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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Stanford's Blue Bird, George Bridgetower's Sonata, Alain de Botton

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

  • Hector Berlioz

    Béatrice et Bénédict (Overture)

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Trio No.1 in B Major, Op.8: 2nd movt Scherzo

    Performer: Geoffroy Couteau. Performer: Amaury Coeytaux. Performer: Raphaël Perraud.
    • Brahms: Trios Nos. 1-3 for Piano, Violin & Cello.
    • La Dolce Volta.
    • 2.
  • Sally Beamish

    The Wise Maid

    Performer: Robert Irvine.
    • BIS.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 82 in C major, 'The Bear' (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Concentus Musicus Wien. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Haydn: The Paris Symphonies Nos.82-87.
    • BMG Classics.
    • 4.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    The Blue Bird

    Choir: Oxford Camerata. Conductor: Jeremy Summerly.
    • NAXOS.
  • Michael Torke

    Bright Blue Music

    Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • Michael Torke - Ecstatic Orange etc..
    • Argo.
    • 005.
  • Francesco Cavalli

    Alle ruine del mio regno (La Didone)

    Singer: Núria Rial. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • Warner.
  • Claude Debussy

    Nocturne in D flat major

    Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
    • Debussy, Preludes etc.: Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
    • Decca.
    • 16.
  • Bohuslav Martinu

    Serenade No. 2 for strings

    Orchestra: Prague Philharmonia. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • MUSIQUE D'ABORD.
  • Henry Purcell

    Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts

    Choir: Choir of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Conductor: Andrew Arthur.
    • Priory.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Violin Sonata No 9 in A major, Op 47, 'Kreutzer' (1st mvt)

    Performer: Viktoria Mullova. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout.
    • Beethoven Violin Sonatas 3 & 9 Mullova & Bezuidenhout.
    • Onyx.
    • 4.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Violin Sonata No 9 in A major, Op 47, 'Kreutzer' (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Viktoria Mullova. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout.
    • Beethoven Violin Sonatas 3 & 9 Mullova & Bezuidenhout.
    • Onyx.
    • 6.
  • Marianna Martines

    Harpsichord Concerto in E major (1st mvt)

    Performer: Nicoleta Paraschivescu. Ensemble: La Floridiana.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    The Silver Swan

    Choir: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • English and Italian Renaissance Madrigals.
    • Virgin.
    • 12.
  • Edward Elgar

    Owls, Op 53, No 4

    Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • Elgar: Choral Songs: London Symphony Chorus/Handley.
    • Hyperion.
    • 18.
  • Clément Janequin

    Le chant des oiseaux

    Performer: Ensemble Clément Janequin.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Preludio sinfonico for orchestra

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (Dona Nobis Pacem)

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Bach Mass in B Minor.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
    • 14.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in C minor, D 899 No 1

    Performer: Grigory Sokolov.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Capriccio espagnol

    Conductor: Mariss Jansons. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Mussorgsky & Rimsky-Korsakov: Orchestral Works.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 22.
  • Dobrinka Tabakova

    Cello Concerto (Longing)

    Performer: Kristina Blaumane. Orchestra: Lietuvos kamerinis orkestras. Conductor: Maxim Rysanov.
    • String Paths.
    • ECM NEW SERIES.
    • 003.
  • Josquin des Prez

    Qui habitat in adjutorio Altissimi

    Ensemble: Huelgas Ensemble. Director: Paul Van Nevel.
    • Utopia Triumphans.
    • Sony.
    • 3.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Scherzo (Lyric Pieces, Book 5)

    Performer: Katya Apekisheva.
    • Grieg: Piano Music: Katya Apekisheva.
    • Quartz.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    My Homeland, Op 62

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: István Kertész.
    • Dvorak: The Symphonies: LSO, Istvan Kertesz.
    • Decca.
    • 7.

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