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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium, A Spotless Rose, Gareth Malone

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

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ich freue mich in dir, BWV 133: Ich freue mich in dir (arr. M. Knight for brass

    Composer: Matthew Knight. Ensemble: Septura.
    • Christmas with Septura.
    • Naxos.
    • 301.
  • Sandra Marteleur

    En gangar till kaffet

    Performer: Sandra Marteleur. Performer: Gunnar Idenstam.
    • Folkjul II: A Swedish Folk Christmas.
    • BIS.
    • 701.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    The Silver Sleigh Bells, Op.35 no.1

    Performer: Daniil Trifonov.
    • DG.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Concerto for Violin & Cello in A Minor, Op. 102 "Double Concerto": II. Andante

    Performer: Antje Weithaas. Performer: Maximilian Hornung. Orchestra: NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Manze.
    • Schumann & Brahms: Concertos.
    • CPO.
    • 202.
  • Jule Styne

    Let it snow

    Performer: Joshua Bell. Performer: Julian Lage. Performer: Rob Moose. Performer: Michael Aarons. Performer: William Holhouse. Music Arranger: Rob Moose. Singer: Chris Lightcap.
    • Musical Gifts From Joshua Bell and Friends.
    • Sony/Masterworks.
    • 2.
  • Morten Lauridsen

    O magnum mysterium

    Choir: Polyphony. Director: Stephen Layton.
    • A Christmas Present from Polyphony.
    • Hyperion.
    • 14.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Piano Trio No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 21, B. 51: III. Allegretto scherzando

    Ensemble: Tempest Trio.
    • Dvořák: Piano Trios, Vol. 2 – Nos. 1 & 2.
    • Naxos.
    • 103.
  • Anonymous

    Ninna nanna

    Singer: Philippe Jaroussky. Orchestra: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • Via Crucis; L'Arpeggiata; Christina Pluhar.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 2.
  • Morten Lauridsen

    O magnum mysterium

    Choir: Polyphony. Director: Stephen Layton.
    • A Christmas Present from Polyphony.
    • Hyperion.
    • 14.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 74 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Philips.
  • Herbert Howells

    A spotless rose

    Choir: Choir of New College Oxford. Singer: Philip Cave. Conductor: Edward Higginbottom.
    • Nativitas, A celebration of peace: Choir of New College, Oxford/Higginbottom.
    • Erato.
    • 6.
  • Herbert Howells

    Patrick's Siciliano (Howells' Clavichord Book 1)

    Performer: John McCabe.
    • Herbert Howells: Lambert's Clavichord: John McCabe.
    • Hyperion.
  • Philip Glass

    Violin Concerto arr for soprano saxophone (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Amy Dickson. Music Arranger: Amy Dickson. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Mikel Toms.
    • Amy Dickson. Glass Tavener Nyman.
    • RCA Red Seal.
    • 3.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    O magnum mysterium

    Choir: Choir of New College Oxford. Director: Robert Quinney.
    • Novum.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in C sharp minor, Op 131 (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Belcea Quartet.
    • ZIG ZAG.
  • Francis Poulenc

    O magnum mysterium (4 Motets pour le temps de Noël)

    Choir: Choir of New College Oxford. Conductor: Edward Higginbottom.
    • Nativitas, A celebration of peace: Choir of New College, Oxford/Higginbottom.
    • Erato.
    • 13.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    The Tempest (Act 4: Overture)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Sullivan.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 5.
  • Patrick Doyle

    Non Nobis Domine (Henry V)

    Singer: Patrick Doyle. Choir: Stephen Hill Singers. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 22

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: James Judd.
    • DECCA.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (Spartacus Suite No 2)

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Khachaturian: Spartacus Suites: SNO, Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
    • 6.
  • Trad.

    Christmas Eve Reel, Christmas in America, Old Christmas Eve

    Music Arranger: Jeannette Sorrell. Ensemble: Apollo’s Fire.
    • Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain.
    • Avie.
    • 001.
  • Harold Edwin Darke

    In the bleak midwinter

    Performer: Mark Shepard. Singer: Rebecca Harrison. Singer: Roger Brotherton. Choir: Birmingham Bach Choir. Ensemble: Fine Arts Brass Ensemble. Director: Paul Spicer.
    • Birmingham Bach Choir: There Shall A Star.
    • Birmingham Bach Choir.
    • 15.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    December: Christmas (The Seasons, Op 37b)

    Performer: Pavel Kolesnikov.
    • Tchaikovsky - The Seasons; Six Pieces.
    • Hyperion.
    • 12.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    In dulci jubilo, BWV 608, arranged for brass ensemble

    Ensemble: Onyx Brass.
    • Canite Tuba: Music for Advent and Christmas.
    • Resonus.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Invitation to the dance - rondo brillant, orch. Berlioz [orig. for piano]

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
    • CHANDOS.

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