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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Joplin’s Elite Syncopations, Alistair McGowan, Victorian Live Streaming

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 impressionist, writer and actor Alistair McGowan.

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

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Music Played

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Maid of Pskov (Overture)

    Orchestra: Seattle Symphony. Conductor: Gerard Schwarz.
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol: Seattle Symphony/Schwarz.
    • NAXOS.
    • 009.
  • York Bowen

    Three Serious Dances, Op 51 (No 2)

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Stephen Hough's English Piano Album.
    • Hyperion.
    • 14.
  • George Frideric Handel

    'Behold I tell you a mystery' and 'The trumpet shall sound' from the Messiah

    Singer: Christopher Purves. Performer: Robert Farley. Orchestra: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    "Trumpet" Overture op.101 in C major

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Chandos.
  • Scott Joplin

    Elite Syncopations

    Performer: Joshua Rifkin.
    • Joplin: Piano Rags: Joshua Rifkin.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Thomas Canning

    Fantasy on a Hymn Tune

    Orchestra: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Raymond Leppard.
    • American Dreams.
    • Decca.
    • 5.
  • Jan Antonín Koželuh

    Oboe Concerto in F major (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Albrecht Mayer. Ensemble: Kammerakademie Potsdam.
    • Lost and Found.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 12.
  • Johannes Ockeghem

    Deo gratias - 36 part canon

    Choir: Huelgas Ensemble. Conductor: Paul Van Nevel.
    • Utopia Triumphans.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 004.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Four Scottish Dances

    Performer: Hugh Bean. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Bryden Thomson.
    • Malcolm Arnold: Dances: Philharmonia, Thomson.
    • Chandos.
    • 9.
  • Scott Joplin

    Elite Syncopations

    Performer: Joshua Rifkin.
    • Joplin: Piano Rags: Joshua Rifkin.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Amanda Maier-Rontgen

    Violin sonata in B minor (3rd movt)

    Performer: Cecilia Zilliacus. Performer: Bengt Forsberg.
    • Amanda Maier, Volume 2; Violin sonata, 9 Pieces for violin and piano, 4 Songs.
    • db Productions.
    • 3.
  • Sergei Mikhailovich Lyapunov

    Symphony No 1 in B minor, Op 12 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Russian Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky.
    • Lyapunov: Violin Concerto: Symphony No.1.
    • Naxos.
    • 4.
  • Art Tatum

    Tiger Rag

  • William Bolcom

    The Graceful Ghost (3 Ghost Rags)

    Ensemble: Aeolus Quartet.
    • Longhorn Music.
  • Louis Moreau Gottschalk

    Columbia, Op 34

    Performer: Philip Martin.
    • Gottschalk Piano Music - Philip Martin.
    • Hyperion.
    • 11.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in A minor RV 356 (orig for violin) 'L'estro armonico' Op.3 no.6

    Performer: Avi Avital. Performer: Venice Baroque Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Jean Sibelius

    6 Impromptus, Op. 5: No. 6 Commodo

    Performer: Henri Sigfridsson.
    • Sibelius, Grieg & Scriabine: Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Vol. 34.
    • CAvi-music.
    • 106.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 7 in C major, 'Le midi'

    Director: Trevor Pinnock. Orchestra: The English Concert.
    • Archiv.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Tre sbirri... Te Deum (Tosca)

    Singer: Bryn Terfel. Singer: Balcarras Crafoord. Choir: Radiokören. Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Paul Daniel.
    • Bryn Terfel: Bad Boys; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 2.
  • Franz Schubert

    Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D 774 arr Hope

    Performer: Daniel Hope. Performer: Sebastian Knauer.
    • The Romantic Violinist, A celebration of Joseph Joachim: Daniel Hope.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 10.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Festina lente

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Sinfonietta. Conductor: Richard Studt.
    • The Very Best of Arvo Part.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 110.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Sexteto Mistico

    Ensemble: Lontano. Conductor: Odaline de la Martinez.
    • Villa-Lobos - Chamber & Choral Music.
    • Lorelt.
    • 001.
  • John Dowland

    Mrs Winter's Jump

    Performer: Jakob Lindberg.
    • BIS.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    Mazurka Oberek in D major

    Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Ensemble: Abbey Road Ensemble. Conductor: Lawrence Foster.
    • EMI.


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