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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Imogen Holst's House, Wolf's Italian Serenade, Sir Alastair Cook

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 cricketer Sir Alastair Cook.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Emmanuel Chabrier


    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Chabrier: Espana: Wiener Philharmoniker, John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 5.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Keyboard Concerto in F major H.18.3 - 3rd mvt (arr.for accordion)

    Performer: Viviane Chassot. Orchestra: Kammerorchester Basel.
    • Sony.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Lassie, wad ye loe me?

    Choir: Elysian Singers. Conductor: Sam Laughton.
    • MacMillan: One Equal Music.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 8.
  • Heino Eller


    Orchestra: Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester. Conductor: Olari Elts.
    • Eller: Symphonic Poems.
    • Ondine.
    • 9.
  • Robert Schumann

    Toccata in C major, Op 7

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky.
  • Hugo Wolf

    Italian Serenade arr for strings

    Performer: Nardo Poy. Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Little Suite for Brass Band No 1

    Performer: Grimethorpe Colliery Band.
    • SONY.
  • Ermanno Wolf‐Ferrari

    Il segreto di Susanna (Overture)

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Lance Friedel.
    • Naxos.
  • Frank Bridge

    Fantasy Piano Quartet in F sharp minor

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    O magnum mysterium

    Choir: VOCES8.
    • A Choral Tapestry.
    • 5.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    La Clemenza di Tito: Overture

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • DG.
  • Lera Auerbach

    Speak, Memory

    Performer: Hilary Hahn. Performer: Cory Smythe.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Reynaldo Hahn

    La Barcheta (Venezia)

    Singer: Anthony Rolfe Johnson. Performer: Graham Johnson.
    • Souvenirs De Venise.
    • Helios.
    • 13.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Souvenir de Florence, Op.70 (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Camerata de Lausanne.
    • Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings; Souvenir de Florence.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 8.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Chaconne (Les Indes galantes)

    Orchestra: La Chapelle Royale. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • William Boyce

    Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us (from Lord, thou hast been our refuge)

    Singer: Edward Burrowes. Singer: Timothy Burtt. Singer: Alastair Cook. Ensemble: Parley of Instruments. Conductor: John Scott.
    • Hyperion.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Intermezzo in A flat major

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Kaleidoscope: Marc-Andre Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.
    • 11.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Symphony no 3, "Scottish" (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Chandos.
  • Meredith Monk

    Dawn (Book of Days, album version)

    Singer: Johanna Arnold. Singer: Joan Barber. Singer: Andrea Goodman. Singer: Naaz Hosseini. Singer: Meredith Monk. Singer: Robert Een. Singer: John Eppler. Singer: Ching Gonzalez. Singer: Nicky Paraiso. Singer: Timothy Sawyer. Performer: Nurit Tilles.
    • ECM.
  • Kurt Weill

    Suite panaméenne

    Ensemble: Ensemble Modern. Conductor: H. K. Gruber.
    • LARGO.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Tuba concerto: 2nd mvt: Romanza (Andante sostenuto)

    Performer: John Fletcher. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • RCA Red Seal.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sinfonia concerto (Cantata No 174, 'Ich liebe den Höchsten')

    Orchestra: Accademia Bizantina. Performer: Ottavio Dantone.
    • Bach Sinfonia Academia Bizantina Ottavio Dantone.
    • Decca.
  • Claude Debussy

    Suite Bergamasque - Clair de lune

    Orchestra: Lyon Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Jun Märkl.
    • NAXOS.
  • Richard Strauss

    Festliches Präludium, Op 61

    Performer: Peter Solomon. Orchestra: Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • Strauss: Orchestral Works: Zinman.
    • Arte Nova Classics.
    • 23.


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