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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Schnittke's Faust Cantata, Chaplin's Awakening, Lemn Sissay

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 the chilling, diabolical burlesque from Schnittke's Faust Cantata. Other musical highlights include the finale of Mozart's Coronation Concerto and Brahms's majestic Alto Rhapsody.

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Music Played

  • Jan Dismas Zelenka

    Magnificat anima mea Dominum (Magnificat in D major, ZWV 108)

    Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan. Director: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • Bis.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in E flat major, D 899 No 2

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • Schubert: Impromptus: Maria Joao Pires.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 2.
  • Serge Gainsbourg

    La Javanaise

    Singer: Serena Fisseau.
    • Act.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Kullervo Goes to War (Kullervo, Op.7)

    Conductor: Hannu Lintu. Orchestra: The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • Sibelius: Kullervo, Op. 7.
    • Ondine.
    • 104.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Lied ohne Worte in D major Op.109

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Melvyn Tan.
    • RCA.
  • Alfred Schnittke

    Night Scene (Faust Cantata)

    Performer: Malmö Symfonikör. Performer: Malmö SymfoniOrkester. Singer: Inger Blom. Conductor: James DePreist.
    • Schnittke: Passacaglia, Faust Cantata.
    • BIS.
    • 10.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 98 in B flat major (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenobles. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Haydn, 12 London Symphonies: Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenobles.
    • Naive.
    • 6.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Piano Concerto in D flat - 3rd mvt: Allegro brillante

    Orchestra: Seattle Symphony. Conductor: Gerard Schwarz.
    • Khachaturian, A.I.: Piano Concerto / Prokofiev, S.: Piano Concerto No. 3.
    • Delos.
    • 103.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Flute Concerto in G Op.10 No. 6

    Ensemble: Australian Chamber Orchestra.
    • Vivaldi: Flute Concertos.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 120.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Cantique des degrés

    Choir: RIAS Kammerchor. Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kristjan Järvi.
    • Sony.
  • Time Traveller: Phoebe McFarlane on Charlie Chaplin

  • Primo Scala's Accordeon Band

    Barn Dance: The Honeysuckle and the Bee

    • REX.
  • Charlie Chaplin

    Overture/Unveiling the Statue

    Orchestra: The City Lights Orchestra. Conductor: Carl Davis.
    • Carl Davis Collection.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony No 5 in D major (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Vaughan williams: Symphonies nos. 4 & 5: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Davis.
    • Teldec.
    • 8.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Der Freischütz, Act II: Finale - "Die Wolfsschlucht"

    Conductor: Colin Davis. Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Weber: Der Freischütz.
    • Lso Live.
    • 201.
  • Danny Elfman

    Mars Attacks! Main theme

  • Louise Farrenc

    Clarinet Trio in E flat major, Op 44 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Diana Ambache. Performer: Joan Enric Lluna. Performer: Naomi Butterworth.
    • BBC Music.
  • Lemn Sissay on the film City of Lost Children

  • Angelo Badalamenti

    City of Lost Children - Theme

    Orchestra: Prague Film Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Stepan Konicek.
    • East West.
  • Klaus Paier

    Mozart Incognito

    Performer: Asja Valčić. Performer: Klaus Paier.
    • Act.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No.26 in D, K537 "Coronation" - 3rd mvt: Allegretto

    Performer: Francesco Piemontesi. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Manze.
    • Linn.
  • Claude Debussy

    Mouvement (Images, Set 1)

    Performer: Alain Planès.
    • Debussy: Children's Corner: Alain Planes.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 15.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Alto Rhapsody, Op.53

    Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Singer: Ann Hallenberg. Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • PHI.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in B minor, K.197

    Performer: Yevgeny Sudbin.
    • BIS.
  • Dame Ethel Mary Smyth

    String Quartet in E minor (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Archaeus Quartet.
    • Lorelt.
  • Richard Wagner

    Tannhauser: Overture

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • DG.


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