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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Prokofiev's Birth of Kijé, Sir Alastair Cook, Spoliansky's Mr Plim

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

  • Samuel Barber

    The School for Scandal (Overture)

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Thomas Schippers.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Bianca Maria Meda

    Cari musici (Motetti à uno, due, tre, quattro voci)

    Singer: Roberta Invernizzi. Ensemble: Bizzarrie Armoniche.
    • Naive.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19: III. Rondo. Molto allegro

    Performer: Boris Giltburg. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
    • Beethoven: Works for Piano.
    • Naxos.
    • 6.
  • Jonny Greenwood

    Phantom IV

    Performer: Daniel Pioro.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    The Birth of Kije (Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op 60)

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije / Alexander Nevsky: Abbado/Chicago SO.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 8.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Sinfonia Melodica in C Major, TWV 50:2

    Orchestra: La Stagione Frankfurt. Conductor: Michael Schneider.
    • The Grand Concertos for Mixed Instruments, Vol. 6.
    • CPO.
    • 1.
  • Anton Bruckner

    String Quartet in C minor (1st movement)

    Ensemble: Zehetmair Quartett.
    • Zehetmair Quartet: Beethoven / Bruckner / Harmann / Holliger.
    • ECM.
    • 5.
  • John Foulds

    Le Cabaret, Op.72a

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • Overture from the British Isles, Vol.2.
    • Chandos.
    • 10.
  • Claude Debussy

    2 Arabesques for piano

    Performer: Simon Trpceski.
    • Debussy: Images/Children's Corner etc: Simon Trpceski.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 1.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Whither must I wander? (Songs of Travel)

    Singer: Christopher Maltman. Performer: Roger Vignoles.
    • Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel: Maltman/Vignoles.
    • Hyperion.
    • 18.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Homage (Sigurd Jorsalfar)

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Ole Kristian Ruud.
    • Grieg: The Orchestral Music: Bergen PO, Ruud.
    • Bis.
    • 5.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    The Battle and Defeat of Napoleon (Hary Janos Suite, Op 35a)

    Performer: Toni Koves-Steiner. Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Antal Dorati Conducts Kodaly Hary Janos Suite Bartok Hungarian Sketches and Roum.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Alexander's Entry in Pskov (Alexander Nevsky)

    Choir: Mariinsky Chorus. Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Prokofiev: Scythian Suite & Alexander Nevsky.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 11.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Konzertstück No 2 in D minor, Op 114

    Performer: Victoria Soames. Performer: Roger Heaton. Performer: Julius Drake.
    • Heinrich Baermann - Works by Mendelssohn, Weber and Baermann.
    • Clarinet Classics.
    • 12.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Zadok the priest - coronation anthem no. 1 (HWV.258)

    Performer: Simon Johnson. Choir: St Paul's Cathedral Choir. Choir: The Cathedral Choristers of Britain. Conductor: Andrew Carwood.
    • Decca.
  • Béla Bartók

    Hungarian Peasant Songs (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin, Hungarian Sketches: Fischer/Budapest Festival O.
    • Philips.
    • 2.
  • Harold Arlen

    Over the Rainbow

    Singer: Judy Garland. Orchestra: Unnamed orchestra.
    • Judy Garland - The Best Of.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Flute Sonata

    Performer: Emily Beynon. Performer: Andrew West.
    • L'Album des Six: The complete works of The Six for flute and piano.
    • Hyperion.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Karelia Suite (Alla marcia)

    Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • Sibelius: Finlandia etc: Philharmonia/Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Nocturne, Op 40

    Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • NAXOS.
  • Roxanna Panufnik

    Hommage a Chopin - no.5 - Andante

    Performer: Clare Hammond.
    • BIS.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    O ciechi, ciechi (Selva morale)

    Director: Harry Christophers. Choir: The Sixteen. Singer: Elin Manahan Thomas. Singer: Grace Davidson. Singer: Simon Berridge. Singer: Mark Dobell. Singer: Robert Macdonald.
    • Monteverdi: Selva morale e spirituale, Volume 2: The Sixteen.
    • Coro.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Storm - overture Op.76

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • PHILIPS.


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