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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Celia Imrie, Mary and Frances, Strauss's Die Fledermaus

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Ian Skelly.

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 actress and author Celia Imrie

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

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Music Played

  • John Foulds

    Bells at Koblenz (Holiday Sketches, Op 15)

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Ronald Corp.
    • John Foulds: Keltic Suite & Suite Fantastique.
    • Dutton.
    • 9.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Cantata No 147)

    Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan. Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • BIS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 1 in C Major Op 21: I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio

    Conductor: Ádám Fischer. Orchestra: Danish Chamber Orchestra.
    • Beethoven: Complete Symphonies.
    • Naxos.
    • 101.
  • Amy Beach

    Piano Quintet in F sharp minor, Op 67 - 2nd movement, Adagio espressivo

    Performer: Martin Roscoe. Ensemble: Endellion Quartet.
    • ASV.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Die Fledermaus (Overture)

    Orchestra: Bavarian State Orchestra. Conductor: Carlos Kleiber.
    • DG.
  • Ferdinando Carulli

    Duo in D Major, Op. 34 No. 1: II. Rondeau

    Ensemble: Folkwang Gitarren Duo.
    • Serenaden.
    • Orfeo.
    • 102.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in G minor, RV439 'La notte'

    Performer: Lucie Horsch. Ensemble: Amsterdam Vivaldi Players.
    • Decca.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Violin Sonata No 3 in C minor, Op 45 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Dmitry Sitkovetsky. Performer: Bella Davidovich.
    • Grieg: Violin Sonatas: Sitkovetsky/Davidovich.
    • Orfeo.
    • 8.
  • William Walton

    Coronation Te Deum

    Performer: Matthew Martin. Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Choir: Gabrieli Roar. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Time Traveller: Mary and Frances by Naomi Paxton

  • Thomas Morley

    Can she excuse my wrongs [1597]

    Music Arranger: John Dowland. Ensemble: Dowland Consort. Conductor: Jakob Lindberg.
    • BIS.
  • John Dowland

    Go crystal tears

    Performer: Jakob Lindberg. Singer: Emma Kirkby.
    • BIS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor, K 491 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Imogen Cooper. Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia.
    • Mozart: Piano Concertos 24 & 25: Northern Sinfonia, Imogen Cooper.
    • Avie.
    • 3.
  • Caroline Shaw

    Partita for 8 voices: Sarabande

    Ensemble: Roomful of Teeth.
    • New Amsterdam.
  • Franz Lehár

    Lippen schweigen (The Merry Widow)

    Singer: Felicity Lott. Singer: Thomas Hamspon. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Franz Welser‐Möst.
    • Lehar: The Merry Widow.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 19.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    When the night wind howls (Ruddigore)

    Librettist: William Gilbert. Singer: Bryn Terfel. Choir: Radiokören. Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Paul Daniel.
    • Bryn Terfel: Bad Boys; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 8.
  • Billy Mayerl

    Bats in the Belfry

    Performer: Susan Tomes.
    • Virgin.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Trio sonata in G major Op.3`6

    Ensemble: Avison Ensemble.
    • Linn.
  • Celia Imrie on her love of May Day

  • Michel Legrand

    Le joli mai

    Singer: Yves Montand. Ensemble: Bob Castella and His Orchestra.
    • Philips.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Capriccio espagnol

    Conductor: Mariss Jansons. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO).
    • Mussorgsky & Rimsky-Korsakov: Orchestral Works.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 205.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Andante for piano (WoO.57) in F major "Andante favori"

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Chandos.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Scènes historiques I, Op. 25

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
    • Sibelius: Kullervo.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 204.
  • Howard Goodall

    Recordare (Eternal Light: A Requiem)

    Choir: Choir of Christ Church College, Oxford. Orchestra: London Musici. Conductor: Stephen Darlington. Singer: Natasha Marsh.
    • Goodall Eternal Light: A Requiem.
    • EMI.
    • 7.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Hippolyte et Aricie, Act V: Chaconne

    Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
    • ERATO.
  • George Gershwin

    An American in Paris

    Conductor: Andrés Orozco‐Estrada. Orchestra: Houston Symphony.
    • Music of the Americas.
    • PENTATONE.
    • 401.

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