singer: Danielle de Niese. Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Harry Bicket.
    • Danielle de Niese - Beauty of the Baroque.
    • Decca.
    • 6.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Major "Egyptian": III. Molto allegro

    Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta. Conductor: Jean‐Jacques Kantorow.
    • Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 3-5.
    • BIS.
    • 303.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Wind serenade in D minor, Op.44 (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Bläserensemble Sabine Meyer.
    • Dvorak: Blaserserenaden.
    • EMI.
    • 3.
  • Catriona McKay

    The Swan LK 243

    Music Arranger: Michael Baker. Ensemble: Aquarelle Guitar Quartet.
    • Dances Aquarelle Guitar Quartet.
    • Chandos.
    • 15.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo in B flat major, K 269

    Performer: Julia Fischer. Orchestra: Nederlands Kamerorkest. Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg.
    • Pentatone.
  • Claude Debussy

    La Mer - 3 symphonic sketches, no.1; De l'aube a midi sur la mer

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • Debussy: Dutilleux: Ravel.
    • RCO LIVE.
    • 1.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in C minor, Op 13, 'Pathétique' (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Yundi.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Our Classical Century: Jacqueline Du Pre at the BBC Proms

  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Clarinet Quintet in B flat - Ist mvt: Allegro

    Ensemble: Carducci String Quartet.
    • Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in Major, K. 581 - Weber: Clarinet Quintet in B-Flat Ma.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 101.
  • Toru Takemitsu

    Waltz (Face of Another)

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: John Adams.
  • Leos Janáček

    Youth (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe Wind Soloists.
    • Dvorak; Janacek; Hummel etc.
    • ASV.
    • 5.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade No. 10 in B flat, K.361 'Gran Partita' - 3rd movement, Adagio

    Ensemble: Linos Ensemble.
    • Mozart: Serenade No. 10 in B flat major, K361 'Gran Partita': Linos Ensemble.
    • Capriccio.
    • 3.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Souvenir de Florence, Op 70 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Yuri Zhislin. Ensemble: Russian Virtuosi of Europe.
  • Kelsey Grammer on his love for New York's Central Park

  • George Gershwin

    Walking the Dog (Shall we Dance)

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Performer: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • Gershwin: The 1920s & 1930s: Tilson Thomas.
    • CBS Masterworks.
    • 8.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Quatuor pour la fin du temps - 8th mvt: Louange a l'immortalite de Jesus

    Performer: Matthew Schellhorn. Performer: James Clark.
    • Messiaen, O.: Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps / Fantaisie / Le Merle Noir.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 208.
  • Richard Strauss

    Don Juan

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • Strauss: Zarathustra; Don Juan; Till Eulenspiegel.
    • Orfeo.
    • 10.
  • Maddalena Laura Sirmen

    String Quartet No 2 in B flat major (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Allegri String Quartet.
    • Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen - The Six String Quartets.
    • CALA.
    • 12.
  • Henry Purcell

    Thy hand, Belinda... When I am laid (Dido and Aeneas)

    Singer: Dido: Janet Baker. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Anthony Lewis.
    • DECCA.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata KK 9 in D minor (Pastorale)

    Performer: Federico Colli.
    • Scarlatti: Sonatas Vol. 1.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 3.
  • Edward Elgar

    Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 63: IV. Moderato e maestoso

    Conductor: Colin Davis. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Elgar: Symphony No. 2.
    • Lso Live.
    • 104.


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