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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Barbara Taylor Bradford, The Peach Melba

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. This morning's starter: Poulenc's gothic Organ Concerto.

1010 Musical Time Travellers – stories behind the music making of the British Isles. Nellie Melba.

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

  • William Walton

    Popular Song (Façade)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • William Walton.
    • Decca.
    • 9.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Agrippina (Overture)

    Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Handel: Agrippina: John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Philips.
    • 1.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sonata in A Major, D. 959: II. Andantino

    • Llŷr Williams: Schubert, Vol. 1.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 102.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Double Concerto for violin and cello (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Julia Fischer. Performer: Daniel Müller‐Schott. Orchestra: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra Amsterdam. Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg.
    • PENTATONE.
  • Trad.

    Away in a manger

    Music Arranger: Graham Fitkin. Performer: Ruth Wall.
    • The Three Harps of Christmas.
    • GFR.
    • 14.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Organ Concerto in G minor

    Performer: Marie‐Claire Alain. Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: James Conlon.
    • Poulenc: Concerto Pour Orgue/ Concert Champêtre: Conlon, Alain, Koopman.
    • Erato.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Zefiro torna, e di soavi accenti

    Singer: Anna Prohaska. Singer: Magdalena Kožená. Orchestra: La Cetra Barockorchester Basel. Conductor: Andrea Marcon.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Anthony Gray

    Breakfast Carol Competition 2019; No.4 Go to the Child

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Bob Chilcott.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No 17 in G major, K 453 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Maria João Pires. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Mozart; Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Maria Pires - Piano.
    • DGG.
    • 1.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    The Swan (Carnival of the Animals)

    Performer: Mats Lidström. Performer: Bengt Forsberg.
    • Camille Saint-Saens: Music for Cello: Lidstrom/Forsberg.
    • Hyperion.
    • 4.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Vissi d'Arte (Tosca)

    Singer: Nellie Melba. Orchestra: Orchestra. Conductor: Walter B. Rogers.
    • Romophone.
  • Time Traveller: Nellie Melba at the Savoy

  • Richard Wagner

    Lohengrin - Act 3; Prelude

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • Wagner: Preludes: Siegried-Idyll/Bernard Haitink.
    • Philips.
    • 4.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon (Overture)

    Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta. Conductor: Jean‐Jacques Kantorow.
    • Weber: Overtures: Tapiola Sinfonietta, Kantorow.
    • BIS.
  • Léon Boëllmann

    Suite gothique in C minor, Op.25 (Toccata)

    Performer: Ian Tracey.
    • Bombarde! French Organ Classics - Ian Tracey.
    • Chandos.
  • Simon Hancock

    Breakfast Carol Competition 2019; No.5 Go to the Child

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Bob Chilcott.
  • Henry Purcell

    Timon of Athens (Overture)

    Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • DG.
  • Barbara Taylor Bradford on newsrooms

  • Leroy Anderson

    The Typewriter

    Orchestra: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Frederick Fennell.
    • MERCURY.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Harold in Italy

    Performer: Tabea Zimmermann. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • LSO LIVE.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    O Radiant Dawn

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

    Violin concerto in D major, Op.3 no.1 - 1st movement, Allegro maestoso

    Performer: Zhou Qian. Orchestra: Toronto Camerata. Conductor: Kevin Mallon.
    • Saint-George: Complete Violin Concertos, Vol.2.
    • NAXOS.
    • 7.
  • Claude Debussy

    Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Anonymous

    Veni Veni Emanuel

    Choir: Gabrieli Consort. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • SIGNUM CLASSICS.
  • Anon.

    O come, O come

    Music Arranger: David Rees-Williams. Ensemble: David Rees-Williams Trio.
    • Signum.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Chamber Sonata in A, Op 4 No.3

    Ensemble: Avison Ensemble.
    • LINN.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Má vlast: Tábor

    Conductor: Paavo Berglund. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden.
    • Smetana: Ma Vlast.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 105.

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