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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Smetana's Dance of the Comedians, Hawker's Hut, Barbara Taylor Bradford

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

  • Enrique Granados

    Allegro de concierto

    Performer: Garrick Ohlsson.
    • Granados - Goyescas & other piano music.
    • Hyperion.
    • 8.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Adagio for cor anglais, K.580a

    Music Arranger: Nicholas Daniel. Ensemble: Britten Oboe Quartet.
  • Christopher Gunning

    Symphony No.2; III.

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Kenneth Woods.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Sonata 'F.A.E.' (Scherzo)

    Performer: Maxim Rysanov. Performer: Evelyn Chang.
    • Maxim Rysanov, Evelyn Chang, works by Brahms, Glinka, Enescu and others.
    • AVIE.
    • 1.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Dance of the Comedians (The Bartered Bride)

    Conductor: Christoph von Dohnányi. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra.
    • Smetana: Overtures and Dances: The Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnanyi.
    • Decca.
    • 9.
  • Juan García de Zéspedes

    Convidando está la noche

    Ensemble: The Harp Consort. Director: Andrew Lawrence‐King.
    • Missa Mexicana: The Harp Consort, Andrew King.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 16.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Les Boréades - Act 4, Sc 4, Entrée de Polymnie

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Archiv.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Introduction and Allegro

    Ensemble: Montreal Chamber Players.
    • Autour de la harpe: Montreal Chamber Players.
    • Atma Classique.
    • 10.
  • Friedrich Kuhlau

    The Robbers' Castle (Overture)

    Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Michael Schønwandt.
    • Kuhlau: Overtures: Danish National Radio Symphony Orch/Schonwandt.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Michiru Oshima


    Performer: Hilary Hahn. Performer: Cory Smythe.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Frank Bridge

    The Sea (Moonlight)

    Performer: Janice Graham. Conductor: Richard Hickox. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
    • Bridge: Orchestral Works: Hickox.
    • Chandos.
    • 11.
  • Robert Stephen Hawker

    Song of the Western Men (Trelawney)

    Ensemble: The Yetties.
    • GRCD.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Four Cornish Dances for orchestra, Op 91

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Bryden Thomson.
    • Malcolm Arnold: Dances: Philharmonia, Thomson.
    • Chandos.
    • 13.
  • Percy Grainger

    Handel in the Strand

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Grainger: Solo Piano Music: Marc-Andre Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.
    • 13.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36: II. Larghetto

    Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe. Orchestra: Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.
    • Beethoven: Famous Pieces.
    • 21.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Dance of the Tumblers (Snow Maiden Suite)

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Overture and Suites from the Operas.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 5.
  • Joseph Horovitz

    Music Hall Suite (Soft-shoe-shuffle)

    Ensemble: Budapest Brass Quintet.
  • Peter Ludwig Hertel

    Clog Dance (La fille mal gardee)

    Music Arranger: John Lanchbery. Orchestra: Royal Opera Orchestra. Conductor: John Lanchbery.
    • Herold/Lecocq: La Fille mal gardee: Royal Opera House Orchestra/Lanchbery.
    • Decca.
    • 17.
  • Bohuslav Martinu

    Le Jazz

    Choir: Sbor Lubomíra Pánka. Orchestra: Prague Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Zbyněk Vostřák.
    • Supraphon.
  • John Jenkins

    Fantasy No.6

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ASTREE.
  • John Williams

    E.T. (Flying theme)

    Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
    • Philips.
  • Paul Lewis Edwards

    Breakfast Carol Competition 2019; No.3 Go to the Child

    Choir: BBC Singers. Performer: Richard Pearce. Conductor: Bob Chilcott.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Quartet Op. 20 No. 4 in D major (final movement)

    Ensemble: Doric String Quartet.
    • Haydn: String Quartets Op. 20.
    • Chandos.
    • 4.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata No 140 (Opening chorus, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme)

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Archiv.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata No 140, 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'

    Music Arranger: Jacques Loussier. Ensemble: Jacques Loussier Trio.
    • DECCA.
  • Robert Schumann

    Fantasy in C major, Op 17 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • EMI.
  • Edward Elgar

    Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, (op.55); III Adagio - Molto espressivo e sostenuto

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Anthony Gray

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

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Bob Chilcott.
  • Agustín Barrios Mangoré

    La catedral (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Thibaut Garcia.
    • ERATO.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Waltz from Cheryomushki Suite

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.


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