Main content

Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: George Alagiah, The Shrewsbury Buttermarket Wurlitzer, Haydn's 'La Chasse'

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

25 days left to listen

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    The Ruins of Athens, Op 113 (Overture)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Beethoven: Overturen - Weiner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 3.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Piano Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 82: II. Allegretto

    Performer: Florian Noack.
    • Prokofiev: Visions fugitives.
    • La Dolce Volta.
    • 30.
  • Barbara Strozzi

    Canto di bella bocca

    Ensemble: Musica Secreta.
    • Amon Ra records.
  • Franz Waxman

    Carmen Fantasy

    Performer: Chloë Hanslip. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Mann.
    • Chloe.
    • Warner.
    • 11.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony no.73 in D major, 'La Chasse' - last movt: Presto

    Performer: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Claude Debussy

    Danse sacrée et danse profane

    Performer: Rachel Masters. Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • Debussy/Ravel: Various works: Ulster Orchestra/Tortelier.
    • Chandos.
    • 4-5.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Caprice in E major, Op 33 No 2

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
    • Mendelssohn: Bertrand Chamayou.
    • Naive.
    • 012.
  • Antonio Lotti

    Crucifixus à 8

    Choir: St Paul's Cathedral Choir. Director: John Scott.
    • Passiontide at St Paul's: The Choir of St Paul's Cathedral, John Scott.
    • Hyperion.
    • 9.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Romance for string orchestra, Op. 11

    Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
    • Introit: The Music of Gerald Finzi.
    • Decca.
    • 12.
  • Richard Johnson

    Windermere March

    Performer: Arnold Loxam.
    • Valentine Music.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Fantasia on Polish airs for piano and orchestra (Op.13) in A major

    Performer: Eldar Nebolsin. Orchestra: Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Narodowej. Conductor: Antoni Wit.
    • Chopin, Piano Concerto No.1: Nebolsin/Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra/Wit.
    • Naxos.
    • 4.
  • Léo Delibes

    Les Chasseresses (Prelude) (Sylvia)

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
    • Chopin/Delibes: Ballet favourites: Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy.
    • CBS.
    • 2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Va tacito (from Giulio Cesare)

    Performer: Hector McDonald. Singer: Marijana Mijanovic. Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Handel: Julius Caesar (highlights): Mackerras.
    • Archiv.
    • 25.
  • Michael Torke


    Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
    • Summon the heros: Boston Pops Orchestra/Williams.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Adam Salim


    Singer: Angélique Kidjo.
    • Logozo.
    • Mango Records.
    • 5.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in C major RV.443 for flautino and orchestra

    Performer: Maurice Steger. Orchestra: I Barocchisti. Conductor: Diego Fasolis.
    • Vivaldi - Concerti per flauto.
    • 1.
  • Darius Milhaud

    Carnaval à la Nouvelle-Orléans for two pianos

    Performer: Artur Pizarro. Performer: Stephen Coombs.
    • Milhaud: Music for Two Pianists: Stephen Coombs, Artur PIzarro.
    • Hyperion.
  • Grace Williams

    Penillion (1st mvt)

    Performer: Ray Allan. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Charles Groves.
    • Grace Williams: Sea Sketches; Fantasia; Carillons; Penillion.
    • Lyrita.
    • 6.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon per sonar a 4

    Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • DECCA.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Cello Sonata in D minor, Op 40 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Gautier Capuçon. Performer: Gabriela Montero.
    • Martha Argerich and Friends Live from the Lugano Festival 2013.
    • 7.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance in D flat major, Op 72 No 4

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Dvorak: Slavonic Dances etc.: RPO/Detroit SO/Dorati.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin

    Toccatina for piano, Op 36

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Kaleidoscope: Marc-Andre Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.
    • 20.
  • Béla Bartók

    Concerto for orchestra (Sz.116), 5th mvt; Finale (Pesante - presto)

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Bela Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer.
    • Hungaroton.


Our Classical Century

Our Classical Century

Radio 3 explores 100 key musical moments that shaped us, from 1918 to the present day.

Time Travellers: the podcast

Time Travellers: the podcast

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough presents quirky tales gathered from the corners of history.