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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Holst's Uranus, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Bax's In Memoriam

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

  • Bastian Chilese

    Canzon in echo à 8

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • Battaglie and Lamenti: 1600-1660 Monteverdi, Peri, Fontei, Strozzi.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 5.
  • Richard Strauss

    Es gibt ein Reich (Ariadne auf Naxos)

    Singer: Aga Mikolaj. Orchestra: WDR Radio Orchestra, Cologne. Conductor: Karl Sollak.
    • CPO.
  • Carl Nielsen

    String Quartet No 4 in F major (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Danish String Quartet.
    • Carl Nielsen The Masterworks Volume 2.
    • Da Capo.
    • 6.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Dumka, Op.59

    Performer: Peter Donohoe.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Gustav Holst

    Uranus, the Magician (The Planets, Op 32)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Choir: London Philharmonic Choir. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
    • London Philharmonic Orchestra - Holst The Planets - Vladimir Jurowski Conductor.
    • LPO.
  • Suor Leonora d'Este

    Angeli archangeli troni

    Ensemble: Musica Secreta. Choir: Celestial Sirens. Director: Laurie Stras. Director: Deborah Roberts.
  • Amilcare Ponchielli

    The Meeting

    Performer: Daniel Ottensamer. Performer: Ernst Ottensamer. Ensemble: Wiener Virtuosen.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Iberia Book 2 for piano (Triana)

    Performer: Yuja Wang.
    • Yuja Wang - Fantasia.
    • DG.
    • 7.
  • Dobrinka Tabakova

    Suite in Old Style: 1st movement - Fanfare from the balconies

    Performer: Maxim Rysanov. Performer: Vaiva Eidukaitytė-Storastienė. Orchestra: Lietuvos kamerinis orkestras.
    • ECM New Series.
  • John Dowland

    Can she excuse my wrongs

    Performer: Thomas Dunford. Singer: Iestyn Davies.
    • Dowland - The Art of Melancholy.
    • Hyperion.
    • 7.
  • Arnold Bax

    St Patrick's Breastplate

    Choir: Huddersfield Choral Society. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Arnold Bax

    Eire (In the faery hills)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • Bax: Tone Poems Vol. 1: BBC Philharmonic/Handley.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 1.
  • Arnold Bax

    In Memoriam

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Trio in E flat major D.897 (Notturno) for piano and strings

    Ensemble: Rautio Piano Trio.
    • Resonus.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Ritual Fire Dance (El amor brujo)

    Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Eduardo Mata.
    • Music of Manuel De Falla: Simon Bolivar Symophony Orchestra, Mata, Senn.
    • Dorian.
    • 1.
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen

    Leo (Zodiac)

    Performer: Peter Söderberg. Performer: Sven Åberg.
  • Henry Purcell

    King Arthur, Act III: 'What power art thou' from the Frost Scene

    Singer: Stephen Varcoe. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Purcell - King Arthur.
    • ERATO.
    • 18.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Firebird Suite: Infernal Dance

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Channel Classics.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo in C major, K.373

    Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Sir James MacMillan.
    • DG.
  • Robert Parsons

    Mr Parsons His Songe

    Performer: Jakob Lindberg. Performer: Nigel North. Performer: Paul O’Dette.
    • Three, Four and Twenty Lutes, Lindberg etc..
    • BIS.
    • 9.
  • Richard Wagner

    Magic Fire Music (from Die Walkure)

    Singer: James Morris. Orchestra: Bavarian Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • EMI.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade no.1 in G minor Op.23

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Perahia Plays Chopin.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 1.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    This is the record of John

    Performer: Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor. Performer: Luke Bond. Director: James Vivian.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude & Fugue in E flat major, BWV.552 'St Anne'

    Orchestrator: Arnold Schoenberg. Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Claude Debussy

    Des pas sur la neige (Preludes, Book 1)

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Debussy: Complete works for piano vol.1: Bavouzet.
    • Chandos.
    • 6.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Octet in E flat major, Op 20 (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • Beethoven/Mendelssohn: Nash Ensemble.
    • Wigmore Hall Live.
    • 6.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Chaconne (Les Indes galantes)

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Rameau: Une Symphonie Imaginaire: Musiciens du Louvre/Minkowski.
    • Archiv.
    • 17.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Prague Waltzes

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Dvorak: Legends: Prague Waltzes: Buadapest festival Orchestra / Ivan Fischer.
    • Phillips.
    • 16.


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