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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Tea and Biscuits, Berlioz's Ball scene, Celia Imrie

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    L'Étoile (Overture)

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Neeme Jarvi conducts Chabrier.
    • Chandos.
    • 11.
  • Franz Liszt

    Valse impromptu, S.213

    Performer: Louis Schwizgebel.
  • Johann Christian Bach

    Symphony for wind instruments no. 4 (T.285/3`4) in B flat major

    Ensemble: Consortium Classicum.
    • J.C. Bach: Wind Symphonies: Consortium Classicum.
    • MDG.
    • 11-13.
  • Arianna Savall

    Ave Maris Stella

    Singer: Arianna Savall. Singer: Petter Udland Johansen. Ensemble: Hirundo Maris.
    • The Wind Rose.
    • Carpe Diem.
    • 10.
  • Béla Bartók

    The Wooden Prince, Op. 13: The Happy End

    Conductor: Susanna Mälkki. Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Bartók: The Wooden Prince, Op. 13, Sz. 60 & The Miraculous Mandarin Suite, Op. 1.
    • BIS.
    • 13.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie fantastique (Un bal)

    Conductor: Daniel Barenboim. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique: Barenboim.
    • CBS Masterworks.
  • Galina Grigorjeva

    Salve Regina

    Ensemble: Theatre of Voices. Ensemble: Yxus Quartet. Conductor: Paul Hillier.
    • Ondine.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Ballade in B major, Op 10 No 4

    Performer: Barry Douglas.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K 364 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Renaud Capuçon. Performer: Antoine Tamestit. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Louis Langrée.
    • Mozart: Violin Concertos 1 and 3; Sinfonia Concertante.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 7.
  • Vincent Youmans

    Tahiti Trot (Tea for two)

    Music Arranger: Dmitry Shostakovich. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Little Suite

    Orchestra: NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. Conductor: Krzysztof Urbański.
    • Lutoslawski.
    • Alpha.
    • 4-7.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Wind Serenade in D minor, Op 44 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Claude Debussy

    La plus que lente

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Debussy: Complete works for piano vol.3: Bavouzet.
    • Chandos.
    • 19.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No. 6, Op. 74 'Pathetique' - ii. Allegro con Grazia

    Orchestra: Musica Aeterna. Conductor: Teodor Currentzis.
    • SONY.
  • Igor Stravinsky


    Music Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • Le Sacre Du Printemps.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 18.
  • Harold Arlen

    Last night when we were young [from the film 'In the good old summertime']

    Performer: André Previn. Singer: Sylvia McNair.
    • Come Rain or Shine, The Harold Arlen Songbook.
    • Philips.
    • 015.
  • Claude Debussy

    Feux d'artifice (Preludes, Book 2)

    Performer: Pascal Rogé.
    • ONYX.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op 6 No 4

    Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico. Director: Giovanni Antonini.
    • Handel: Twelve Concerti Grossi, Op.6 Il Giardino Armonico - Giovanni Antonini.
    • Decca.
    • 15.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    2 Pieces for piano 6 hands

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov. Performer: Alexandre Tharaud. Performer: Aleksandar Madžar.
    • Tharaud Plays Rachmaninov.
    • Erato.
    • 10-11.
  • Morten Lauridsen

    Contre qui, rose (Les chansons des roses)

    Performer: Polyphony. Performer: Stephen Layton. Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • Les Chansons Des Roses.
    • Hyperion.
    • 7.
  • Johan Svendsen

    Norwegian Artists' Carnival, Op 14

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Chandos.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Clarinet Concerto (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Michael Collins. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Happiness - Cinderella (Waltz Suite, Op.110)

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Chandos.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Souvenir d'une nuit d'été à Madrid

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky.
    • Chandos.


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