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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Hadley's Hills, Ravel's Bolero, Adrian Scarborough

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 actor Adrian Scarborough.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    The Gadfly Suite, Op 97a (No 6, Galop)

    Performer: Yuri Torchinsky. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
    • Shostakovich: Film Music Vol.2: BBC Philharmonic/Sinaisky.
    • Chandos.
    • 11.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    The Silver Sleigh Bells, Op.35 no.1

    Performer: Daniil Trifonov.
    • DG.
  • Cecilia McDowall

    Church Bells Beyond the Stars

    Performer: John Kitchen.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Ave Maris Stella (Vespers 1610)

    Ensemble: Dunedin Consort. Conductor: John Butt.
    • Linn Records CKD569.
    • Linn Records.
    • 2.
  • Jules Massenet

    Nuit d'Espagne

    Performer: Jérôme Ducros. Singer: Philippe Jaroussky.
  • Maurice Ravel


    Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Ravel: Bolero: Berliner Philharmoniker, Boulez.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 15.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Concerto grosso No 2 in C minor

    Performer: Fabio Biondi. Ensemble: Europa Galante.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • Errollyn Wallen

    Lively (2nd movement of Horseplay)

    Ensemble: Continuum. Conductor: Philip Headlam.
    • Wallen: The Girl in my Alphabet.
    • AVIE.
    • 9.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Tit for Tat

    Performer: Benjamin Britten. Singer: John Shirley‐Quirk.
    • Benjamin Britten: Song Cycles.
    • Decca.
    • 19-23.
  • Patrick Hadley

    The Hills

    Singer: Robert Lloyd. Choir: Cambridge University Music Society Chorus. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Philip Ledger.
    • EMI.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    String Quartet No 12 in F major, Op 96, 'American' (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Boléro, Op 19

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Chopin: The Solo Piano Works: Ashkenazy.
    • London.
    • 4.
  • Émile Waldteufel

    The Skaters' Waltz, Op.183

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel.
    • SONY.
  • Franz Schubert

    An die Musik, D 547

    Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Performer: Gerald Moore.
    • Schubert: Complete Songs: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gerald Moore.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Symphony No 4, 'Los Angeles' (3rd mvt)

    Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen. Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic.
    • Arvo Pärt Symphony No.4.
    • ECM New Series.
    • 3.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Organ (Trio) Sonata in E minor, BWV.528

    Music Arranger: Florilegium. Ensemble: Florilegium. Director: Ashley Solomon.
    • Bach: Organ Trio Sonatas.
    • Channel Classics.
    • 10-12.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No 31 in D major, K 297/300a (Paris)

    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • LINN.
  • Samuel Barber

    String Quartet in B minor, Op 11 (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Emerson String Quartet.
    • Barber: String Quartet: Emerson String Quartet.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 7.
  • Alice Mary Smith

    Andante for clarinet and orchestra

    Performer: Angela Malsbury. Ensemble: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Howard Shelley.
    • Chandos.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    String Quartet No 1, Op 49: III Allegro molto

    Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Sally Beamish

    Seavaigers (Haven)

    Performer: Chris Stout. Performer: Catriona McKay. Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble.
    • McKay Stout Music.


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