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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Whitacre's Water Night

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

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Mitridate, Re di Ponto (Overture)

    Orchestra: La Cetra Barockorchester Basel. Conductor: Andrea Marcon.
    • DG.
  • Edvard Grieg

    String Quartet in G minor, Op 27 (Romanze arr Ardal)

    Music Arranger: Alf Årdal. Ensemble: Oslo Camerata. Director: Stephan Barratt-Dur.
    • Grieg: String Quartets (arr. String Orchestra).
    • Naxos.
    • 2.
  • Enrique Granados

    Goyescas, Book 1: III. El fandango de candil

    Performer: Jean‐Philippe Collard.
    • Granados: Goyescas.
    • La Dolce Volta.
    • 3.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No 4 in F minor, Op 36 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • Tchaikovsky 4 - Francesca da Rimini / Nelsons.
    • Orfeo.
    • 4.
  • Anton Stepanovich Arensky

    Concert valse

    Performer: Sergei Nakariakov. Performer: Alexander Markovich.
    • Sergei Nakariakov: Trumpet & Piano.
    • Teldec.
    • 2.
  • Eric Whitacre

    Water Night

    Choir: Eric Whitacre Singers. Choir: Laudibus. Conductor: Eric Whitacre.
    • Eric Whitacre, Light & Gold.
    • Decca.
    • 14.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Petite Symphonie (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • Gounod/Bizet: Symphony no.1/L'Arlesienne: St Paul Chamber Orch/Hogwood.
    • Decca.
    • 8.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade No.3 in A flat major, Op.47

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman.
    • DG.
  • Michael Tippett

    Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • Lachrymae: Music for Strings.
    • Warner.
    • 8.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Symphony No 3 in A minor, Op 56, 'Scottish' (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Vol.2.
    • Chandos.
    • 7.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Lift thine eyes / He, watching over Israel (Elijah)

    Singer: Emily Rowley Jones. Singer: Lucy Ballard. Singer: Ruth Gibbins. Choir: Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir. Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • Signum.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No 7 in D minor, Op 70 (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Dvorak:Symphony no. 7 Suite in A major,Budapest Festival Orchestra,Ivan Fischer.
    • Channel Classics.
    • 4.
  • Franz Schubert

    Gesang der Geister über den Wassern, D 714

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 2: John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
    • 2.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Carnival Waltz, Op.73

    Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Performer: Peter Jablonski.
    • DG.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No 4 in E minor, Op 98 (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Brahms: 4 Symphonies: Berlin Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 4.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita in A minor for flute, BWV 1013 (Allemande; Courante)

    Performer: Michala Petri.
    • RCA.
  • Philip Wilby

    A Breathless Alleluia

    Performer: Black Dyke Band. Performer: Philip Wilby. Conductor: Nicholas Childs.
    • A Breathless Alleluia.
    • NAXOS.
    • 1.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 1: Part I: Aria: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (

    Singer: Lawrence Zazzo. Choir: Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Orchestra: B'Rock Orchestra. Conductor: Peter Dijkstra.
    • Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (Mit einer Werkeinführung).
    • BR-Klassik.
    • 109.
  • Claude Debussy

    Danse sacrée et danse profane

    Performer: Emmanuel Ceysson. Orchestra: Orchestre de chambre de Paris. Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair.
    • Works by Ravel/Debussy.
    • NAIVE.
    • 11-12.
  • Samuel Barber

    Violin Concerto, Op. 14: II. Andante

    Performer: Johan Dalene. Conductor: Daniel Blendulf.
    • Tchaikovsky & Barber: Violin Concertos.
    • BIS.
    • 5.
  • Otto Olsson


    Performer: Henrik Arlestrand. Choir: Sofia Vokalensemble. Conductor: Bengt Ollén.
    • Footprint.
  • John Jenkins

    Fantasia No 15 for viol consort

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Prague Carnival

    Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
    • Smetana: Orchestral Works Vol. 1: BBC Phil, Noseda.
    • Chandos.
    • 6.


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