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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Reich's New York Counterpoint, Rebecca Clarke's New Flat, Pekka Kuusisto

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

  • Isaac Albéniz

    Iberia: El Puerto

    Orchestrator: Enrique Arbos. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Enrique Bátiz.
    • Albeniz: Orchestral music: Batiz.
    • Regis.
    • 4.
  • Ilkka Kuusisto

    Concertino improvvisando - 2nd mvt 'Slow and Sweet'

    Performer: Pekka Kuusisto. Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jaako Kuusisto.
    • BIS.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 75 in D Major - 4th mvt Finale

    Performer: Ivan Ilić.
    • Chandos.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 8 in F major, Op 93 (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Gewandhaus Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.
  • Germaine Tailleferre

    Pastorale for flute and piano

    Performer: Emily Beynon. Performer: Andrew West.
    • HYPERION.
  • Steve Reich

    Electric Counterpoint: II. Slow

    Performer: Pat Metheny.
    • NONESUCH.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Violin Concerto in A minor, Op 53 (3rd mvt,Finale.Allegro giocoso,ma non troppo)

    Performer: Josef Spacek. Performer: Josef Spacek-violin. Performer: Czech Philharmonic. Performer: Jiří Bělohlávek. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • DVORAK-SUK-JANACEK/Violin Concertos/Josef SPACEK.
    • Supraphon.
    • 005.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Filiae maestae Jerusalem, RV 638: II. "Sileant Zephyri"

    Singer: Philippe Jaroussky. Ensemble: Ensemble Artaserse.
    • Pietà - Sacred works.
    • Erato/Warner Classics.
    • 115.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Alborada del gracioso (Miroirs)

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Stephen Hough's French Album.
    • hyperion.
    • 007.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    The Blue bird

    Choir: Gabrieli Consort. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • McCreesh: Silence & Music.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 1.
  • John Williams

    Hedwig's Theme

    Performer: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nic Raine.
    • Music from the Harry Potter Films.
    • Silva Screen.
    • 15.
  • Rebecca Clarke

    Viola Sonata: II. Vivace

    Performer: Ellen Nisbeth. Ensemble: Bengt Forsberg.
    • Let Beauty Awake.
    • BIS.
    • 5.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Piano Trio in D minor, Op 120 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Gil Shaham. Performer: Akira Eguchi. Performer: Brinton Smith.
    • Canary Classics.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Spem in alium

    Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Mike Oldfield

    Tubular Bells (excerpt)

    Performer: Mike Oldfield.
    • Virgin.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka In A Flat, Op. 50/2

    Performer: Pavel Kolesnikov.
    • Chopin: Mazurkas.
    • Hyperion.
    • 001.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Lyrical Waltz (Seven Dolls' Dances)

    Performer: Lisa Batiashvili. Orchestrator: Tamás Batiashvili. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • DG.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Serenade No 1 in D major, Op 11 (Rondo)

    Orchestra: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Robin Ticciati.
    • Tudor.
  • Antonio Valente

    Gallarda Napolitana

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Franz Schubert

    Trout Quintet (Theme and Variations)

    Ensemble: Belcea Quartet. Performer: Thomas Adès. Performer: Corin Long.
    • Ades, Schubert: Piano Quintets: Ades.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Aaron Jay Kernis

    Musica Celestis arr. the composer for string orchestra

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Hugh Wolff.
    • Kernis: Second Symphony, Musica Celestis etc..
    • Argo.
    • 004.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Orchestral Suite No 4 in D major, BWV 1069 (Menuett 1 and 2)

    Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Ton Koopman.
    • J.S. Bach, Orchestral Suites, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra / Ton Koopman.
    • RCA.
    • 11.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    English Folk Song Suite

    Music Arranger: Gordon Jacob. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • Made in Britain: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/John Wilson.
    • Avie.
    • 7.

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