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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: The English Mozart, Tracy Chevalier, Bach's Coffee Cantata

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Ian Skelly.

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 author Tracy Chevalier, best known for her novel “Girl with a Pearl Earring”.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Edvard Grieg

    Symphonic Dance Op 64 no.1

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • Grieg: Peer Gynt: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Orama.
    • Erato.
    • 10.
  • Jacques Morel

    Suite premiere en La Mineur: I. Prelude

    Ensemble: Fuoco e Cenere.
    • Morel: Pièces de viole (1709).
    • Paraty.
    • 1.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Concertino, Op.107

    Performer: Sharon Bezaly. Orchestra: Residentie Orkest. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Great works for flute and orchestra.
    • BIS.
    • 007.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    String Quartet No 14 in A flat major, Op 105 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Gábor Takács‐Nagy. Performer: Károly Schranz. Performer: Gábor Ormai. Performer: András Fejér. Ensemble: Takács Quartet.
    • Dvorak: String Quartets: Takacs Quartet.
    • Decca.
    • 10.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Coffee, I must have coffee (Coffee-Cantata, BWV.211)

    Singer: Carolyn Sampson. Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan. Director: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • J.S.Bach: Secular Cantatas BWV 210 & 211.
    • BIS.
    • 14.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Autumn, from the Ballet of the Four Seasons (I vespri siciliani)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Edward Downes.
    • Preludes, Overtures and Ballet Music Vol. 3.
    • Chandos.
    • 7.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto grosso (Op.3`4) in F major

    Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Handel: Concerti Grossi Op.3: English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner.
    • Apex.
    • 17.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude in G minor, Op 23 No 5

    Performer: Howard Shelley.
    • Hyperion.
  • Johan Svendsen

    Norwegian Rhapsody No 1, Op 17

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Svendsen: Orchestral Works, Vol.1: Thorsen, BPO, Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
    • 9.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    O radiant dawn (Strathclyde Motets)

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • MacMillan/Allegri: Queen of Heaven: The Sixteen.
    • Coro.
    • 6.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Cello Sonata No 2 in F major, Op 123 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Mats Lidström. Performer: Bengt Forsberg.
    • Camille Saint-Saens: Music for Cello: Lidstrom/Forsberg.
    • Hyperion.
    • 16.
  • Ermanno Wolf‐Ferrari

    Il segreto di Susanna (Overture)

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Wolf-Ferrari: Overtures & Intermezzi: Academy of St. Martin in the Field/Marrine.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 1.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Champagne Polka

    Orchestra: Wiener Johann Strauss Orchester. Conductor: Johannes Wildner.
    • Strauss Family: Favourite Dances: Johann Strauss Orchestra, Wildner.
    • Naxos.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Concerto No 1 in D major, K 412

    Performer: David Jolley. Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Church Windows: The Flight into Egypt

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Geoffrey Simon.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Petite suite for piano duet

    Performer: Katia Labèque. Performer: Marielle Labèque.
    • Debussy: Petite suite: Marielle & Katia Labeque.
    • Philips.
    • 4.
  • George Gershwin

    Summertime (Porgy and Bess)

    Performer: Louis Armstrong. Singer: Ella Fitzgerald.
    • Verve.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Scherzo for Strings

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • Sibelius: Orchestral Works: Vanska/Jarvi.
    • BIS.
    • 6.
  • Tarquinio Merula


    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico.
    • Il Giardino Armonica: Artist Portrait.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Franz Schubert

    Trio for piano and strings in B flat major D.898; 2nd movement; Andante un poco

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • Philips.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in F major, RV 433 'La tempesta di mare'

    Performer: Lucie Horsch. Orchestra: Amsterdam Vivaldi Players.
    • Decca.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Pieces for Piano, Op.118 No.3 in G minor

    Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Souvenir d'une nuit d'été à Madrid

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky.
    • Chandos.


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