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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Clare Balding, The Three Tenors, Mozart’s Hell scene from Don Giovanni

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music presented by Ian Skelly. Ian's guest this week is broadcaster and writer Clare Balding.

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0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. This morning's starter is one of the most dramatic and chilling of operatic scenes - unrepentant evil-doer Don Giovanni is dragged into hell at the end of Mozart's great opera. Other musical highlights today include Schubert's Rondo brilliant for violin and piano, and Szymanowski's dazzling Concert Overture.

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 key moments in the last century of classical music. Kate Romano on The Three Tenors.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the broadcaster and writer Clare Balding.

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

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Music Played

  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Air des esprits infernaux (Zoroastre)

    Orchestra: European Union Baroque Orchestra. Director: Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
    • Baroque Suites: European Union Baroque Orchestra/Mortensen.
    • Classical Communications.
    • 7-8.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in F major, Op 15 No 1

    Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • Nelson Freire: Chopin, The Nocturnes.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Gustav Holst

    Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (The Planets)

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • Holst: The Planets, Op. 32 - Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36.
    • BIS.
    • 204.
  • Joan Trimble

    Green Rain (Three Songs)

    Performer: Una Hunt. Singer: Patricia Bardon.
    • Trimble: 2 Pianos - Songs and Chamber Music.
    • Naxos.
    • 5.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Violin Sonata in D major, RV 816

    Performer: Anton Steck. Ensemble: Modo Antiquo.
    • Naive.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    A cenar teco m'invitasti (Don Giovanni)

    Singer: Bryn Terfel. Choir: Radiokören. Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Paul Daniel.
    • Bryn Terfel: Bad Boys; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 15.
  • Graham Fitkin

    Danse Real

    Ensemble: Graham Fitkin Band.
    • GFCD.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Dumka (Piano Quintet in A)

    Performer: Veronika Jarůšková. Performer: Marek Zwiebel. Performer: Radim Sedmidubský. Performer: Peter Jarůšek. Performer: Boris Giltburg.
    • Dvorak - Quintets Op.81 & 97.
    • Supraphon.
    • 2.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Four Cornish Dances for orchestra, Op 91 (No 4)

    Performer: Hugh Bean. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Bryden Thomson.
    • Malcolm Arnold: Dances: Philharmonia, Thomson.
    • Chandos.
    • 16.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La Cenerentola (Overture)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Our Classical Century: The Three Tenors

  • Giacomo Puccini

    Nessun dorma (Turandot)

    Singer: José Carreras. Singer: Plácido Domingo. Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Orchestra: Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Orchestra: Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
    • Decca.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    The Pines of Rome

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Muti.
    • EMI.
  • William Byrd

    Fantasia no. 1 in F major for consort a 6

    Ensemble: Phantasm.
    • Byrd: Consort Music.
    • LINN.
    • 10.
  • Hector Berlioz

    La Damnation de Faust - Pt. IV, Scène XVIII - La course à l'abîme & Pandaemonium

    Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Berlioz: La damnation de Faust.
    • Lso Live.
    • 215.
  • Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

    Violin concerto no.10 in D major - 3rd movement, Presto

    Performer: Qian Zhou. Orchestra: Toronto Camerata. Conductor: Kevin Mallon.
    • Saint-George: Complete Violin Concertos, Vol.2.
    • NAXOS.
    • 6.
  • Clare Balding on her love of Black Beauty

  • Denis King

    Galloping Home

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Stanley Black.
  • Franz Schubert

    Rondo in B minor, D 895, 'Rondo brillant'

    Performer: Julia Fischer. Performer: Martin Helmchen.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Concert Overture, Op 12

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Chandos.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Italian Concerto - 3rd mvt: Presto

    Music Arranger: Kokio Tochi. Ensemble: Ferio Saxophone Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Philip Glass

    Wichita Vortex Sutra

    Performer: Philip Glass.
    • Philip Glass, Solo piano.
    • CBS.
  • James Oswald

    Sonata on Scots Tunes

    Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia. Director: David McGuinness.
    • James Oswald: Colin's Kisses: Concerto Caledonia.
    • Linn.
    • 014.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Cosi fan tutte - Act 1 finale

    Singer: Montserrat Caballé. Singer: Janet Baker. Singer: Nicolai Gedda. Singer: Wladimiro Ganzarolli. Singer: Ileana Cotrubaș. Singer: Richard Van Allen. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • Philips.


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