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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, Donizetti's Una furtiva lagrima, George Alagiah

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

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 8 in F major, Op 93 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Beethoven: 9 Symphonies: Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 7.
  • William Alwyn

    Suite for oboe and harp

    Performer: Nicholas Daniel. Performer: Ieuan Jones.
    • William Alwyn: Chamber Works Vol.1: Haffner Wind Ensemble of London.
    • Chandos.
    • 5-7.
  • Béla Bartók

    Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin & Orchestra, Sz. 87:

    Performer: Baiba Skride. Orchestra: WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. Conductor: Eivind Aadland.
    • Bartók: Works for Violin & Orchestra.
    • Orfeo.
    • 202.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Waltz in A flat major, Op 42

    Performer: Dmitri Alexeev.
    • Chopin : Waltzes.
    • EMI.
    • 2.
  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Una furtiva lagrima (L'elisir d'amore)

    Singer: Vittorio Grigolo. Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi.
    • Vittorio Grigolo - The Italian Tenor.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 2.
  • Antoine de Lhoyer

    Duo concertant No. 3, Op. 31: I. Allegro agitato

    Ensemble: Duo Palissandre.
    • Mosaïque.
    • Paraty.
    • 101.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Viola Concerto in G major, TWV 51:G9

    Performer: Nils Mönkemeyer. Ensemble: Kammerakademie Potsdam.
    • Sony.
  • Frank Bridge


    Performer: Ashley Wass.
    • Bridge: Piano Music Volume 2: Ashley Wass.
    • Naxos.
  • Dora Pejačević

    Symphony in F sharp minor, Op 41 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland‐Pfalz. Conductor: Ari Rasilainen.
    • Dora Pejacevic Symphony.
    • CPO.
    • 3.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Sinfonia arr Steele-Perkins (Floridante)

    Performer: Crispian Steele‐Perkins. Orchestra: Armonico Consort.
    • Let The Bright Seraphim Works by J.S. Bach, Telemann, A.Scarlatti and Handel.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 19.
  • George Frideric Handel

    La réjouissance (Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351)

    Orchestra: Le Concert Spirituel. Conductor: Hervé Niquet.
    • Handel: Water Music & Fireworks: Le Concert Spirituel/Niquet.
    • Glossa.
    • 23.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Streams of pleasure (Theodora)

    Singer: Dame Sarah Connolly. Singer: Rosemary Joshua. Orchestra: The English Concert. Director: Harry Bicket.
    • Handel Duets: The English Concert.
    • Chaconne.
    • 4.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sonata in A minor D.821 for arpeggione: 3rd mvt

    Performer: Antônio Meneses. Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • The Wigmore Hall Recital: Schubert / Brahms / Mendelssohn.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 3.
  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Una furtiva lagrima (L'elisir d'amore)

    Singer: Vittorio Grigolo. Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi.
    • Vittorio Grigolo - The Italian Tenor.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 2.
  • John Dowland

    Lachrimae verae

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Ensemble: Phantasm.
    • LINN.
  • Gaetano Donizetti

    La Fille du regiment - Amici miei, che allegro giorno

    Singer: Juan Diego Flórez. Choir: Valencia Chorus. Orchestra: Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana. Conductor: Daniel Oren.
    • Bel Canto Spectacular: Juan Diego Florez.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Anonymous

    Nobody's Jig; Mr Lane's Maggot; Black and Grey

    Ensemble: Les Witches.
    • Nobody's Jig.
    • Alpha.
    • 1.
  • Kevin Volans

    Walking Song

    Ensemble: Nederlands Blazers Ensemble.
    • Chandos.
  • Jean Sibelius


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

    Clarinet Quintet (Intermezzo)

    Performer: Thea King. Ensemble: Aeolian Quartet.
    • Jacob/Somervell: Clarinet Quintets: Thea King, The Aeolian Quartet.
    • Hyperion.
    • 2.
  • Johann Wilhelm Hertel

    Cello concerto in A minor (iii. Allegro)

    Performer: Alexander Rudin. Ensemble: Musica Viva.
    • Chandos CHAN0813.
    • Chandos.
    • 7.
  • Ernest Chausson

    Piano Quartet in A major op 30 ii Tres calme

    Performer: Pascal Devoyon. Performer: Philippe Graffin. Performer: Ásdís Valdimarsdóttir. Performer: Gary Hoffman.
    • Hyperion.
  • Joseph Marx


    Singer: Christine Brewer. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • Marx: Orchestral songs and choral works: BBCSO.
    • Chandos.
    • 5.
  • Franz Schubert

    Musical Moment No 3 in F minor arr Tarrega, D 780

    Performer: Tom Kerstens.
    • BGS.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Intermezzo 'in modo classico' in B minor, orch. Rimsky-Korsakov

    Orchestra: Russian State Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
    • Mussorgsky - Without the Sun.
    • RCA Victor Red Seal.
    • 002.


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