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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Le Jardin de Dolly, Alain de Botton, Gounod in London

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 philosopher and author Alain de Botton.

1110 Essential orchestral showstoppers – one each day.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Josef Suk

    Serenade in E flat major, Op 6 (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Metamorphosen Berlin. Conductor: Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.
    • Sony.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No 23 in A major, K 488 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Jeffrey Tate.
    • Mozart - The great piano concertos Vol.1.
    • Philips.
    • 2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: II. Allegro

    Performer: Lina Tur Bonet. Performer: Dani Espasa.
    • Bach & Handel: An Imaginary Meeting.
    • Aparté.
    • 102.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Valse-fantasie in B minor arr for orchestra

    Conductor: Paavo Järvi. Orchestra: Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France.
    • Ballets Russes: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Jarvi.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 13.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Le jardin de Dolly (Dolly Suite, Op 56)

    Performer: Katia Labèque. Performer: Marielle Labèque.
    • Bizet, Ravel, Faure: Katia & Marielle Labeque.
    • Philips.
    • 15.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Prince Igor: Fly on the Wings of the Wind (Polovtsian Dances)

    Choir: Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Conductor: Ivan Repušić. Orchestra: Münchner Rundfunkorchester.
    • Famous Opera Choruses.
    • BR-Klassik.
    • 1001.
  • Juan Crisostomo Arriaga

    String Quartet No 3 in E flat major (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Voces String Quartet.
    • MD+G.
  • John Adams

    Shaker Loops (Shaking and Trembling)

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Edo de Waart.
    • Philips.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Le jardin de Dolly (Dolly Suite, Op 56)

    Performer: Katia Labèque. Performer: Marielle Labèque.
    • Bizet, Ravel, Faure: Katia & Marielle Labeque.
    • Philips.
    • 15.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Waltz in A flat major, Op 38

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor.
    • Dances - Benjamin Grosvenor.
    • Decca.
    • 14.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Funeral March of a Marionette

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No. 7 in E major (3rd mvt, Scherzo)

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • Deutsche Grammophon : 479 7208.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 4.
  • Lili Boulanger

    D'un jardin clair

    Performer: Judith Pfeiffer.
    • Dreyer Gaido.
  • Edward Elgar

    Serenade (The Wand of Youth Suite No 1)

    Conductor: Neville Marriner. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
    • Capriccio.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59, 'Für Elise'

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • The Art of Alfred Brendel: Beethoven.
    • Philips.
    • 13.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Le jardin féerique (Ma Mère l'Oye)

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye, Le tombeau de Couperin & Shéhérazade, ouverture de féerie.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 12.
  • Louis‐Nicolas Clérambault

    Simphonia V [chaconne] in D major

    Ensemble: Les Boréades de Montréal.
    • Journey.
    • Atma Classique.
    • 13.
  • Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

    Toccata in C Major

    • Mersenne's Clavichord: Keyboard Music in 16th & 17th Century France.
    • Divine Art.
    • 1401.
  • Gustav Holst

    A Moorside Suite for brass band

    Performer: Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Conductor: Garry Cutt.
    • Chandos.
  • William Denis Browne

    To Gratiana dancing and singing

    Performer: Roger Vignoles. Singer: Christopher Maltman.
    • Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel, Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad: Maltman, Vigno.
    • Hyperion.
  • Richard Wagner

    The Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walküre)

    Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel.
    • Wagner - Dudamel.
    • DG.
    • 1.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Schottische (Suite populaire bresilienne)

    Performer: Craig Ogden.
    • Tango Nuevo: Craig Ogden.
    • Chandos.
    • 2.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op 21 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Murray Perahia. Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
    • Perahia Plays Chopin.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 5.
  • George Gershwin

    An American in Paris (excerpt)

    Music Arranger: Franck Villard. Performer: Michel Lethiec. Orchestra: Jyväskylä Sinfonia. Conductor: Patrick Gallois.
    • Naxos.
  • Fritz Kreisler

    Marche miniature viennoise

    Performer: Joshua Bell. Performer: Paul Coker.
    • The Kreisler Album: Joshua Bell/Paul Coker.
    • Decca.
    • 15.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Prague Waltzes

    Orchestra: Prague Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • Supraphon.

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