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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Elgar's Third Symphony, Frank Skinner

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

  • Jean Sibelius

    Lemminkainen's Return (Lemminkainen, Op 22)

    Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Leif Segerstam.
    • ONDINE.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in B flat major K269/K261a

    Performer: Christian Tetzlaff. Orchestra: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
    • Mozart: The 5 Violin Concertos.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 17.
  • Clara Schumann

    Scherzo, Op.10

    Performer: Elena Gaponenko.
    • Hommage à Vienne.
    • Oehms Classics.
    • 101.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Lord, thou hast been our refuge

    Performer: Alison Balsom. Performer: Douglas Tang. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Director: Stephen Cleobury.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Symphony No 1 'Classical'

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • George Gershwin

    Summertime (Porgy and Bess)

    Performer: Anne‐Sophie Mutter. Performer: André Previn.
    • Simply Anne-Sophie.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Anon.


    Music Arranger: Christina Pluhar. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • NAIVE.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in A minor for recorder, two violins and continuo, RV108

    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico. Director: Giovanni Antonini.
    • TELDEC.
  • Dobrinka Tabakova

    Suite in Old Style (4th & 5th mvts)

    Performer: Maxim Rysanov. Performer: Vaiva Eidukaitytė-Storastienė. Orchestra: Lietuvos kamerinis orkestras.
    • String Paths.
    • ECM New Series.
    • 008.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Locus iste

    Choir: Tenebrae. Director: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Anthony Payne

    Time's Arrow

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • nmc.
  • Edward Elgar

    Symphony No 3

    Composer: Anthony Payne. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Six Variations in F major, Op 34

    Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
    • Beethoven: Variations: Cedric Tiberghien.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 5.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Holberg Suite, Op 40 (Praeludium)

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Grieg: Holberg Suite/Tchaikovsky: String Serenade: Orheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 1.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Pulcinella (Gavotta con due variazioni)

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Stravinsky: Complete Ballets and Symphonies: Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, r.
    • Decca.
  • Georges Bizet

    Symphony in C major (4th mvt)

    Conductor: Jukka‐Pekka Saraste. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
    • Ravel: Mother Goose, Bizet: Symphony in C.
    • Virgo.
  • Bob Dylan & The Band

    All Along The Watchtower (Live)

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-flat major, BWV.998, BV B.36 (1915)

    Performer: Wolf Harden. Music Arranger: Ferruccio Busoni.
    • NAXOS.
  • Luigi Boccherini

    Fandango (4th mvt from Quintet No. 4 (G.448) in D major)

    Performer: Giangiacomo Pinardi. Ensemble: Europa Galante. Director: Fabio Biondi.
    • Boccherini: Quintets: Europa Galante.
    • Virgin Veritas.
    • 4.
  • Franz Liszt

    Les préludes

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • Philips.
  • John Dowland

    Lachrimae verae

    Ensemble: Sit Fast Viol Consort.
    • Evidence EVCD034.
    • Evidence.
    • 7.
  • Benjamin Britten

    The Big Chariot; The Old Lute (Songs of the Chinese)

    Performer: John Williams. Singer: Wilfred Brown.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 94 in G major, 'Surprise' (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Op 28

    Performer: Janine Jansen. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
    • Janine Jansen.
    • Decca.
    • 4.


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