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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Respighi's Flight into Egypt, Anna Chancellor, New Year New Music

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 Sean Rafferty 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

  • Lili Boulanger

    D'un matin de Printemps

    Orchestra: Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Mark Stringer.
    • Timpani.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in A Major, Op.118'2

    Performer: Hortense Cartier-Bresson.
    • Brahms: Fantasien, Op. 116, Intermezzi, Op. 117 & Klavierstücke, Op. 118.
    • Aparté.
    • 12.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Tsar's Bride (Overture)

    Performer: Christopher Warren‐Green. Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Rimsky-Korsakov - The Tsar's Bride.
    • Philips.
    • 1.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber


    Ensemble: The Purcell Quartet. Performer: Anna McDonald. Performer: Katherine McGillivray. Performer: Rachel Byrt. Performer: William Hunt. Performer: Annette Isserlis. Performer: Pamela Cresswell.
    • Biber: Sacro-Profanum: The Purcell Quartet.
    • Chandos.
    • 6.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Church Windows: The Flight into Egypt

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Geoffrey Simon.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Jonathan Dove

    An Airmail Letter From Mozart

    Performer: Melvyn Tan. Orchestra: London Mozart Players.
    • Signum Classics : SIGCD452.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 1.
  • William Byrd

    Laudibus in sanctis for 5 voices (Cantiones Sacrae Vol 2)

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Ceremony and Devotion, Music for the Tudors: The Sixteen/Christophers.
    • Coro.
    • 2.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Pan and Syrinx, Op 49

    Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • Carl Nielsen: Orchestral music: Danish National Symphony Orch/Dausgaard.
    • Dacapo.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata in F major for piano duet, K 497 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Christoph Eschenbach. Performer: Justus Frantz.
    • Mozart: Music for Piano Duet: Justus Frantz, Christoph Eschenbach.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 3.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Quartet in G minor Op.25 (4th mvt)

    Orchestrator: Arnold Schoenberg. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Barbara Strozzi

    O Maria (Sacri musicali affetti, Libro 1)

    Singer: María Cristina Kiehr. Ensemble: Concerto Soave.
    • Barbara Strozzi.
    • l'empreinte digitale.
    • 16.
  • Alexander Borodin

    In the Steppes of Central Asia

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Kurt Sanderling.
  • Margaret Hubicki

    Rigaudon (Lonely Mere and Rigaudon)

    Performer: Robert Max. Performer: Leyland Kirby.
    • Chandos.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    6 Songs Op.38, no.2; It was in the early spring

    Performer: Igor Gryshyn. Singer: Olena Tokar.
  • George Enescu

    Wind Decet, Op 14 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Director: Lawrence Foster.
    • Georges Enesco, Symphonie de chambre op.33, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne...
    • CLAVES.
    • 7.
  • Max Bruch

    Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op 26 (Finale)

    Performer: Janine Jansen. Orchestra: Gewandhaus Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.
  • Giuseppe Torelli

    Sinfonia in C Major for 4 trumpets, strings and continuo

    Ensemble: La Serenissima. Director: Adrian Chandler.
    • AVIE.
  • Claude Debussy

    Serenade for the Doll (Children's Corner)

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • Debussy: Preludes Books I & II: Zoltan Kocsis.
    • Philips.
    • 15.
  • Peteris Vasks

    The Fruit of Silence

    Choir: Latvian Radio Choir. Orchestra: Sinfonietta Rīga. Conductor: Sigvards Kļava.
    • Vasks: Laudate Dominum.
    • Ondine.
    • 5.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin)

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Rameau: Une Symphonie Imaginaire: Les Musiciens Du Louvre, Minkowski.
    • Archiv Produktion.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude, Op 2 No 1

    Performer: Bruno Philippe. Performer: Jérôme Ducros.
    • Rachmaninov & Myaskovsky: Sonatas for Cello and Piano.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 3.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Rhapsody in A flat major, Op.45 No.3

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.


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