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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Schubert's Notturno, George Alagiah, Samuel Maggoty Johnson

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 journalist, writer and newsreader George Alagiah.

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

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Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op 60

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048

    Orchestra: Dunedin Consort. Conductor: John Butt.
    • Linn.
  • Hanns Eisler

    Leipzig Symphony (Completed T. Medek): IV. Marsch ohne Worte

    Conductor: Jürgen Bruns. Orchestra: MDR Sinfonieorchester.
    • Leipzig Symphony.
    • CapriccioNR.
    • 4.
  • William Byrd

    Laudibus in sanctis

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Franz Schubert

    Trio in E flat major D.897 (Notturno) for piano and strings

    Ensemble: Rautio Piano Trio.
    • Resonus.
  • Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger

    Libro primo d'intavolatura di chitarone: Toccata arpeggiata

    Performer: Jonas Nordberg.
    • Intavolatura di chitarone.
    • BIS.
    • 29.
  • Johan Svendsen

    Romeo og Juliet, Op 18

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Svendsen: Orchestral Works Vol. 1: Thorsen / BPO / Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
    • 2.
  • Leó Weiner

    Két Tétel

    Performer: Andreas Ottensamer. Performer: Leonidas Kavakos. Performer: Christoph Koncz. Performer: Antoine Tamestit. Performer: Stephan Koncz. Performer: Ödön Rácz. Performer: Oszkár Ökrös. Music Arranger: Stephan Koncz.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Overture to Nais

    Conductor: Teodor Currentzis. Ensemble: MusicAeterna.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Dance in the Ballroom (Rusalka)

    Music Arranger: Hans-Joachim Drechsler. Ensemble: 10forBrass.
    • Opera.
    • Genuin.
    • 5.
  • Giovanni Battista Bononcini

    Sinfonia decima a 7 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Crispian Steele‐Perkins. Performer: Stephen Keavy. Ensemble: Parley of Instruments.
    • Helios.
  • Giovanni Battista Bononcini

    Ombra mai fu

    Singer: Simone Kermes. Ensemble: Musiche Nove. Director: Claudio Osele.
    • Sony.
  • John Adams

    The Chairman Dances

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Edo de Waart.
    • John Adams: The Chairman Dances: San Francisco SO, Edo de Waart.
    • Elektra Nonesuch.
    • 1.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Humming Chorus (Madam Butterfly)

    Choir: Ambrosian Singers. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • Puccini: Great Opera Arias.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Lili Boulanger


    Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
    • Vierne; Franck: Violin Sonatas.
    • Hyperion.
    • 10.
  • Astor Piazzolla


    Performer: Ksenija Sidorova. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Clark Rundell.
    • Fairy Tales: Ksenija Sidorova.
    • Champs Hill.
    • 17.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Iberia Book 2 for piano (Triana)

    Performer: Yuja Wang.
    • Yuja Wang - Fantasia.
    • DG.
    • 7.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Divertimento in D major, K 136 (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Hagen Quartett.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Valse-Scherzo in C major, Op 34

    Performer: James Ehnes. Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto etc..
    • Onyx.
    • 5.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Motettorum, Liber 1: No. 26a, Dum complerentur dies Pentecostes

    Choir: Singer Pur.
    • Horizons.
    • Oehms Classics.
    • 701.
  • Sally Beamish

    Seavaigers (Haven)

    Performer: Chris Stout. Performer: Catriona McKay. Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble.
    • McKay Stout Music.
  • Toivo Kuula

    Prelude and Fugue, Op.10

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Dutton.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Eternal Source of Light (Birthday Ode for Queen Anne, HWV.74)

    Performer: Piers Adams. Performer: Larry Lush.
    • RPR.
  • John Field

    Nocturne No 1 in E flat major

    Performer: Elizabeth Joy Roe.
    • DECCA.
  • Richard Strauss

    Moonlight Music (Capriccio)

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Die Weihe des Hauses, Op 124 (Overture)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Beethoven: Incidental Music: Berliner Philharmoniker, Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 1.


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