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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly - Maria Callas, Lotti's Crucifixion, 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 Essential Classics celebrates the artistry of Dame Janet Baker.

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Music Played

  • Carl Nielsen

    Maskarade (Overture)

    Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • Sibelius: Finlandia; Valse Triste; Grieg: Sigurd Jorsalfar; Salonen.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 8.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka In C Sharp Minor, Op. 50/3

    Performer: Pavel Kolesnikov.
    • Chopin: Mazurkas.
    • HYPERION.
    • 017.
  • Astor Piazzolla

    La muerte del angel

    Performer: Rupert Boyd. Music Arranger: Baltazar Benítez.
    • The Guitar.
    • Sono Luminus.
    • 21.
  • Joseph Haydn

    The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross, Hob XX:1b; Sonata I, Largo

    Ensemble: Casals Quartet.
    • Haydn: Die Sieben Letzten Worte.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 2.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Leonidas Kavakos. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Various: Violin Concerto; ETC / Kavakos, Chailly, Nagy.
    • DECCA.
    • 003.
  • Antonio Lotti

    Crucifixus à 8

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Palestrina/Allegri: Miserere: The Sixteen/Christophers.
    • Coro.
    • 1.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    Concert waltz for orchestra no. 2 (Op.51) in F major

    Orchestra: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Orfeo.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Piano Quartet No 2 in E flat major, Op 87 - 3rd movement, Scherzo

    Ensemble: The Schubert Ensemble.
    • Dvorak: Piano Quintet/Piano Quartet: Schubert Ensemble.
    • Chandos.
    • 3.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Daphnis et Chloé Suite No 2

    Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • Yannick Nezet-Seguin Ravel Rotterdam Phiharmonic Orchestra.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 1.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Tosca Act I Ah, quegli occhi

    Singer: Maria Callas. Singer: Carlo Bergonzi. Orchestra: Orchestre de la Societe du Conservatoire Paris. Conductor: Georges Prêtre.
    • EMI.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Tosca Act II E qual via scegliete?

    Singer: Maria Callas. Singer: Tito Gobbi. Orchestra: Orchestre de la Societe du Conservatoire Paris. Conductor: Georges Prêtre.
    • EMI.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Tosca Act II Vissi d'arte

    Singer: Maria Callas. Orchestra: Orchestre de la Societe du Conservatoire Paris. Conductor: Georges Prêtre.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Schubert

    Die junge Nonne, D 826

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Janet Baker.
    • BBC Legends.
  • Philip Wilby

    A Breathless Alleluia

    Performer: Black Dyke Band. Performer: Philip Wilby. Conductor: Nicholas Childs.
    • A Breathless Alleluia.
    • NAXOS.
    • 1.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    O vos I. omnes

    Conductor: Geoffroy Jourdain. Ensemble: Les Cris de Paris.
    • Melancholia.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 4.
  • Franz Liszt

    Via crucis (Station XIV: Jesus est mis dans le sepulcre)

    Performer: Leslie Howard.
    • Hyperion.
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

    Stabat mater dolorosa (Stabat mater in F minor)

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Singer: Barbara Bonney. Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques. Conductor: Christophe Rousset.
    • The Decca Sound: Celebrating 50 Years of the Decca Sound.
    • Decca.
  • Andrea Falconiero

    Ciaccona

    Performer: Daniel Hope. Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • Air, A Baroque Journey: Daniel Hope.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 1.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Cabaret Songs: Funeral blues

    Performer: Roger Vignoles. Singer: Christine Brewer.
    • Wigmore Hall Live.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Daniele Gatti.
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5: RPO, Gatti.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 3.
  • Alissa Firsova

    Stabat Mater

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Spirit, Strength & Sorrow.
    • Coro.
    • 2.
  • Claude Debussy

    Arabesque No 1 in E major

    Performer: Pascal Rogé.
    • ONYX.
  • Robert Schumann

    Symphony No 2 in C major, Op 61 (4th mvt)

    Conductor: Christian Thielemann. Orchestra: Philharmonia.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Eclogue, Op.10

    Performer: Tom Poster. Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
    • Introit: The Music of Gerald Finzi.
    • Decca.
    • 17.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Violin Concerto in A minor, RV 357

    Performer: Fabio Biondi. Ensemble: Europa Galante. Director: Fabio Biondi.
    • Vivaldi: La Stravaganza: Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 7-9.
  • Richard Wagner

    Good Friday Music (Parsifal)

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • TELDEC.

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