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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Handel in Chester, Sibelius's Karelia Suite, Seth Lakeman

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 folk singer and songwriter Seth Lakeman.

1110 Essential Five – this week we suggest five essential piece of music for brass ensemble.

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

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Music Played

  • Luigi Boccherini

    Fandango (4th mvt from Quintet No. 4 (G.448) in D major)

    Performer: Giangiacomo Pinardi. Ensemble: Europa Galante. Director: Fabio Biondi.
    • Boccherini: Quintets: Europa Galante.
    • Virgin Veritas.
    • 4.
  • Florence Price

    Symphony No. 4 in D Minor: II. Andante cantabile

    Conductor: John Jeter. Orchestra: Fort Smith Symphony.
    • Price: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4.
    • Naxos.
    • 202.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu D.935'4. Allegro scherzando

    Performer: Llŷr Williams.
    • Llŷr Williams: Schubert, Vol. 4.
    • 8.
  • William Byrd

    Ne irascaris, Domine

    Choir: Tallis Scholars. Director: Peter Phillips.
    • The Tallis Scholars Sing William Byrd.
    • Gimell.
    • 3.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Karelia Suite (Alla marcia)

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Sibelius: The Maiden in the Tower etc: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Jarvi.
    • BIS.
    • 13.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Trumpet Concert in E flat major, H VIIe 1

    Performer: Alison Balsom. Orchestra: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
    • Haydn, Hummel etc: Trumpet Concertos: Alison Balsom.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 4.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Scherzo No 1 in B minor, Op 20

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor.
    • Benjamin Grosvenor: Chopin; Liszt; Ravel.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Michael Torke

    Tahiti, Papeete (Tahiti)

    Ensemble: Ensemble 10/10. Conductor: Clark Rundell.
    • Michael Torke: Tahiti: 10/10 Ensemble/Rundell.
    • Ecstatic Records.
    • 2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in D major, Op 3 No 6

    Ensemble: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Handel: Concerti grossi Op. 3 Nos. 1-6, HWV312-317.
    • Philips.
    • 22-23.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 2 (Ed. W. Shaw): No. 25, And with His Stripes We Are Healed

    Conductor: Edward Polochick. Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Choir: Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale.
    • Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (Ed. W. Shaw).
    • Naxos.
    • 125.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Messiah, HWV 56, Pt. 2 (Ed. W. Shaw): No. 44, Hallelujah!

    Conductor: Edward Polochick. Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Choir: Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale.
    • Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (Ed. W. Shaw).
    • Naxos.
    • 218.
  • Johan Halvorsen

    Passacaglia after Handel

    Performer: Renaud Capuçon. Performer: Gautier Capuçon.
    • Renaud Capucon - Le violion Roi.
    • Virgin.
    • 3.
  • Claude Debussy

    L'isle joyeuse

    Orchestrator: Bernardino Molinari. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Geoffrey Simon.
    • Debussy - Engulfed Cathedral.
    • Cala.
    • 2.
  • Armas Järnefelt


    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
    • EMI.
  • Dag Wirén

    Serenade for Strings, Op 11 (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Magnus Ericsson.
    • BIS.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Holberg Suite, Op 40 (Praeludium)

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Grieg: Holberg Suite/Tchaikovsky: String Serenade: Orheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 1.
  • Alissa Firsova

    Stabat Mater Op.30

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Spirit, Strength & Sorrow.
    • Coro.
    • 2.
  • Gustav Holst

    Egdon Heath

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Teldec.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Novelette (Four Pieces, Op 11)

    Performer: Margaret Fingerhut.
    • Russian Piano Music: Margaret Fingerhut.
    • Chandos.
    • 15.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Sonata No 20 a 22

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Louise Farrenc

    Clarinet Trio in E flat major, Op 44 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Diana Ambache. Performer: Joan Enric Lluna. Performer: Naomi Butterworth.
    • BBC Music.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    French Suite No 6 in E major, BWV 817 (Gavotte)

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • J.S. Bach, The French Suites: Angela Hewitt.
    • Hyperion.
    • 32.
  • Arvo Pärt

    I am the true vine

    Choir: Pro Arte Singers. Director: Paul Hillier.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Intermezzo (Hary Janos Suite, Op 35a)

    Performer: Laurence Kaptain. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
  • David Popper

    Dance of the Elves

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Thomas Adès.
    • RCA.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Africa, Op 89

    Performer: Laura Mikkola. Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta. Conductor: Jean‐Jacques Kantorow.
    • BIS.


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