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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Garden Gnomes, Alistair McGowan, Smetana's Prague Carnival

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Dmitri Kabalevsky

    Colas Breugnon - Overture

    Orchestra: Malmö SymfoniOrkester. Conductor: Darrell Ang.
    • Kabalevsky: Works for Orchestra.
    • NAXOS.
    • 1.
  • Michiru Oshima

    Memories

    Performer: Hilary Hahn. Performer: Cory Smythe.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Concerto No 2 in E flat major, K 417

    Performer: Alessio Allegrini. Orchestra: Orchestra Mozart. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Mozart: Horn Concertos: Allegrini/Orchestra Mozart/Claudio Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Loquebantur variis linguis for 7 voices

    Choir: ORA. Conductor: Suzi Digby.
    • Many are the Wonders.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 11.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Prague Carnival

    Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
    • Smetana: Orchestral Works Vol. 1: BBC Phil, Noseda.
    • Chandos.
    • 6.
  • Graham Fitkin

    Flak

    Performer: Eleanor Alberga. Performer: Graham Fitkin. Performer: Shelagh Sutherland. Performer: Errollyn Wallen.
    • Flak.
    • Factory Records.
    • 004.
  • Claude Debussy

    Première rhapsodie

    Performer: Franklin Cohen. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • Debussy: Nocturnes/La Mer/Jeux: Boulez.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 4.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Va tacito (from Giulio Cesare)

    Performer: Hector McDonald. Singer: Marijana Mijanovic. Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Handel: Julius Caesar (highlights): Mackerras.
    • Archiv.
    • 25.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Trio in C minor, Op.1`3 (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Hungarian Trio.
    • Beethoven The Collector's Edition 50 CDs The Masterpieces The Greatest Artists.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 4.
  • Gustav Holst

    A Somerset Rhapsody, Op 21 No 2

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Barbara Strozzi

    L'amante modesto

    Ensemble: Orlando di Lasso Ensemble.
    • Thorofon.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Carnival Overture, op 92

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Karel Ančerl.
    • Dvorak: Overtures: Karl Ancerl.
    • Supraphon.
    • 2.
  • George Gershwin

    Variations on 'I got rhythm' for piano and orchestra

    Performer: Orion Weiss. Orchestra: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Gershwin: Piano Concerto: Weiss/Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/Falletta.
    • NAXOS.
    • 005.
  • John Field

    Nocturne no.5 in B flat major

    Performer: Alistair McGowan.
    • SONY CLASSICS.
  • Robert Schumann

    Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op 52

    Orchestra: WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. Conductor: Heinz Holliger.
    • AUDITE.
  • Rued Langgaard

    Rose Garden Play (Mozart)

    Ensemble: Nightingale String Quartet.
    • Rued Langgaard: String Quartets Vol.2.
    • Da Capo.
    • 2.
  • Jules Massenet

    Danse flamande (Le carillon)

    Conductor: Richard Bonynge. Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Decca.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Crisantemi

    Ensemble: Puccini Quartet.
    • Puccini,Catalani: String Music: Puccini Quartet.
    • ASV.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Der Freischütz (Overture)

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Philips.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 scherzo

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • DG.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Phaëton, Op 39

    Performer: Anthony Newman. Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • Saint-Saens: Organ Symphony/Tone Poems: Pittsburgh Symphony/Maazel.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 5.

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