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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Adrian Scarborough, The Adair Wounded Fund, Britten's Courtly Dances

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

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Lucio Silla, K.135 (Overture)

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • L'Oiseau Lyre.
  • Charles-Valentin Alkan

    12 Etudes in All the Minor Keys, Op. 39: No.6 - Menuet

    Performer: Paul Wee.
    • Alkan: 12 Etudes in All the Minor Keys, Op. 39 (Excerpts).
    • BIS.
    • 3.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Let thy hand be strengthened, HWV 259

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock. Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey. Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Simon Preston.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Elena Kats‐Chernin


    Performer: Nicola Sweeney. Performer: Sarah Nicolls.
    • Kats-Chernin: Ragtime and Blue.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 13.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Courtly Dances (Gloriana)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Benjamin Britten: Works for Orchestra.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 3.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Presto in C major

    Ensemble: Quatuor Diotima.
    • NAIVE.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, RV 503

    Performer: Sergio Azzolini. Orchestra: L'Aura Soave Cremona.
    • NAIVE.
  • Rebecca Clarke

    Sonata for Cello & Piano: 1st movt - Impetuoso

    Performer: Raphael Wallfisch. Performer: John York.
    • Lyrita.
  • Jerome Kern

    The Laughing Husband: Bought and Paid for; You're Here and I'm Here

    Ensemble: Victor Light Opera Company.
    • PEARL.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphony in D minor, 'Youth'

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • Rachmaninoff: Symphony no.1 etc: BBC Philharmonic/Noseda.
    • Chandos.
    • 2.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata No 35 in A flat major, H XVI 43 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Haydn: Piano Sonatas: Marc-Andre Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.
    • 6.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Pavane de Spaigne & Courante M.M. Wustrow (Dances from 'Terpsichore' 1612)

    Orchestra: Early Music Consort of London. Conductor: David Munrow.
    • Michae Praetorius: Terpsichore dances/motets: Early Consort of Music/Munrow.
    • EMI Studios.
    • 4-5.
  • Peter Warlock

    Pavane (Capriol Suite)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Clio Gould.
    • English String Classics 2: Vaughan Williams/Warlock/Tippet/Elgar etc.
    • Apex.
    • 8.
  • Peter Warlock

    Bransles (Capriol Suite)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Clio Gould.
    • English String Classics 2: Vaughan Williams/Warlock/Tippet/Elgar etc.
    • Apex.
    • 10.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Saga-drom, Op 39

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Ennio Morricone

    Once Upon a Time in the West: Main Title

    Conductor: Ennio Morricone. Orchestra: Orchestra. Orchestra: Choir.
    • RCA.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Laudate Dominum

    Music Arranger: Christina Pluhar. Singer: Núria Rial. Singer: Philippe Jaroussky. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • Via Crucis; L'Arpeggiata; Christina Pluhar.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 15.
  • John Woolrich

    Ulysses awakes

    Performer: Jane Atkins. Orchestra: Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Conductor: John Lubbock.
    • Woolrich: Ulysses Awakes: Orchestra of St John's/Lubbock.
    • Black Box.
    • 1.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Capriccio brillante in B minor, Op 22

    Performer: Cyprien Katsaris. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Kurt Masur.
    • Mendelssohn: Orchestral Works: Gewandhausorchester, Kurt Masur.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Jón Leifs

    Icelandic Folk Dances, Op. 11 - No. 4

    Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • Bis.
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

    Stabat mater dolorosa (Stabat mater in F minor)

    Singer: Julia Lezhneva. Singer: Philippe Jaroussky. Orchestra: I Barocchisti. Conductor: Diego Fasolis.
    • Pergolesi; Stabat Mater-Laudate Pueri-Confitebor.
    • ERATO.
    • 1.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    Souvenirs de voyage

    Orchestra: Nash Ensemble.
    • Hermann Gershwin Waxman Copland.
    • Hyperion.
    • 3.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in A minor, Op 7 No 2

    Performer: Garrick Ohlsson.
    • Chopin: Mazurkas - 1, Garrick Ohlsson.
    • Helios.
    • 6.
  • Paul Dukas

    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Musicales Actes Sud.


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