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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Alistair McGowan, Arnold’s Beckus Dandipratt, Harold Godwinson’s Arrow

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

  • Leos Janáček

    Fanfare (Sinfonietta)

    Conductor: Charles Mackerras. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic.
    • Janacek: Sinfonietta/Taras Bulba: Wiener Philharmoniker/Mackerras.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto in C, K.467; ii) Andante

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. Orchestra: Manchester Camerata. Conductor: Gábor Takács‐Nagy.
    • Chandos.
  • Herbert Howells

    Rhapsodic Quintet

    Performer: Dame Thea King. Ensemble: Richards Ensemble.
    • LYRITA.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Rondo in G minor, Op.94

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Stephen Hough.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Beckus the Dandipratt

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • LPO.
  • Clara Schumann

    Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Op 16 No 1

    Performer: Hélène Boschi.
    • Clara Schumann Piano Works.
    • 001.
  • Christopher Simpson

    April; May; June (The Monthes)

    Ensemble: Sonnerie.
    • Virgin Veritas.
  • Luciano Berio

    Rendering - after Schubert

    Orchestra: Houston Symphony. Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach.
    • Koch.
  • Joseph Haydn

    The Storm, H XXIVa 8

    Choir: NDR Chor. Orchestra: Gottingen Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas McGegan.
    • Handel: Dettingen Te Deum: Nicholas McGegan.
    • Carus.
  • Anon.

    Pia Mater Salvatoris

    Choir: Gothic Voices. Director: Christopher Page.
    • LINN.
  • Anon.

    Digentis vita/Cum vix artidici

    Choir: Gothic Voices. Director: Christopher Page.
    • Hyperion.
  • George Gershwin

    Love walked in, piano solo

    Performer: Geoffrey Saba.
    • Great piano transcriptions: Geoffrey Saba.
    • I.M.P..
    • 9.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Balletti lamentabili

    Performer: Catherine Weiss. Performer: Katherine McGillivray. Performer: Anna McDonald. Performer: Richard Boothby. Performer: Robert Woolley. Ensemble: The Purcell Quartet.
    • Biber: Sacro-Profanum: The Purcell Quartet.
    • Chandos.
    • 3.
  • Richard Strauss

    Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

    Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Manfred Honeck.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Arietta, Op.12/1

    Performer: Alistair McGowan.
    • Sony.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ballet music from Idomeneo

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Mozart: Symphonies 41 & 40 - Marc Minkowski.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 5.
  • Emily Howard


    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Gourlay.
    • NMC: NMC-D192.
    • NMC.
    • 5.
  • Louise Farrenc

    Piano Quintet in A minor, Op 30 (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Schubert Ensemble of London.
    • ASV.
  • Gabriel Dupont

    La Maison dans les dunes: I. Dans les dunes, par un clair matin

    Performer: Marie-Catherine Girod.
    • Gabriel Dupont: La Maison dans les dunes - Gustave Samazeuilh: Le Chant de la me.
    • Mirare.
    • 101.
  • Joaquín Turina

    Escena andaluza, Op 7

    Orchestra: Nash Ensemble.
    • Turina Chamber Music The Nash Ensemble.
    • Hyperion.
  • Richard Addinsell

    Warsaw Concerto

    Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Hugh Wolff.
    • Warsaw Concerto: Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
    • Decca.
    • 1.


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