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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Gareth Malone, Warlock's Immortal Carouses, Nielsen's Journey to the Faroes

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 choral maestro Gareth Malone.

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

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Leopold Mozart

    A musical sleigh ride

    Music Arranger: Philip Lane. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
    • The Night Before Christmas.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • Robert Parsons

    Ave Maria

    Choir: Cardinall's Musick. Director: Andrew Carwood. Director: David Skinner.
    • GAUDEAMUS.
  • Franz Schubert

    4 Impromptus, Op. 90: Impromptu No. 3

    Performer: Denis Pascal.
    • Schubert, Vol. 2.
    • La Musica.
    • 7.
  • Philip Lane

    Wassail Dances

    Conductor: Gavin Sutherland. Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Hely-Hutchinson: A Carol Symphony: City of Prague Phil, Sutherland.
    • Naxos.
    • 11-13.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Sibilar gli angui d'Aletto (Rinaldo)

    Singer: Christopher Purves. Orchestra: Arcangelo. Conductor: Jonathan Cohen.
    • Handel: Finest Arias for Bass Voice: Purves/Arcangelo/Cohen.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Rhapsodic Overture, 'A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes'

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Morten Lauridsen

    Sure on this shining night (Nocturnes)

    Choir: Polyphony. Performer: Morten Lauridsen. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • Lauridsen: Nocturnes, Mid-Winter Songs, Les Chansons des Roses: Polyphony, Layto.
    • Hyperion.
    • 16.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Scherzo-valse (Suite pastorale)

    Ensemble: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Bizet/Chabrier: Les Siecles/Francois-Xavier Roth.
    • Mirare.
    • 8.
  • Francesca Caccini

    Dolce Maria

    Performer: Amanda Keesmaat. Performer: Luc Beauséjour. Singer: Shannon Mercer.
    • Francesca Caccini: O Viva Rosa.
    • Analekta.
    • 6.
  • Pietro Locatelli

    Concerto Grosso in F minor, op.1 no.8 ('Christmas Concerto')

    Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Ton Koopman.
    • Locatelli: The Italian Music Master In Amsterdam.
    • CHALLENGE CLASSICS.
    • 14-16.
  • Peter Warlock

    Pieds en l'air (Capriol Suite)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Clio Gould.
    • English String Classics 2: Vaughan Williams/Warlock/Tippet/Elgar etc.
    • Apex.
    • 11.
  • Peter Warlock

    Bransles (Capriol Suite)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Clio Gould.
    • English String Classics 2: Vaughan Williams/Warlock/Tippet/Elgar etc.
    • Apex.
    • 10.
  • Peter Warlock

    Bethlehem Down

    Choir: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Director: Graham Ross.
    • Veni Emmanuel - Music for Advent.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 16.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in D minor, K 9, 'Pastorale'

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Scarlatti: Sonatas: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 18.
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    Christmas Overture (The Forest of Wild Thyme, Op 74)

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
    • The Night Before Christmas.
    • Naxos.
    • 2.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Piano Concerto No 5 'Egyptian' Op 103 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou. Orchestra: Orchestre national de France. Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine.
    • Erato.
  • Peter Maxwell Davies

    Farewell to Stromness

    Performer: Sean Shibe. Music Arranger: Tim Walker.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sheep may safely graze orch Stokowski (Cantata No 208)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Matthias Bamert.
    • Stokowski's Symphonic Bach.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 1.
  • Hubert Parry

    Blest Pair of Sirens

    Conductor: Adrian Boult. Choir: London Philharmonic Choir. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Frederic Jackson.
    • EMI.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in F major RV.138 for string orchestra

    Orchestra: Accademia Bizantina. Conductor: Ottavio Dantone.
    • NAIVE.
  • Fredrik Sixten

    There is no Rose

    Choir: Sofia Vocal Ensemble. Conductor: Bengt Ollén.
    • Footprint.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Cinderella's Arrival at the Ball; Grand Waltz (Cinderella)

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • DECCA.
  • Hector Berlioz

    L'enfance du Christ (L'adieu des bergers)

    Choir: Tenebrae. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ: Sir Colin Davis, LSO, Tenebrae Choir.
    • LSO Live.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor, Op 11 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Murray Perahia. Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
    • Perahia Plays Chopin.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 2.
  • Irving Berlin

    White Christmas

    Singer: Louis Armstrong.
    • Christmas Crooners.
    • Music Club.
    • 1.
  • John Duarte

    English Suite, Op.31 (Folk Song)

    Performer: Antigoni Goni.
    • Naxos.

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