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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Tavener's Mother of God, The Titanic Hymn, Claire Skinner

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Music Played

  • Richard Wagner

    Symphony in C Major (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: MDR Sinfonieorchester. Conductor: Jun Märkl.
    • Wagner: Symphony in C Major.
    • Naxos.
    • 4.
  • Antonio Valente

    Gallarda; Jarabe loco (Folías criollas)

    Lyricist: Enrique Barona. Ensemble: Tembembe Ensamble Continuo. Ensemble: La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Conductor: Jordi Savall.
    • El Nuevo Mundo: Folías Criollas.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 1.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Cello Duo No 2 in B Minor, Op 51 (1st mvt Allegro non troppo)

    Performer: Anne Gastinel. Performer: Xavier Phillips.
    • Offenbach: 6 Cello Duos.
    • La Dolce Volta.
    • 13.
  • Amy Beach

    Piano trio in A minor, Op.150

    Ensemble: Romantic Chamber Group of London.
    • BIS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No 29 in A major, K201 (4th mvt, Allegro con spirito)

    Orchestra: Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen. Conductor: Johannes Klumpp.
    • Genuin.
  • John Tavener

    Mother of God, Here I Stand

    Singer: Andrea Haines. Singer: Emily Dickens. Singer: Chris Wardle. Singer: Barnaby Smith. Singer: Vincent Oliver. Singer: Samuel Dressel. Singer: Paul Smith. Singer: Dingle Yandell.
    • LUX/Voces 8.
    • Decca.
    • 5.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major, Op 83 (2nd mvt, Allegro appassionato)

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini. Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64 (1st mvt)

    Conductor: Yevgeny Mravinsky. Orchestra: Imperial Music Choir.
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony no.4, no.5 & no.6: Leningrad PO/Mravinsky.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Rosa Giacinta Badalla

    Non plangete (Motetti a voce sola)

    Singer: Roberta Invernizzi. Ensemble: Bizzarrie Armoniche.
    • Naive.
  • Sydney Baynes

    Destiny

    Music Arranger: Klaus Sonnenburg. Ensemble: I Salonisti.
    • LONDON.
  • Gavin Bryars

    Titanic Hymn: Autumn (The Sinking of the Titanic) 

    Ensemble: Gavin Bryars Ensemble.
    • POINT MUSIC.
  • Lowell Mason

    Nearer my God to Thee ('Bethany')

    Ensemble: I Salonisti.
    • Back To Titanic: More Music From The Motion Picture.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
    • 7.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    Nearer my God to Thee ('Propior Deo')

    Performer: David Rumsey.
    • The Britannic Organ, Vol. 3.
    • Oehms.
    • 3.
  • Caroline Shaw

    Plan & Elevation: IV. The Orangery

    Ensemble: Attacca Quartet.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in G major, Op 37 No 2

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • Chopin: The Nocturnes: Maria Joao Pires.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 2.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto for Bassoon in B flat RV504 - i. Allegro ma poco

    Performer: Robert Thompson. Ensemble: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Philip Ledger.
    • Vivaldi: 4 Bassoon Concertos.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Requiem Mass: Kyrie

    Ensemble: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • Signum Records.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No 3 in D minor (5th mvt)

    Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Choir: Vienna Boys' Choir. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Gustav Holst

    Brook Green suite H.190 for string orchestra

    Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Prelude from Suite bergamasque

    Music Arranger: André Caplet. Music Arranger: Gustave Cloëz. Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lyon. Conductor: Jun Märkl.
    • Debussy: Orchestral Works 6.
    • naxos.
    • 1.
  • Claude Debussy

    Passepied (from Suite bergamasque)

    Performer: Punch Brothers.
    • The Phosphorescent Blues.
    • Nonesuch.
    • 3.
  • Franz Schubert

    Erlkönig, D328

    Performer: Bryn Terfel. Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Librettist: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
    • DG.
  • Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

    Violin concerto no.10 in D major (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Zhou Qian. Orchestra: Toronto Camerata. Conductor: Kevin Mallon.
    • Saint-George: Complete Violin Concertos, Vol.2.
    • NAXOS.
    • 5.
  • Carl Nielsen

    String Quartet No 4 in F major (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Danish String Quartet.
    • Carl Nielsen The Masterworks Volume 2.
    • Da Capo.
    • 6.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Widerstehe doch der Sünde (Cantata BWV.54)

    Music Arranger: Víkingur Ólafsson. Performer: Víkingur Ólafsson.
    • Johann Sebastian Bach.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 11.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Trumpet Concerto, Op 125

    Performer: John Wallace. Orchestra: Bournemouth Sinfonietta. Conductor: Norman Del Mar.
    • Arnold: Wind Concertos: Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Del Mar/Thomas.
    • EMI.
    • 16-18.
  • Béla Bartók

    Hungarian sketches for orchestra (Sz.97): no.4; Slightly tipsy

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • Bartok: Hungarian Connections, Chicago Symmphony Orchestra.
    • Decca.
    • 6.
  • Richard Strauss

    Hab' mir's gelobt (Der Rosenkavalier)

    Singer: Camilla Nylund. Singer: Paula Murrihy. Singer: Hanna-Elisabeth Müller. Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest. Conductor: Marc Albrecht.
    • CHALLENGE CLASSICS.

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