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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Mahler's Blumine, Seth Lakeman, Besses o' th' Barn Brass Band

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

  • Gabriel Fauré

    Romance sans paroles No 3 in A flat major

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Erato.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo in C for Violin and Orchestra K373

    Performer: James Ehnes. Orchestra: Mozart Anniversary Orchestra.
    • CACBC.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115: III. Andantino. Presto

    Performer: Florent Héau. Ensemble: Quatuor Voce.
    • Brahms.
    • Klarthe.
    • 7.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Concert champêtre (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Ton Koopman. Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: James Conlon.
    • Poulenc: Organ concert/Piano concertos: Conlon.
    • Erato.
    • 4.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230

    Choir: Det Norske Solistkor. Ensemble: Ensemble Allegria. Conductor: Grete Pedersen.
    • Bach: The Motets.
    • BIS.
    • 18.
  • Gustav Mahler


    Orchestra: Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • RCA.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Boléro, Op 19

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Chopin: The Solo Piano Works: Ashkenazy.
    • London.
    • 4.
  • Cecilia McDowall

    Alma redemptoris Mater - motet for chorus

    Ensemble: Marian Consort. Director: Rory McCleery.
    • Music For The Queen Of Heaven.
    • 5.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Dumbarton Oaks

    Ensemble: Ensemble intercontemporain. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.
  • Louise Farrenc

    Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 35: IV. Andante - Allegro

    Orchestra: European Soloists, Luxembourg. Conductor: Christoph König.
    • Farrenc: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3.
    • Naxos.
    • 4.
  • Richard Strauss

    Suite in B flat major for 13 wind instruments, Op 4 (Präludium)

    Ensemble: London Winds. Director: Michael Collins.
    • Richard Strauss - Complete Music for Winds.
    • Hyperion.
    • 4.
  • Jean Françaix

    7pm Géranium triste; 9pm Silène noctiflore (L'horloge de flore)

    Performer: Albrecht Mayer. Ensemble: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Mathias Mönius.
    • Decca.
  • Giacomo Puccini


    Ensemble: Signum Quartet.
    • Quartet Movements: Signum Quartett.
    • Capriccio.
    • 2.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La scala di seta (Overture)

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Touareg De Fewet


    • Musique du Monde.
  • Hans Pfitzner

    Palestrina (Prelude to Act 1)

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • Hans Pfitzner.
    • Orfeo.
    • 001.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Gloria (Missa Papae Marcelli)

    Director: Peter Phillips. Choir: Tallis Scholars.
    • Live in Rome: The Tallis Scholars.
    • Gimell.
    • 4.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Quintet no.1 Op.73 for brass 1st mvt

    Ensemble: Stockholm Chamber Brass.
    • BIS.
  • Leos Janáček

    Suite from The Cunning Little Vixen

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Chandos.
  • Lennox Berkeley

    Piano Concerto Op. 29: ii: Andante

    Performer: Howard Shelley. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Chandos.
  • Il Fásolo

    Ciaconna, 'Acceso mio core'

    Ensemble: Le Poème Harmonique. Conductor: Vincent Dumestre.
    • Il Fasolo: Le Poeme Harmonique/Dumestre.
    • Alpha.
    • 17.
  • Claude Debussy

    Rondes de printemps (Images)

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.


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