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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Pekka Kuusisto, Geminiani's Test, Janáček's Youth

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

  • George Gershwin

    Strike up the Band (Overture)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • Gershwin: An American in Paris: Shelley/BBC Phil./Tortelier.
    • Chandos.
    • 9.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: Act II: no.16, Finale

    Performer: Warren Lee.
    • Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Hess 90.
    • Naxos.
    • 18.
  • Ruth Gipps

    Horn Concerto, Op 58 (1st mvt)

    Performer: David Pyatt. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Braithwaite.
    • British Horn Concertos.
    • LYRITA.
    • 10.
  • John Taverner

    Sanctus (Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas)

    Choir: Choir of Christ Church College, Oxford. Conductor: Stephen Darlington.
    • Avie.
  • Leos Janáček

    Youth (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe Wind Soloists.
    • Dvorak; Janacek; Hummel etc.
    • ASV.
    • 5.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Divertimento in E flat major, K.113

    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Director: Alexander Janiczek.
    • Mozart: Serenades: Janiczek/Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
    • Linn.
    • 12-15.
  • Thomas Adès

    Les tours de passe-passe (Three Studies from Couperin)

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Thomas Adès.
    • Ades: Tevot; Violin Concerto etc..
    • EMI Classics.
    • 6.
  • Franz Schubert

    Klavierstück (Piano Piece) in E flat minor, D 946 No 1

    Performer: Paul Lewis.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov

    Kikimora, Op 63

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Phillips.
  • Turlough O'Carolan

    Abigail Judge

    Performer: Jordi Savall. Performer: Andrew Lawrence‐King. Performer: Frank McGuire.
    • The Celtic Viol 2: Savall/Lawrence-King/McGuire.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 16.
  • Francesco Geminiani

    Concerto Grosso No 5 in G minor after Corelli (4th mvt)

    Performer: Daniel Hope. Performer: Lorenza Borrani. Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 17.
  • Turlough O'Carolan

    Planxty O'Daly

    Performer: Jordi Savall. Performer: Andrew Lawrence‐King. Performer: Frank McGuire.
    • The Celtic Viol 2: Savall/Lawrence-King/McGuire.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 17.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Scherzo capriccioso, Op 66

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • Dvorak: Symphonic Variations etc: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Mackerras.
    • Supraphon.
    • 2.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Wind Quintet, Op 43 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Ensemble Wien-Berlin.
    • Carl Nielsen / Paul Taffanel - Wind Quintets.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 1-4.
  • Edward Elgar

    The Wand of Youth Suite No 1 (Fairy Pipers)

    Conductor: Neville Marriner. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
    • Capriccio.
  • Joan Trimble

    Sonatina for two pianos

    Performer: Una Hunt. Performer: Roy Holmes.
    • Joan Trimble: Songs & Music for Two Pianos.
    • Marco Polo.
    • 7-9.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Humeresques op.89 (no.5)

    Performer: Pekka Kuusisto. Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta.
    • Works for Violin and Orchestra.
    • ONDINE.
    • 5.
  • Claude Debussy

    Saxophone Rhapsody

    Performer: Theodore Kerkezos. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Yuri Ivanovich Simonov.
    • Legende: Theodore Kerkezos.
    • Onyx.
  • John Adams

    China Gates

    Performer: Gloria Cheng.
    • iano Music of John Adams and Terry Riley: Gloria Cheng-Cochran.
    • Telarc.
  • Joseph Haydn

    L'Isola disabitata (Overture)

    Orchestra: Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Haydn: Operas, Vol.2: Antal Dorati.
    • Philips.
  • György Ligeti

    Six Bagatelles (no.3)

    Ensemble: Ensemble Ouranos. Conductor: Amaury Viduvier.
    • Ligeti, Nielsen & Dvorak: Woodwind Quintets.
    • NoMadMusic.
    • 103.
  • Henry Purcell

    O dive custos Auriacae domus Z.504 (O dive custos)

    Singer: Zsuzsi Tóth. Singer: Sara Jäggi. Performer: Masato Suzuki. Performer: Ricardo Rodriguez Miranda. Conductor: Lionel Meunier.
    • Ricercar.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    String Quartet No 6 in F minor, Op 80 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Christophe Giovaninetti. Performer: Luc-Marie Aguera. Performer: Michel Poulet. Performer: Miguel da Silva. Ensemble: Quatuor Ysaÿe.
    • Mendelssohn: String Quartets Opp. 12, 13, 80: Quatuor Ysaye.
    • Decca.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Study in C minor, Op 25 No 12

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Chopin: Etudes Op.10 & Op.25: Murray Perahia.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 24.
  • Béla Bartók

    Two Pictures for orchestra (Village Dance)

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Bartok: Tw Pictures, Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
    • Decca.
    • 7.


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