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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Alistair McGowan, Leonardo’s Last Work, Delius’s Summer Night on the River

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.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Sonata a 22 S.241 [1615 no.20]

    Ensemble: Berlin Brass. Director: Lucas Vis.
  • Frederic Lamond

    Aus dem Schottischen Hochlande, Op 4 [ From the Scottish Highlands]

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Hyperion.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade in F major, Op 38

    Performer: Garrick Ohlsson.
    • Hyperion.
  • Frederick Delius

    Summer Night on the River

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • HALLE.
  • Roxanna Panufnik

    Deus est Caritas

    Performer: Rupert Jeffcoat. Choir: Ex Cathedra Choir. Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore.
    • Roxanna Panufnik: Celestial Bird.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 8.
  • Padre Antonio Soler


    Performer: Andreas Staier.
    • TELDEC.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Exsultate, jubilate, K165 (1st mvt)

    Singer: Danielle de Niese. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • The Mozart Album: Danielle de Niese.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Erik Satie

    Gnossienne No 5

    Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
    • Decca.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Dance of the Cockerels (Maskarade)

    Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Les Paladins (Air gay)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Gustav Leonhardt.
    • Rameau: Suite Les Paladins: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Leonhardt.
    • Philips.
  • Eric Whitacre

    Leonardo dreams of his flying machine

    Choir: Eric Whitacre Singers. Choir: Laudibus. Conductor: Eric Whitacre.
    • Eric Whitacre, Light & Gold.
    • Decca.
    • 9.
  • Franz Schubert

    Rosamunde, D 797 (Ballet in G major)

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: James Judd.
    • Classical Masterpieces: English Chamber Orchestra/James Judd.
    • Novalis.
    • 5.
  • Claude Debussy

    Petite Suite orch Busser (En bateau)

    Music Arranger: Henri Büsser. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Louis Lane.
    • The Debussy Collection.
    • Sony.
  • George Gershwin


    Performer: Miles Davis. Director: Gil Evans.
    • Columbia.
  • Dorothy Howell

    The Moorings for violin and piano

    Performer: Lorraine McAslan. Performer: Sophia Rahman.
    • Dutton.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Suite española (Sevilla)

    Performer: Miloš Karadaglić. Music Arranger: John Williams.
    • The Guitar: Milos Karadaglic/English Chamber Orchestra/Paul Watkins.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 3.
  • Edward Elgar

    Chanson de nuit, Op. 15 No. 1, arr. Cassidy

    Music Arranger: Brodsky Quartet. Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • Petits-Fours: Favourite Encores: Brodsky Quartet.
    • Chandos.
    • 7.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sinfonia from Cantata No 29 arr Kempff

    Performer: Angela Hewitt. Music Arranger: Wilhelm Kempff.
    • Bach Arrangements: Angela Hewitt.
    • Hyperion.
  • Léo Delibes

    Sous le dôme épais (Lakmé)

    Singer: Anna Netrebko. Singer: Elīna Garanča. Orchestra: Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marco Armiliato.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • John Dowland


    Performer: Thomas Dunford.
    • ALPHA.
  • George Butterworth

    The Banks of Green Willow

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony: LSO/Hickox.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Richard Strauss

    Capriccio (Sextet)

    Orchestra: Gewandhaus Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • DECCA.


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