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Ian Skelly

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 As part of New Year New Music, Radio 3 presenter Kate Molleson introduces a favourite piece of music written since the millennium.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the actress Anna Chancellor.

1110 Essential Five – this week we suggest five essential Romantic violin concertos.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Meredith Monk

    Ellis Island for two pianos

    Performer: Ursula Oppens. Performer: Bruce Brubaker.
    • ECM.
  • Peter Cornelius

    The Three Kings arr Atkins

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks. Singer: Stephen Varcoe.
    • EMI.
  • Jacques Ibert

    Flute Concerto: III. Allegro scherzando

    Orchestra: Frankfurt Radio Symphony. Conductor: Jaime Martín.
    • Nielsen, Ibert & Arnold: Flute Concertos.
    • Ondine.
    • 203.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Sonata in F major, K 376 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Frank Peter Zimmermann. Performer: Alexander Lonquich.
    • Mozart: Sonatas for Piano and Violin: Zimmerman, Lonquich.
    • EMI.
    • 10.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Euryanthe (Overture)

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Marek Janowski.
    • EMI.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Son nata a lagrimar (I was born to weep), from Giulio Cesare in Egitto

    Singer: Charlotte Hellekant. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    The Storming of Krasnaya Gorka (The Unforgettable Year 1919, Op 89a)

    Performer: Martin Roscoe. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky.
    • The Film Music of Dmitri Shostakovich, Vol.3.
    • Chandos.
    • 8.
  • Louise Farrenc

    Nonet in E flat major, Op.38 (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Consortium Classicum.
    • Farrenc: Nonet & Clarinet Trio.
    • Divox.
    • 4.
  • Rued Langgaard

    The Star in the East, BVN 180

    Singer: Anne Margrethe Dahl. Orchestra: Aarhus Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Frans Rasmussen.
    • Langgaard: Sinfonia Interna.
    • Dacapo.
    • 1.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Son nata a lagrimar (I was born to weep), from Giulio Cesare in Egitto

    Singer: Charlotte Hellekant. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in E major, K 380

    Performer: Yuja Wang.
    • Yuja Wang: Transformation.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Rebecca Saunders

    Skin

    Ensemble: Klangforum Wien. Singer: Juliet Fraser.
    • NEOS.
  • Hans Rott

    Symphony No 1 in E major - 3rd movement, Scherzo - frisch und lebhaft

    Orchestra: Münchner Symphoniker. Conductor: Hansjörg Albrecht.
    • Oehms.
  • Elena Langer

    Snow

    Performer: Roman Mints. Performer: Katya Apekisheva.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Son nata a lagrimar (I was born to weep), from Giulio Cesare in Egitto

    Singer: Charlotte Hellekant. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)

    Singer: Anna Netrebko. Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Anna Netrebko: sempre libera: Claudio Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 16.
  • Eric Rogers

    Carry on Cleo - extended theme

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Vivo in te (Tamerlano)

    Singer: Dame Sarah Connolly. Orchestra: The English Concert. Singer: Rosemary Joshua. Director: Harry Bicket.
    • Handel Duets: The English Concert.
    • Chaconne.
    • 9.
  • Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou

    Homesickness

    Performer: Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou.
    • Ethiopiques 21.
    • Buda Music.
    • 09.
  • Marianna Martines

    Overture in C major (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: La Floridiana. Conductor: Nicholeta Paraschivescu.
    • deutsche harmonia mundi.
  • John Dunstable

    Alma Redemptoris Mater

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble. Conductor: Paul Hillier.
    • EMI.
  • Edward Elgar

    Violin Concerto in B minor, Op 61 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Nigel Kennedy. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • Elgar: Violin Concerto.
    • EMI.
    • 2.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Notturno No 5 in C major, H II 29

    Ensemble: Mozzafiato. Ensemble: L'Archibudelli.
    • Sony.
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar

    Nocturne (Serenade in F major)

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Stenhammar: Serenade Op. 31.
    • BIS.
    • 5.
  • Fanny Mendelssohn

    January (The Year)

    Performer: Lauma Skride.
    • Sony.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata No 65, 'Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen'

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • J.S. Bach, Cantatas Vol 18: Gardiner.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
    • 11.

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