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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Chabrier's L'Etoile Overture, First Proms in the Park, 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

  • Antonio Salieri

    Cublai, great khan of the Tartars (Overture)

    Orchestra: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Matthias Bamert.
    • Salier: Symphonies, Overtures and Variations.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Danse païenne, Op 158

    Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Performer: Peter Jablonski.
    • DG.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto grosso in F Major, Op. 6 No. 2 Largo

    Conductor: Bernhard Forck. Ensemble: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
    • Handel: Concerti grossi, Op. 6 Nos. 1-6.
    • 8.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto grosso in F Major, Op. 6 No. 2 Allegro, ma non troppo

    Conductor: Bernhard Forck. Ensemble: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
    • Handel: Concerti grossi, Op. 6 Nos. 1-6.
    • 9.
  • Josef Suk

    Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 8 - Scherzo: Presto

    Orchestra: Nash Ensemble.
    • HELIOS : CDH 55416.
    • Helios.
    • 10.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Scherzi musicali (1632): Zefiro torna

    Singer: Anna Prohaska. Singer: Magdalena Kožená. Orchestra: La Cetra Barockorchester Basel. Director: Andrea Marcon.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    L'Étoile (Overture)

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Neeme Jarvi conducts Chabrier.
    • Chandos.
    • 11.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Fantaisie-tableaux, Op.5 (Barcarolle)

    Performer: André Previn. Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Rachmaninov: Suites 1&2: Ashkenazy/Previn.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Cristóbal de Morales

    Parce mihi Domine

    Performer: Jan Garbarek. Choir: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • ECM.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Serenata española, Op 181 arr for cello and piano

    Performer: Alban Gerhardt. Performer: Rina Dokshinsky.
    • Music for Cello and Piano: Gerhardt/Dokshinsky.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 8.
  • Leó Weiner

    Divertimento No 1 for Strings

    Orchestra: Budapesti Vonósok.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Candide - comic operetta in 2 acts, Overture

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • Virgin.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Water Music: Suite I (Alla Hornpipe)

    Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • Alia Vox.
  • Bill Whelan


    Performer: Bill Whelan.
    • Unknown.
  • Gerry Goffin

    The Loco-Motion

    Composer: Carole King.
    • Kylie (Deluxe Edition) CD1.
    • Unknown.
    • 2.
  • Hubert Parry

    I was glad

    Choir: BBC National Chorus of Wales. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Grant Llewellyn.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    String Symphony No 7 in D minor (4th mvt)

    Conductor: Lev Markiz. Orchestra: Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
    • Mendelssohn: The Complete String Symphonies: Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Lev Ma.
    • Bis.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Ave Maris Stella

    Choir: Norwegian Soloists' Choir. Conductor: Grete Pedersen.
    • BIS.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    Ruddigore - Overture

    Music Arranger: Hamilton Clarke. Orchestra: Sadler’s Wells Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Simon Phipps.
    • Gilbert and Sullivan Overtures: Various performers.
    • TER.
    • 7.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Cosi fan tutte, K.588 (Soave sia il vento)

    Singer: Hillevi Martinpelto. Singer: Alison Hagley. Singer: Sir Thomas Allen. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Simon Rattle on EMI Classics.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Joseph Bodin de Boismortier

    Serenade No 1 'Simphonie francoise', Op 39 (Chaconne)

    Orchestra: Le Concert Spirituel. Director: Hervé Niquet.
    • Boirmortier: Ballets de Village: Serenade.
    • Naxos.
    • 23.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Pavane pour une infante défunte arr for orchestra

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Pavane - Ravel, Satie & Faure: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Frank Bridge

    Capriccio No 2 in F sharp minor

    Performer: Kathryn Stott.
    • Bridge - PIano Sonata etc Kathryn Stott.
    • Conifer.
    • 3.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No 5 in E flat major, Op 82 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • Sibelius: Orchestral Works: Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Johann Christoph Bach

    Ach das ich Wassers g'nug hatte

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Ensemble: Concerto di Viole. Ensemble: Basel Consort.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Variations on a theme of Paganini for two pianos

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • Rachmaninov:Suite No.2 /Ravel a Valse/Lutoslawski:/Paganini Variations - Argeric.
    • Philips.
    • 6.
  • Walter Piston

    Symphony no 2: Adagio

    Orchestra: Seattle Symphony. Conductor: Gerard Schwarz.
    • Delos.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Salvator Mundi I

    Choir: Stile Antico.
    • The Phoenix Rising: Stile Antico.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 2.
  • Uuno Klami

    Suomenlinna Overture

    Orchestra: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Jorma Panula.
    • Naxos.


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