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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Clara Novello Davies, Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No 1, 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

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade in G major, K 525, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' (4th mvt)

    Conductor: Jordi Savall. Orchestra: Concert Des Nations.
    • Mozart: Serenate, Notturne, Eine kleine Nachtmusik: Le Concert de Nations, Jordi.
    • Alia Vox.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    Overture in the style of a tragedy

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Howard Shelley.
    • Hyperion.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude and Fugue in C major, Op 87 No 1

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
    • Shostakovich The Preludes & Fugues Alexander Melnikov Piano.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Zefiro torna, e di soavi accenti

    Singer: Magdalena Kožená. Singer: Anna Prohaska. Orchestra: La Cetra Barockorchester Basel. Conductor: Andrea Marcon.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • George Enescu

    2 Romanian Rhapsodies, Op. 11: No. 1 in A Major

    Conductor: Mariss Jansons. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • Rhapsody (Live).
    • BR-Klassik.
    • 3.
  • Richard Strauss

    Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4 (arr. voice, clarinet & piano)

    Performer: Julian Bliss. Performer: Christopher Glynn. Music Arranger: Julian Bliss. Music Arranger: Christopher Glynn. Singer: Ailish Tynan.
    • The Shepherd on the Rock.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 014.
  • Robert Schumann

    Humoreske, Op 88 No 2 (Phantasiestücke)

    Performer: Renaud Capuçon. Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Gautier Capuçon.
    • Live from the Lugano Festival 2009, Martha Argerich and friends.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 2.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Fireworks, Op.4

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
    • BMG.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Valse-caprice in A flat major, Op 76, 'Wedding Cake'

    Performer: Stephen Hough. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • Hyperion.
  • Santiago de Murcia

    Folias españolas

    Performer: William Carter.
    • Linn : CKD-288.
    • Linn.
    • 1.
  • Ivor Novello

    Easy to Live With

    Performer: Simon Lepper. Singer: Kitty Whately.
  • Ivor Novello

    Up There

    Performer: Simon Lepper. Singer: Kitty Whately.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Oboe d'Amore Concerto in A Major, BWV.1055a

    Performer: Marcel Ponseele. Ensemble: Il Gardellino.
    • Bach: Oboe Concertos.
    • Accent.
    • 7-9.
  • Béla Bartók

    Romanian Folk Dances

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Bartok: Orchestral Works Vol.1: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer.
    • Philips.
    • 8.
  • Traditional Romanian

    Ciocarlia [Skylark]

    Performer: Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Performer: Emilia Kopatchinskaja. Performer: Viktor Kopatchinsky.
    • rapsodia.
    • Naive.
    • 1.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Berceuse in D flat major, Op 57

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Perahia Plays Chopin.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    My Homeland, Op 62

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Libor Pešek.
    • Dvorak: Czech Suite/American Suite Overtures: Pesek.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 4.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in A flat major, D 899 No 4

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DG.
  • Luiz Bonfá

    Manha de Carnaval [Morning of Carnival]

    Performer: Andreas Ottensamer. Performer: Daniel Ottensamer. Performer: Ernst Ottensamer. Performer: František Jánoška.
    • DG.
  • William Byrd

    Laudibus in sanctis

    Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
    • An Immortal Legacy: The Sixteen/Harry Christophers.
    • Coro.
    • 19.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Summer Night: Suite from 'The Duenna', Op.123: IV Dreams

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Clara Schumann

    Romance No 3 in B flat major, Op 22

    Performer: Lisa Batiashvili. Performer: Alice Sara Ott.
    • Lisa Batiashvili plays Brahms & C. Schumann.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 6.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Scherzando No.5 in E major Hob. 2/37

    Ensemble: Haydn Sinfonietta Wien. Conductor: Manfred Huss.
    • BIS.
  • George Enescu

    Piano Sonata No 1 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Mihai Ritivoiu.
    • GENUIN.

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