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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Frank Skinner, Princess Diana's Funeral, Ives' The Fourth of July

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music presented Ian Skelly. Our guest this week is broadcaster, writer and comedian Frank Skinner.

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 writer, actor, comedian and presenter Frank Skinner.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Water music - suite (HWV.350) in D major, Trumpet minuet

    Performer: Simon Standage. Performer: Elizabeth Wilcock. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock. Orchestra: The English Concert.
    • Handel: Water Music: The English Concert/Pinnock.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 19.
  • Stephen Foster

    The Voice of Bygone Days

    Performer: David Alpher. Singer: Thomas Hampson.
    • ANGEL.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise in C sharp minor, Op 26 No 1

    Performer: Elisabeth Leonskaja.
    • Teldec.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Wind Octet in E flat major, Op 103 (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Bläserensemble Sabine Meyer.
    • Beethoven: Octet etc.: Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    La Perichole (opening)

    Choir: Bordeaux Opera Chorus. Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Bru Zane.
  • Charles Ives

    The Fourth of July (A Symphony: New England Holidays)

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Trio Sonata in C major, RV 82

    Performer: Avi Avital. Performer: Mahan Esfahani. Performer: Ophira Zakai. Performer: Patrick Sepec.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    The Fair Melusina, Op 32

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • William Walton

    The First Shoot arr for brass band

    Ensemble: London Collegiate Brass. Conductor: James Stobart.
    • Walton/Tippett/Britten/Ireland: London Collegiate Brass/Stobart.
    • CRD.
  • John Hughes

    Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer [Cwm Rhondda]

    Performer: Martin Baker. Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey. Conductor: Martin Neary.
  • John Tavener

    Song for Athene

    Performer: BBC Singers. Conductor: Peter Phillips.
  • John Taverner

    In nomine a 4

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
  • Rebecca Clarke

    Piano Trio (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Storioni Trio.
    • Ars Produktion.
  • Peter Maxwell Davies

    An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise

    Performer: Nancy Crutcher Tunnicliffe. Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
    • Pops Britannia: John Williams/Boston Pops Orchestra.
    • Philips.
  • George Butterworth

    The cuckoo (11 Folk-songs from Sussex)

    Singer: Roderick Williams. Performer: Iain Burnside.
    • George Butterworth, Songs from A Shropshire Lad: Williams / Burnside.
    • Naxos.
    • 25.
  • John Adams

    Chamber Symphony; 3rd mvmt 'Roadrunner'

    Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
    • Warner.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in G major, Op 49 No 2

    Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Opp.26, 27 & 49.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 19.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No.12 in E major

    Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • ALPHA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    The Marriage of Figaro: 'I don't know what it is that I'm feeling'

    Singer: Diana Montague. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: David Parry.
    • Chandos.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Cello Sonata in G minor: 3rd movement Largo

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Dénes Várjon.
    • Hyperion.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    O clap your hands together

    Choir: Stile Antico.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Frederick Delius

    Brigg Fair

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • English Rhapsody: Butterworth; Delius; Grainger.
    • Halle.
    • 7-11.


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