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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. This morning's starter is Strauss's exotic and pulse-racing Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome. Other musical highlights include JS Bach's evergreen Brandenburg Concerto No.3, and a keyboard concerto by his most famous son, CPE Bach.

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.

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Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Keyboard Suite in E major, HWV 430 (Air with 5 variations)

    Performer: Finghin Collins.
    • Impromptu - Finghin Collins.
    • RTE Lyric FM.
    • 4.
  • Engelbert Humperdinck

    Hansel Und Gretel (Overture)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Piano Trio in G major - III. Andante espressivo

    Ensemble: Trio Atanassov.
    • Chic à la française.
    • Paraty.
    • 103.
  • John Williams

    Hedwig's Theme (Harry Potter)

    Performer: David Helbock. Music Arranger: David Helbock.
    • Act.
  • John Barry

    For Your Eyes Only - You Only Live Twice

    Composer: Bill Conti. Music Arranger: Jim Clements. Ensemble: VOCES8.
    • Voces 8: Aces High.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 1301.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in F major, Op.74`2 (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: London Haydn Quartet.
    • Haydn: String Quartets, Opp.71 and 74.
    • Hyperion.
    • 8.
  • Richard Strauss

    Dance of the Seven Veils (Salome)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • Orfeo.
  • Mauro Giuliani

    Allegretto in A Major (3 Polonesi concertanti, Op.137 No.2)

    • Giuliani: Music for 2 Guitars, Vol. 1.
    • Naxos.
    • 702.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048

    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • J.S. Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos; Il Giardino Armonico.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 8.
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara

    In the Shade of the Willow: No. 1, Melancholy

    Conductor: Timo Nuoranne. Choir: Helsingin kamarikuoro.
    • Einojuhani Rautavaara 90th Anniversary Edition.
    • Ondine.
    • 801.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    German Dance No 6 in D major, K 571

    Ensemble: Concentus Musicus Wien. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Walzer Revolution.
    • Sony.
    • 9.
  • Time Traveller: Eric Coates's Sleepy Lagoon

  • Aram Khachaturian

    Piano Concerto in D flat Major - 2nd mvt: Andante con anima

    Orchestra: Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie. Conductor: Daniel Raiskin.
    • Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D-Flat Major & Concerto-Rhapsody for Piano and O.
    • CPO.
    • 102.
  • John Playford

    A New Scotch Jig (The English Dancing Master)

    Ensemble: The Harp Consort. Director: Andrew Lawrence‐King.
    • BMG.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Anitra's Dance (Peer Gynt Suite No 1, Op 46)

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • Grieg/Nielsen: Peer Gynt/Aladdin: San Francisco Symphony/Blomstedt.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Bacchanale (Samson et Dalila)

    Performer: Anthony Newman. Conductor: Lorin Maazel. Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
    • Saint-Saens: Organ Symphony/Tone Poems: Pittsburgh Symphony/Maazel.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 7.
  • Henry Purcell

    The Fairy Queen (Act 4 Symphony)

    Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Claire Skinner on Yayoi Kusama

  • Hiromi


    Performer: Hiromi.
    • Alive.
    • 1.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Keyboard Concerto in D major

    Performer: Michael Rische. Orchestra: Berlin Baroque Soloists.
    • CPE Bach Piano Concertos.
    • Haenssler Classics.
    • 4.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Humoresque No 1 in D minor, Op 87

    Performer: Vilde Frang. Orchestra: WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. Conductor: Thomas Søndergård.
    • Prokofiev & Sibelius - Violin Concertos.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 7.
  • Franz Schubert

    The Shepherd on the Rock, D 965

    Singer: Elly Ameling. Performer: Hans Deinzer. Performer: Jörg Demus.
    • Schubert: Songs: Ameling.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Miles Davis

    Blue in Green

    Composer: Bill Evans. Ensemble: Miles Davis Quintet.
    • Columbia.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Serenade in D minor, Op 44 (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Winds of Philhamronia Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • Nina Kotova.
    • SONY.
    • 004.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Symphony No 5, Op 50 (2nd mvt)

    Conductor: Colin Davis. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5; Sir Colin Davis, LSO.
    • LSO Live.
    • 7.


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