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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: George Alagiah, Oxford pageant, Finzi's Eclogue

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

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Moments musicaux, Op.16 - No.6 in C minor

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • Rachmaninov: Preludes, Moments musicaux: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • Erato.
    • 17.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto in D minor for two violins, BWV 1043 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Daniel Hope. Performer: Marieke Blankestijn. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • J.S.Bach: Concertos: Hope, Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • Warner.
  • David Bruce

    Cymbeline: I. Sunrise

    Ensemble: Dover Quartet.
    • The North Wind Was a Woman: Chamber Works by David Bruce.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 1.
  • John Williams

    Olympic Fanfare

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Così fan tutte (Overture)

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Laudate Dominum for 5 voices, chor, 2vn, 4vdg/trb [1640]

    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Singer: Evelyn Tubb. Singer: Nigel Rogers. Singer: Joseph Cornwell. Singer: David Thomas. Choir: Taverner Choir. Ensemble: Taverner Players. Conductor: Andrew Parrott.
    • Monteverdi: Selva Morae e Spirituale: Taverner Consort/Choir/Players/Andrew Parr.
    • EMI.
    • 5.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Eclogue, Op.10

    Performer: Tom Poster. Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
    • Introit: The Music of Gerald Finzi.
    • Decca.
    • 17.
  • Marianna Martines

    Overture in C major (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: La Floridiana. Conductor: Nicholeta Paraschivescu.
    • deutsche harmonia mundi.
  • Jean Coulthard

    Bicycle Parade; The Departure (Excursion Ballet Suite)

    Orchestra: Symphony Nova Scotia. Conductor: Georg Tintner.
    • CBC.
  • Träd

    Cannie Hobbie Elliot

    Performer: The Unthanks.
    • Rabble Rouser.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Symphony No 3 in A minor, Op 56, 'Scottish' (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • LSO Live.
  • Duke Ellington

    Sophisticated Lady

    Music Arranger: Luther Henderson. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • American Music.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 303.
  • Donald Tovey

    Cello Concerto, Op 40 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Alice Neary. Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: George Vass.
    • Toccata Classics.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Meditation on the 1st Prelude of J.S. Bach

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Ann Murray.
    • HYPERION.
  • King Henry VIII of England

    Pastime with good company / Hélas madame

    Music Arranger: Elgar Howarth. Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
    • DECCA.
  • Richard Wagner

    Spinning Chorus from The Flying Dutchman transc for piano

    Performer: Louis Lortie.
    • Liszt at the Opera.
    • Chandos.
    • 4.
  • Michael Torke

    Sky, Concerto for violin - 1st mvt

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sheep may safely graze arr for piano

    Performer: Gabriela Montero.
    • Gabriela Montero - Bach and Beyond.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 8.
  • Gerald Finzi

    The Salutation (Dies Natalis, Op 8)

    Singer: Wilfred Brown. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Finzi.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Egberto Gismonti

    Infancia arr Assad

    Performer: Sérgio Assad. Performer: Odair Assad.
    • Saga dos Migrantes: Sergio and Odair Assad.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Bagatelle for 2 violins, cello and harmonium, Op 47 No 5

    Performer: Gábor Takács‐Nagy. Performer: Károly Schranz. Performer: Gábor Ormai. Performer: András Fejér. Ensemble: Takács Quartet.
    • Dvorak: String Quartets: Takacs Quartet.
    • Decca.
    • 5.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Rondo in B flat major for piano and orchestra, WoO 6

    Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Choral Fantasy, etc..
    • Warner Classics.
    • 4.
  • Aaron Copland

    Street in a Frontier Town; Mexican Dance (Billy the Kid)

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • RCA.
  • Charles Seeger

    John Hardy - ballad for orchestra

    Conductor: Oliver Knussen. Ensemble: Schoenberg Ensemble.
    • Deutsche Gramophon.
  • Giuseppe Torelli

    Sonata à 5 No 1 in D major

    Performer: Wynton Marsalis. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Anthony Newman.
    • Sony.
  • Howard Skempton

    Rise Up, My Love

    Choir: Ars Nova Copenhagen. Conductor: Paul Hillier.
    • First Drop.
    • Cantaloupe Music.
    • 1.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in B flat major, Op 17 No 1

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • Chopin: The Piano Sonatas: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 5.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Karelia Suite

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • BIS.

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