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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Roddy Doyle, Garnish, Butterfly Lovers' Concerto

Ian Skelly with the best in classical music, plus this week's guest, the novelist Roddy Doyle.

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist.

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from novelist Roddy Doyle.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • August Eberhard Muller

    Flute Concerto no.1: iii) Rondo

    Performer: Tatjana Ruhland. Orchestra: Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Timo Handschuh.
    • CPO.
  • Richard Strauss

    Morgen!, Op.27/4

    Singer: Heather Harper. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Classics for Pleasure.
  • Ermanno Wolf‐Ferrari

    Il segreto di Susanna (Overture)

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Lance Friedel.
    • Naxos.
  • Franz Schubert

    Octet in F major, D 803 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Emma Johnson. Performer: Philip Gibbon. Performer: Michael Thompson. Ensemble: Carducci String Quartet. Performer: Chris West.
    • Somm.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Allegro in B flat major, K 400

    Performer: Gottlieb Wallisch. Music Arranger: Anton Stadler.
    • Linn.
  • Gang Chen

    The Butterfly Lovers Concerto

    Performer: Zhi-Jong Wang. Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic. Conductor: Yang Yang.
    • Accentus.
  • Clara Schumann

    Le ballet des revenants, Op 5 No 4

    Performer: Imogen Cooper.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Henry Purcell

    O Sing unto the Lord

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort. Singer: Peter Harvey. Singer: Christopher Purves. Singer: Julian Podger. Singer: Susan Hemington Jones. Singer: Charles Daniels. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • The All Baroque-Box: from Monteverdi to Bach.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 15.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Keyboard Concerto No. 11 in D major, HobXVIII:11 - I. Vivace

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. Orchestra: Manchester Camerata. Conductor: Gábor Takács‐Nagy.
    • Chandos.
  • Henry Purcell

    Music for a while

    Performer: William Carter. Performer: Richard Egarr. Singer: Rowan Pierce.
    • Linn.
  • Cyril Scott


    Performer: Richard Jenkinson. Performer: Benjamin Frith.
    • EM Records.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Norfolk Rhapsody No 2

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony etc..
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    The Noonday Witch, Op 108

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Leo Brouwer

    Cancion de cuna for guitar (Berceuse)

    Performer: Marco Tamayo.
    • The Latin American Guitar.
    • NAXOS.
    • 12.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Simple Symphony (Frolicsome Finale)

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • Britten: The Young Person's Guide etc: LSO/ECO/Britten.
    • Decca.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Water music - suite (HWV.349) in D major

    Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Handel: Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks: John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Philips.
    • 1.
  • George Gershwin

    Strike up the Band (Overture)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • Gershwin: An American in Paris: Shelley/BBC Phil./Tortelier.
    • Chandos.
    • 9.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in G major, Op 79

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • Philips.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ich habe genug (Cantata No 82)

    Singer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Orchestra: Orchestra of Emmanuel Music. Conductor: Craig Smith.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Symphony No 4, 'Los Angeles' (3rd mvt)

    Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen. Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic.
    • Arvo Pärt Symphony No.4.
    • ECM New Series.
    • 3.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No 17 in G major, K 453 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Director: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Mozart The Collectors Edition 50 CDs The Masterpieces The Greatest Artists.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 1.


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