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Ian Skelly

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.

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  • Claude Debussy

    Feux d'artifice (Preludes, Book 1)

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • Debussy: Preludes Books I & II: Zoltan Kocsis.
    • Philips.
    • 12.
  • Alan Charlton

    The Snow in the Street

    Performer: Brussels Chamber Choir. Conductor: Helen Cassano.
    • Etcetera.
  • Samuel Scheidt

    Battle Suite arr Jones

    Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
    • La Battaglia: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Quartet in E flat major, K 493 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Jean‐Philippe Collard. Ensemble: Muir String Quartet.
    • Mozart - Quaturos pour piano et cordes, KV478, KV493 and KV546.
    • EMI.
    • 5.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    The Thieving Magpie (Overture)

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Rossini OverturesThe Chamber Orchestra Of Europe.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 7.
  • Chiara Margarita Cozzolani

    O Maria, tu dulcis

    • Naive.
  • Johan Svendsen

    Festpolonese, Op 12

    Orchestra: Trondheim Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Ole Kristian Ruud.
    • Svendsen: Karneval i Paris / Zorahayda / Romeo og Julie.
    • VIRGIN.
    • 5.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    6 Variations on 'Mio caro Adone', K 180

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Mozart The Collectors Edition 50 CDs The Masterpieces The Greatest Artists.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 18.
  • Susan Spain-Dunk


    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Anna-Maria Helsing.
  • Johann David Heinichen

    Dresden Concerto in F major, S 234

    Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    O Dieu! Que de bijoux... Ah! je ris (Faust)

    Singer: Joan Sutherland. Orchestra: Royal Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Francesco Molinari‐Pradelli.
    • Joan Sutherland - Greatest Hits.
    • Decca.
    • 8.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie fantastique (March to the Scaffold)

    Orchestra: Anima Eterna. Director: Jos van Immerseel.
    • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique: Le Carnival Romain: Anima Eterna Brugge.
    • Zig Zag Territories.
    • 4.
  • William Byrd

    Sing joyfully unto God

    Choir: Tallis Scholars. Director: Peter Phillips.
    • The Tallis Scholars Sing William Byrd.
    • Gimell.
    • 13.
  • Franz Schubert

    6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: No. 1 in C Major: Moderato

    Performer: Lars Vogt.
    • Schubert: Piano Works.
    • Ondine.
    • 11.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in E flat major, Op 33 No 2, 'The Joke' - 1st movement, Allegro moderato cantabile

    Ensemble: Casals Quartet.
  • Robert Schumann

    Overture, Scherzo & Finale, Op.52

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • EMI.
  • Max Richter

    On the Nature of Daylight

    Performer: Louisa Fuller. Performer: John Metcalfe. Performer: Philip Sheppard. Performer: Chris Worsey.
    • The Blue Notebooks.
    • FAT CAT.
    • 2.
  • Thomas Dunhill

    Phantasy Suite for clarinet and piano, Op 91

    Performer: Einar Jóhannesson. Performer: Philip Jenkins.
    • British Clarinet Music.
    • Chandos.
    • 013.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    The Bartered Bride (Dance of the Comedians)

    Conductor: Christoph von Dohnányi. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra.
    • B. Smetana; Moldau/The Bartered Bride: The Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnanyi.
    • Decca.
    • 9.
  • Steve Reich

    Nagoya Marimbas

    Performer: Colin Currie. Performer: Sam Walton.
    • Classical Chillout.
    • 12.


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