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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Davis’s Pride and Prejudice, Clare Balding, Nigel Kennedy’s Four Seasons

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.

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist.

1010 Our Classical Century - 100 key moments in the last century of classical music.

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.

3 hours

Music Played

  • John Gardner

    Overture 'Midsummer Ale', Op 73

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones.
    • John Gardner: Piano Concerto no.1, Symphony no.1.
    • Naxos.
    • 001.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Zadok the priest, HWV 258

    Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey. Orchestra: The English Concert. Performer: Simon Preston. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Handel: Coronation Anthems: Preston, Pinnock.
    • Archiv Produktion.
  • Hubert Parry

    PIano Trio no.2 in B minor. ii Lento

    Ensemble: Leonore Piano Trio.
    • Hyperion.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Tale of Tsar Saltan (The Three Wonders)

    Orchestra: Seattle Symphony. Conductor: Gerard Schwarz.
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade.
    • Naxos.
    • 7.
  • Carl Davis

    Pride and Prejudice (Theme)

    Performer: Melvyn Tan. Orchestra: Orchestra. Conductor: Carl Davis.
    • Pride and Prejudice.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    Concert Waltz No 1 in D major, Op 47

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
  • Joseph Marx

    Castelli Romani: No. 3, Frascati

    Performer: David Lively. Orchestra: Bochumer Symphoniker. Conductor: Steven Sloane.
    • J. Marx: Piano Concerto in E Major "Romantic" & Castelli Romani.
    • Naxos.
    • 203.
  • Trad.

    Tarantella Italiana

    Director: Christina Pluhar. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata.
    • La Tarantella: L'Arpeggiata/Christine Pluhar.
    • Alpha.
    • 13.
  • Carl Davis

    Pride and Prejudice (Theme)

    Performer: Melvyn Tan. Orchestra: Orchestra. Conductor: Carl Davis.
    • Pride and Prejudice.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No 40 in G minor, K 550 (1st mvt)

    Conductor: Charles Mackerras. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphonies 38 - 41 Scottish Chamber Orchestra Sir Charle.
    • Linn.
    • 1.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    The Four Seasons, 'Spring'

    Performer: Nigel Kennedy. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra.
    • Vivaldi: The Four Seasons - Nigel Kennedy.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    The New Four Seasons: Winter - The End

    Composer: Nigel Kennedy. Performer: Nigel Kennedy. Orchestra: Orchestra of Life.
    • SONY.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Summer - 'His fears are only too true' (The New Four Seasons)

    Performer: Nigel Kennedy. Music Arranger: Nigel Kennedy. Ensemble: Orchestra of Life.
    • Sony.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsummer night's dream , Op.61 (Nocturne)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • LSO LIVE.
  • Jean‐Marie Leclair

    Flute Concerto in C Major, Op. 7 No. 3: I. Allegro

    Performer: Barthold Kuijken. Orchestra: Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra.
    • The Grand Mogul: Virtuosic Baroque Flute Concertos.
    • Naxos.
    • 7.
  • Geoffrey Burgon

    Brideshead Revisted (title theme)

    • VIRGIN.
  • Anon.


    Performer: Julian Bream. Performer: Catherine Mackintosh. Performer: Nancy Hadden. Performer: Jane Ryan. Performer: James Tyler. Performer: Robert Spencer. Ensemble: Julian Bream Consort.
    • Fantasies, Ayres and Dances: The Julian Bream Consort.
    • RCA Victor.
    • 11.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Andante for piano (WoO.57) in F major "Andante favori"

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Chandos.
  • Ignace Joseph Pleyel

    Clarinet Concerto in B flat major (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Paul Meyer. Orchestra: Liszt Ferenc Kamarazenekar. Conductor: Jean‐Pierre Rampal.
    • DENON.
  • Amy Beach

    Ah, love but a day (Three Browning Songs)

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Kate Royal.
    • A Lesson in Love: Kate Royal/Malcolm Martineau.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 14.
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Cantus Arcticus

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Hannu Lintu.
    • Naxos.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Etude romantique Op.132 for piano

    Performer: Johann Blanchard.
    • MDG.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    The Ruins of Athens, Op 113 (Overture)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: André Cluytens.
    • Beethoven The Collector's Edition 50 CDs The Masterpieces The Greatest Artists.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 4.
  • John Dunstable

    Quam pulchra es

    Choir: Tonus Peregrinus.
    • Dunstable: Sweet Harmony.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • Henry Purcell

    An Evening Hymn

    Performer: Christopher Hogwood. Performer: Anthony Rooley. Singer: Emma Kirkby.
    • DECCA.
  • Steve Reich

    Nagoya Marimbas

    Performer: Colin Currie. Performer: Sam Walton.
    • Striking A Balance: Contemporary Percussion Music.
    • EMI.
    • 12.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs

    Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • Tous les matins du monde: Original soundtrack.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 1.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Festive Symphony in E Major, Op. 6, JB 1:59: III. Scherzo

    Orchestra: Slovenská filharmónia. Conductor: Leoš Svárovský.
    • Smetana: Swedish Symphonic Poems.
    • Naxos.
    • 401.


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