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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Kind Hearts and Bishops, Liadov’s Enchanted Lake, Alistair McGowan

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

  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dance No 21 in E minor

    Music Arranger: Antonín Dvořák. Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • DECCA.
  • Erno Dohnanyi

    Rhapsody in C major, Op.11 no.3

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Stephen Hough's Dream Album.
    • Hyperion.
    • 11.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Dixit Dominus - Psalm 110 HWV.232 (opening chorus)

    Choir: Vox Luminis. Performer: Bart Jacobs. Conductor: Lionel Meunier.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Karabits.
    • Onyx.
  • Carl Stamitz

    Clarinet Concerto No. 3 in B-Flat Major: Presto

    Performer: Paul Meyer. Orchestra: Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester. Conductor: Johannes Schlaefli.
    • Stamitz: Clarinet Concertos Nos. 3-5.
    • CPO.
    • 9.
  • Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov

    The Enchanted Lake, Op.62

    Orchestra: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln. Conductor: Dmitri Georgievich Kitayenko.
    • Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov & Lyadov: Works.
    • Oehms Classics.
  • Cecilia McDowall

    Alma redemptoris Mater - motet for chorus

    Ensemble: Marian Consort. Director: Rory McCleery.
    • Music For The Queen Of Heaven.
    • DELPHIAN.
    • 5.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude and Fugue in E minor, Op 87 No 4

    Performer: Tatiana Nikolayeva.
    • Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues Op. 87: Tatiana Nicolayeva.
    • Hyperion.
    • 7.
  • Anton Webern

    Im Sommerwind

    Orchestra: Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Hänssler Classic.
  • Anoushka Shankar

    Say Your Prayers

    Composer: Manu Delago. Performer: Manu Delago.
    • Land of Gold.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 9.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Trio No 2 in C minor - 1st mvt

    Ensemble: Sitkovetsky Trio.
    • BIS.
  • Jean Sibelius

    The Swan of Tuonela (Lemminkainen Suite)

    Conductor: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Hannu Lintu.
    • ONDINE.
  • Claude Debussy

    La cathédrale engloutie (Preludes, Book 1)

    Performer: Noriko Ogawa.
    • Debussy: Preludes/Children's Corner: Ogawa.
    • BIS.
    • 10.
  • Henry Purcell

    Fairy Queen - Hornpipe in D minor

    Performer: Arcangelo. Performer: Jonathan Cohen.
    • Enchanted Forest.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 003.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Macbeth (Prelude)

    Orchestra: Filarmonica della Scala. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.
  • Richard Strauss

    Serenade in E flat major, Op 7

    Orchestra: Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • Strauss: Orchestral Works: Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich/Zinman.
    • Arte Nova Classics.
    • 14.
  • Morten Lauridsen

    O nata lux (Lux aeterna)

    Choir: VOCES8.
    • Lux.
    • Decca.
    • 11.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Figaro - concert transcription of 'Largo al factotum' ('Il barbiere di Siviglia)

    Music Arranger: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Performer: Aleksey Semenenko. Performer: Inna Firsova.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Iberia Suite orch Arbos (El Albaicin)

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Albeniz: Argerich, Barenboim.
    • Erato.
    • 5.
  • Vasily Kalinnikov

    Symphony No 1 in G minor (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • EXTON.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Fantaisie Op.79 for flute and piano

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Performer: Éric Le Sage.
    • ALPHA.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    Galliard à 6

    Ensemble: Phantasm.
    • Gibbons: Consorts for viols: Phantasm.
    • Avie.
    • 20.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No 6 in C major, D 589 (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Schubert: 8 Symphonies: Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 8.

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