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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Barbara Taylor Bradford, Holywell Music Rooms, Eller's Twilight

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 author Barbara Taylor Bradford.

1110 Essential Five – this week we suggest five essential pieces of music for Advent.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Suite no. 2 in C major Op.53: Valse (Moderato. Tempo di valse)

    Orchestra: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • The Stuttgart Recordings.
    • CapriccioNR.
    • 602.
  • Nikita Koshkin

    24 Preludes & Fugues, Vol. 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major

    • Nikita Koshkin: 24 Preludes & Fugues, Vol. 1.
    • Naxos.
    • 101.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet No 20 in D major, K 499, 'Hoffmeister' (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Alban Berg Quartett.
    • EMI.
  • Johann David Heinichen

    Concerto à 8 in C major

    Performer: Pieter Brulleman. Performer: Baldrick Deerenberg. Performer: Sabine d'Hont. Performer: Barbara Karst. Orchestra: Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen.
    • Christmas Concertos - Kammerochestrer Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 1.
  • Heino Eller


    Orchestra: Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester. Conductor: Olari Elts.
    • Eller: Symphonic Poems.
    • Ondine.
    • 301.
  • Anonymous

    Danse traditionnelle bulgare "Kopanitza"

    Performer: Georgi Varbanov.
    • Rhythm is in my heart.
    • NoMadMusic.
    • 107.
  • Enrique Granados

    Valses poéticos

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor.
    • DECCA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Flute Concerto in A minor, BWV 1044 - 1st movement, Allegro

    Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Bach Cantatas: Gardiner.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
    • 18.
  • Heino Eller


    Orchestra: Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester. Conductor: Olari Elts.
    • Eller: Symphonic Poems.
    • Ondine.
    • 301.
  • Gabriel Pierné

    Scherzo-caprice, Op 25

    Performer: Stephen Coombs. Conductor: Ronald Corp. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
    • Pierne: The Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra: Stephen Coombs, BBCSSO, Corp.
    • Hyperion.
  • Gustav Holst

    Cotswold Symphony (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Holst: Cotswolds Symphony.
    • Naxos.
    • 4.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Overture on Hebrew Themes

    Performer: Stefan Vladar. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Pastoral (Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings)

    Performer: Radek Baborák. Singer: Ian Bostridge. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Engelbert Humperdinck

    Evening Prayer (Hänsel und Gretel)

    Singer: Rebecca Evans. Singer: Jennifer Larmore. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel.
    • Chandos.
    • 15.
  • Frederick Delius

    Sleigh Ride (Winter Night)

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Delius in Norway.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 5.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Guitar Concerto, Op 67

    Performer: John Williams. Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Elgar Howarth.
  • Claude Debussy

    Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses (Preludes, Book 2)

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Debussy: Complete works for piano vol.1: Bavouzet.
    • Chandos.
    • 16.
  • George Enescu

    Romanian rhapsody no. 1 in A major Op.11`1

    Orchestra: MDR Sinfonieorchester. Conductor: Kristjan Järvi.
    • The Kristjan Järvi Sound Project - Balkan Fever.
    • Naive.
    • 1.
  • Judith Weir

    Drop down ye heavens from above

    Choir: Choir of Merton College, Oxford. Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas.
    • Advent at Merton: Choir of Merton College, Oxford.
    • Delphian.
  • William Byrd

    Rorate coeli for 5 voices

    Choir: Choir of Merton College, Oxford. Director: Peter Phillips.
    • Advent at Merton.
    • Delphian.
    • 3.
  • Alexander Borodin

    String Quartet no. 2 in D major (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
    • Borodin: String Quartets Nos. 1&2: Borodin Quartet.
    • Chandos.
    • 5.
  • Alexander von Zemlinsky


    Performer: Aulos Wind Quintet.
    • Koch Schwann.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    L'Adorazione dei Magi (Trittico Botticelliano)

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 15.
  • Siri Dyvik

    Travel set

    Composer: Nils Økland. Music Arranger: Bjarte Eike. Ensemble: Barokksolistene. Conductor: Bjarte Eike.
    • The Alehouse Sessions.
    • RUBICON.
    • 9.
  • Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin

    Bagatelle, Op 59 No 9

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
  • Max Reger

    Scherzo (Romantic Suite)

    Music Arranger: Arnold Schoenberg. Ensemble: Lyon Opera Soloists.
    • Schoenberg: Kaiserwalzer and other Transcriptions: Soliste de l'Opera National d.
    • Erato.
    • 2.


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