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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Liszt's Mazeppa, Marjory Kennedy Fraser, George Alagiah

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

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0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today's starter is a death-defying wild horse ride - Liszt's Mazeppa. Other musical highlights include a new recording of Brahms's serene German Requiem, and, as the leaves start to fall, Vivaldi's depiction of Autumn.

1010 Musical Time Travellers – stories behind the music-making of the British Isles. Davina Shum on Marjory Kennedy-Fraser in the Hebrides.

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. A beautiful 17th century lament by Francesca Caccini.

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Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Oh had I Jubal's lyre (Joshua)

    Singer: Magdalena Kožená. Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Andrea Marcon.
    • 111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 10.
  • Edward Elgar

    Chanson de matin, Op 15 No 2

    Performer: Nigel Kennedy. Performer: Peter Pettinger.
    • Elgar: Violin sonata etc: Kennedy/Pettinger.
    • Chandos.
    • 6.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Parysatis, Airs de ballet

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Geoffrey Simon.
    • Saint-Saëns: Africa.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 202.
  • Johannes Brahms

    A German Requiem - Selig sind

    Choir: Radiokören. Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Daniel Harding.
    • Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 101.
  • Percy Grainger

    The Brisk Young Sailor (A Lincolnshire Posy)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Liszt

    Transcendental Study No 4 in D minor, 'Mazeppa'

    Performer: Alice Sara Ott.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutshe Grammophon.
    • 4.
  • Grace Williams

    Calm Sea in Summer (Sea Sketches)

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: David Atherton.
    • Lyrita.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Clarinet Quintet in A Major, Op. 108, K. 581: IV. Allegretto con variazioni

    Ensemble: Carducci String Quartet.
    • Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in Major, K. 581 - Weber: Clarinet Quintet in B-Flat Ma.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 204.
  • Portishead

    Sour Times

    Performer: Miloš Karadaglić. Music Arranger: Sérgio Assad. Ensemble: 12 Ensemble.
    • Decca.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Egmont, Op 84 (Overture)

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.
  • Time Traveller: Davina Shum on Marjory Kennedy Fraser

  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Hebrides Overture

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gabriel Chmura.
    • DG.
  • Traditional Scottish

    An Eriskay Lullaby

    Performer: Sioned Williams. Singer: Lisa Milne.
    • Hyperion.
  • Traditional Scottish

    An Eriskay Love Lilt

    Performer: Sioned Williams. Singer: Lisa Milne.
    • Hyperion.
  • William Walton

    Symphony No.1 in B flat minor: I.Allegro assai

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Chandos.
  • Franz Schubert

    Erlkönig, D 328

    Performer: Oleg Maisenberg. Music Arranger: Franz Liszt.
    • DG.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Oh Maria, Maria! (Mazeppa)

    Orchestra: State Academy Symphony Orchestra of Russia. Conductor: Constantine Orbelian.
    • Singing of Love.
    • Delos.
    • 901.
  • Franz Waxman

    Taras Bulba (The Ride of the Cossacks)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Mauceri.
    • The Genius of Film Music: Hollywood Blockbusters 1960s–1980s.
    • LPO.
    • 5.
  • George Alagiah on Nelson Mandela

  • Robert Schumann

    Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op 44 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Emanuel Ax. Ensemble: Cleveland Quartet.
    • Schumann - Quintet for Piano and Strings in E-flat, Op.44.
    • RCA.
    • 5.
  • Miriam Makeba

    Nongqongqo (To Those We Love)

    • An Evening with Belafonte/Makeba.
    • RCA Victor.
    • 4.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Ave maris stella for chorus

    Choir: Gabrieli Consort. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • A Rose Magnificat.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 5.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Violin Concerto in F major, RV 293, 'Autumn'

    Performer: Fabio Biondi. Ensemble: Europa Galante.
    • Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 7.
  • Iiro Rantala

    September (My Finnish Calendar)

    Performer: Iiro Rantala.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in G minor, Op 15 No 3

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Chopin: The Complete Nocturnes and Impromptus: Angela Hewitt, piano.
    • Hyperion.
    • 8.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Scherzo capriccioso

    Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • Dvorak - Symphony no.6.
    • Naxos.
    • 6.

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