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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Lemn Sissay, Parry at Sea

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 author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay.

1130 Slow Moment - time to take a break for a moment's musical reflection

3 hours

Music Played

  • Dmitri Kabalevsky

    Pathétique Overture, Op. 64

    Orchestra: Malmö SymfoniOrkester. Conductor: Darrell Ang.
    • Kabalevsky: Works for Orchestra.
    • Naxos.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Duo Sonata in A Minor, M. 73: IV. Vif, avec entrain

    Performer: Ilya Gringolts. Performer: Dmitry Kouzov.
    • Eisler, Ravel & Jörg Widmann: Duos.
    • Delos.
    • 30.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in F major for bassoon and orchestra, RV485

    Performer: Sergio Azzolini. Ensemble: L'Aura Soave Cremona.
    • NAÏVE.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Study in E flat major, Op 10 No 11; Study in C minor, Op 10 No 12

    Performer: Nobuyuki Tsujii.
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for birds and orch.) Op.61 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • Rautavaara: Angel of Light etc..
    • BIS.
    • 11.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Zefiro torna

    Choir: I Fagiolini. Ensemble: Barokksolistene. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Adagio in E major, K 261

    Performer: Julia Fischer. Orchestra: Nederlands Kamerorkest. Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg.
    • Mozart – Violin Concertos nos. 3 & 4.
    • Pentatone.
    • 7.
  • Moondog

    Für Fritz (chaconne en la mineur)

    Performer: Dominique Ponty. Performer: Stefan Lakatos.
    • shillin.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    La vie parisienne (Overture)

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Chandos.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Scherzo in A minor Op.81`2 for string quartet [no.2 of "4 pieces" for string quartet]

    Ensemble: Consone Quartet.
    • Ambronay.
  • Hubert Parry

    The Chivalry of the Sea

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones.
    • Edward Elgar - The Spirit of England etc..
    • Dutton.
    • 006.
  • Hubert Parry


    Performer: Daniel Cook. Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey. Conductor: James OʼDonnell.
    • Hyperion.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op 117 No 2

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • A Portrait: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 6.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Spem in alium

    Choir: Chapelle du Roi. Conductor: Alistair Dixon.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Traditional Spanish

    The Song of the Birds

    Music Arranger: Sally Beamish. Performer: Steven Isserlis.
    • J S Bach - The Cello Suites - Steven Isserlis.
    • Hyperion.
    • 37.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony No 7, 'Sinfonia Antartica'

    Singer: Sheila Armstrong. Choir: London Philharmonic Choir. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • EMI.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Asturias - Leyenda (Suite Espanola no.1)

    Music Arranger: Andrés Segovia. Performer: Sharon Isbin.
    • Road to the Sun: Latin Romances for Guitar: Sharon Isbin.
    • Vring Classics.
    • 14.
  • Robert Schumann

    Abegg Variations, Op.1

    Performer: Lise de la Salle.
    • NAÏVE.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Capriccio italien, Op 45

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • Tchaikovsky - Symphonies and orchestral works.
    • VIRGIN.
    • 1.
  • Kala Ramnath

    Aalap and Tarana

    Performer: Hilary Hahn. Performer: Cory Smythe.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Orlande de Lassus

    Timor et tremor

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • The Earth Resounds: The Sixteen/Harry Christophers.
    • Coro.
  • Claude Debussy

    String Quartet in G minor, Op 10 (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Alban Berg Quartett.
    • EMI.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Romance in F major for violin and orchestra, Op 50

    Performer: Anne‐Sophie Mutter. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Kurt Masur.
    • Beethoven: Violin concerto/Romances: Mutter/New York Philharmonic/Masur.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 5.
  • Leos Janáček

    On the Overgrown Path: The barn owl has not flown away!

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Schumann: Kinderszenen / Janacek: On the Overgrown Path.
    • Hyperion.
    • 10.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    English Folk Song Suite

    Music Arranger: Gordon Jacob. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • Made in Britain: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/John Wilson.
    • Avie.
    • 7.


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