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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: The Maidstone Movement, Pekka Kuusisto, Bruch's Kol Nidrei

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Ian Skelly. Plus inspirations from violinist Pekka Kuusisto.

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

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

1010 Musical Time Travellers – stories behind the music making of the British Isles.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • William Walton

    Spitfire Prelude

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Hyperion.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Overture to 'Le nozze di Figaro'

    Performer: David Owen Norris. Performer: Andrew Skidmore. Performer: Caroline Balding. Performer: Katy Bircher. Music Arranger: Johann Nepomuk Hummel.
    • Hyperion.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, iii. Scherzo

    Orchestra: Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • Atma Classique : ACD2 2708.
    • Atma Classique.
    • 3.
  • Claude Debussy

    La cathédrale engloutie (Preludes, Book 1)

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Debussy: Complete works for piano vol.1: Bavouzet.
    • Chandos.
    • 10.
  • Max Bruch

    Kol Nidrei, Op.47

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Decca.
  • Johannes Ockeghem

    Deo gratias - 36 part canon

    Choir: Huelgas Ensemble. Conductor: Paul Van Nevel.
    • Utopia Triumphans.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 004.
  • Franz Liszt

    Années de pèlerinage II, Supplément, S. 162: I. Gondoliera (From Venezia e Napol

    Performer: Boris Berezovsky.
    • 39ème Festival International de Piano de La Roque d'Anthéron.
    • Mirare.
    • 9.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sinfonia in D Major, BWV 1045

    Conductor: Bernhard Forck. Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
    • J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 18.
  • Ariel Ramírez

    Alfonsina y el mar (Mujeres Argentinas)

    Singer: Lucilla Galeazzi. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • Los Pajaros Perdidos.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
    • 2.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Holberg Suite (for piano solo), Op. 40; V Rigaudon

    Performer: Christian Ihle Hadland.
    • Simax.
  • Josef Suk

    Fantastic Scherzo

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • Martinu: Symphony No.6 Czech Phil Orch / Belohlavek.
    • Chandos.
    • 009.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Chichester Psalms: III. Psalm 131: Adonai, Adonai (Lord, Lord)

    Choir: Tenebrae. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • Symphonic Psalms & Prayers.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 303.
  • Pau Casals

    Song of the Birds (El Cant del Ocells)

    Performer: Pau Casals. Orchestra: Prades Festival Orchestra.
    • CBS.
  • Alonso Lobo

    Versa est in luctum

    Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Trad.

    Ruuneperin Katrilli

    Performer: JPP. Music Arranger: Arto Järvelä.
    • OLARIN MUSIIKKI OY.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in G major for 2 mandolins, RV 532

    Performer: Giovanni Scaramuzzino. Performer: Sonia Maurer. Orchestra: Europa Galante. Director: Fabio Biondi.
    • Vivaldi: Concert Per Mandolini: Europa Galante, Gabio Biondi.
    • Virgin Veritas.
  • Amy Woodforde-Finden

    Kashmiri Song (Four Indian Love Lyrics)

    Music Arranger: Stephen Hough. Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Hough - 'My Favourite Things': Virtuoso Encores and Transcriptions.
    • Nimbus Records.
    • 12.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Perpetuum mobile, Op 257

    Conductor: Iván Fischer. Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra.
    • Johann & Josef Strauss: Polkas.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 18.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Prelude. Vif & Forlane. Allegretto (Le Tombeau de Couperin)

    Performer: Albrecht Mayer. Music Arranger: Joachim Schmeisser. Conductor: Jakub Hrůša. Orchestra: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135: III. Lento assai, cantante e tranquil

    Ensemble: Casals Quartet.
    • Beethoven: Inventions 3.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 7.
  • John Dowland

    Fantasie, P1a

    Performer: Paul O’Dette.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Jonathan Dove

    Missa Brevis (Gloria)

    Performer: Edward Picton-Turbervill. Choir: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha.
    • Chandos.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Karabits.
    • Onyx.

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