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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Scarborough Spa Orchestra, Alain de Botton, Bruch's Scottish Fantasy

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.

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Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    Il ritorno di Tobia (Overture)

    Orchestra: Vienna Haydn Sinfonietta. Conductor: Manfred Huss.
    • BIS.
  • Reynaldo Hahn

    Les étoiles

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Alice Coote.
    • Hyperion.
  • Erik Satie

    Je te veux

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Alice Coote.
    • Hyperion.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Sonatina (1959)

    Performer: Iyad Sughayer.
    • BIS.
  • Fanny Hensel

    String Quartet in E flat major (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Quatuor Ébène.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • Max Bruch

    Scottish Fantasy for violin and orchestra, Op 46 (Finale)

    Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Conductor: Rory MacDonald. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
    • Nicola Benedetti - Homecoming.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    O vos omnes

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Singer: Elin Manahan Thomas. Singer: Grace Davidson. Singer: Samuel Evans. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Santiago a cappella; Gardiner.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
    • 6.
  • Robert Lowry

    Shall we gather by the river

    Performer: Lucienne Renaudin Vary. Conductor: Bill Elliott. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Franz Schreker

    Romantic Suite, Op. 14: IV. Tanz

    Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Schreker: The Birthday of the Infanta Suite, Prelude to a Drama & Romantic Suite.
    • Naxos.
    • 15.
  • Michel Farinel

    Faronell's Division on a Ground (1684)

    Music Arranger: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • Altre Follie 1500-1750: Hesperion XXI/Jordi Savall.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 9.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Symphony No 1 in D major, Op 25, 'Classical' (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • Prokofiev: Symphonies nos. 5 & 1: Tilson Thomas.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 8.
  • Leroy Anderson

    Belle of the Ball

    Orchestra: Leroy Anderson & His Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Leroy Anderson.
    • MCA Classics.
  • Eric Coates

    Calling All Workers

    Orchestra: The New London Orchestra. Conductor: Ronald Corp.
    • Hyperion.
  • Percy Whitlock

    Holiday suite for orchestra: Spade and Bucket polka

    Orchestra: RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.
    • Marco Polo.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Twelve Variations on 'See the conqu'ring hero comes'

    Performer: Daniel Müller‐Schott. Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Beethoven: Cello Sonata etc: Muller-Schott/Hewitt.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • Hamish MacCunn

    The Land of the Mountain and the Flood

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • MacCunn - Land of the Mountain and the Flood.
    • Hyperion.
    • 001.
  • Peter Maxwell Davies

    Farewell to Stromness

    Performer: Sean Shibe.
    • An Orkney Wedding.
    • LINN.
    • 8.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Four Scottish Dances (No 1, Strathspey)

    Conductor: Malcolm Arnold. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Malcolm Arnold: English, Irish, Scottish & Cornish Dances: LPO/Arnold.
    • Lyrita.
    • 15.
  • Richard Wagner

    Träume (Wesendonck-Lieder)

    Singer: Waltraud Meier. Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • ERATO.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Scherzo No.4, Op.54

    Performer: Louis Lortie.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Candide (Overture)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • The Best BBC Proms Album in the World... Ever!.
    • Virgin.
    • 1.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Violin Concerto in A minor (BWV.1041)

    Performer: Kati Debretzeni. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Léon Boëllmann

    Suite gothique, Op. 25: III. Priere a Notre-Dame

    Performer: Joseph Nolan.
    • Organ Recital: Nolan, Joseph – Boellmann, L. / Elgar, E. / Thalben-Ball, G. / Li.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 3.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Presto in C major

    Ensemble: Quatuor Diotima.
    • NAIVE.
  • François Couperin

    La verneuillete (Pièces de clavecin, Ordre No 18)

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Couperin: Keyboard Music 1: Angela Hewitt.
    • Hyperion.
    • 10.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ch'io mi scordi di te?, K.505

    Singer: Magdalena Kožená. Performer: Jos van Immerseel. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • ARCHIV.


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