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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Claire Skinner, Brahms's British premiere, Debussy's Cathedrale engloutie

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 actress Claire Skinner.

1110 Essential Schubert Songs – one each day.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Richard Strauss

    Festmarsch in E flat major, Op 1

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Strauss: Josephslegend etc: Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Jarvi.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 27.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata No 31 in A flat major, H XVI 46, 'Divertimento' (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Haydn Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Chandos.
    • 9.
  • Eric Whitacre


    Choir: Elora Festival Singers. Conductor: Noel Edison.
    • Eric Whitacre, Choral Music: Elora Festival Singers.
    • Naxos.
    • 10.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Legends Op 59: No.10 in B flat minor

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622: III. Rondo. Allegro

    Performer: Julien Hervé. Conductor: Gustavo Gimeno. Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Clarinet Quintet & Quintettsatz, K.Anh.91.
    • NoMadMusic.
    • 3.
  • Claude Debussy

    La cathédrale engloutie

    Orchestrator: Henry Wood. Conductor: Nicholas Braithwaite. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Orchestrations by Sir Henry Wood: London Philharmonic Orchestra/Braithwaite.
    • Lyrita.
    • 6.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, Op 87 No 10

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
    • Shostakovich The Preludes & Fugues Alexander Melnikov Piano.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 19.
  • Louis Spohr

    Nonet in F major, Op 31 (Finale)

    Ensemble: Ensemble 360.
    • Spohr: Septet and Nonet: Ensemble 360.
    • ASV.
    • 4.
  • Chabuca Granda

    La Flor de la Canela

    Music Arranger: José Carli. Ensemble: Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker.
    • EMI.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Symphonic Variations

    Orchestra: Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antoni Wit.
    • NAXOS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68 (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Brahms: 4 Symphonies: Berlin Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 4.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (Cantata No 1)

    Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Choir: Amsterdam Baroque Choir. Director: Ton Koopman.
    • Bach - Complete Cantatas 13.
    • Challenge Classics.
    • 1.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    The Sea Hawk (Main titles)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • Chandos.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Church Windows: The Flight into Egypt

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Geoffrey Simon.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Charles Trenet

    La Mer

    Orchestrator: Albert Lasry. Performer: Charles Trenet. Orchestra: Orchestra & Choir. Conductor: Albert Lasry.
    • Les Plus Grandes Chansons Du Siecle CD2.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Dmitrie Cantemir

    Improvisation and Dance, 'Buselik Usules'

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Jón Leifs


    Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • BIS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Nacht und Träume, D 827

    Performer: Gerald Moore. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
    • Schubert Lieder.
    • DG.
    • 003.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Fête polonaise (Le roi malgré lui)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Chabrier: Espana: Wiener Philharmoniker, John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 11.
  • Alissa Firsova

    Stabat Mater

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Spirit, Strength & Sorrow.
    • Coro.
    • 2.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Pezzo capriccioso, arr. for cello and piano

    Performer: Narek Hakhnazaryan. Performer: Katya Apekisheva.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Concerto in G Major, M. 83: II. Adagio assai

    Performer: Javier Perianes. Conductor: Josep Pons. Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris.
    • Ravel: Concerto en sol, Le Tombeau de Couperin & Alborada del gracioso.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 9.
  • Il Fásolo

    Ciaconna, 'Acceso mio core'

    Ensemble: Le Poème Harmonique. Conductor: Vincent Dumestre.
    • Il Fasolo: Le Poeme Harmonique/Dumestre.
    • Alpha.
    • 17.
  • Fanny Hensel

    Six melodies pour le piano - Allegro molto vivace

    Performer: Béatrice Rauchs.
    • BIS.
  • Leos Janáček

    From the House of the Dead (Overture)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Libor Pešek.
    • Virgin.


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