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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Seth Lakeman, PG Wodehouse

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

  • Josef Suk

    Serenade in E flat major, Op 6 (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Metamorphosen Berlin. Conductor: Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.
    • Sony.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Quintet in D major (4th mvt)

    Performer: Richard Watkins. Performer: Marianne Thorsen. Performer: Richard Hosford. Performer: Paul Watkins. Performer: Ian Brown.
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams: the Early Chamber Music.
    • Hyperion.
    • 8.
  • Chris Norman

    Nova Scotia January; Waltz from Cape Breton

    Ensemble: Helicon. Performer: Freyda Epstein.
    • Helicon: The Titan.
    • Dorian.
    • 4.
  • Carl Stamitz

    Concerto for Flute & Oboe in G Major (Attrib. C. Stamitz): I. Allegro

    Performer: Ana de la Vega. Performer: Ramón Ortega Quero. Ensemble: TrondheimSolistene.
    • Haydn, A. Stamitz & C. Stamitz: Concertos.
    • PENTATONE.
    • 201.
  • Georges Bizet

    L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Carmen)

    Singer: Marina Domashenko. Singer: Eva Mei. Singer: Bryn Terfel. Singer: Thierry Félix. Singer: Magali Léger. Singer: Delphine Haidan. Singer: Olivier Lallouette. Singer: Andrea Bocelli. Singer: Alain Gabriel. Choir: Choir of Radio France. Choir: Maîtrise de Radio France. Orchestra: Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France. Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung.
    • Bizet, Carmen - Duets and Arias: Bocelli/Domashenko/Mei/Terfel.
    • Decca.
    • 2.
  • Franz Liszt

    Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este (3me Années de pèlerinage)

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
    • Liszt: Annees de Pelerinage: Bertrand Chamayou.
    • Naive.
    • 4.
  • Anon.

    Galliard and Allemande

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • Alia Vox.
  • Ravi Shankar

    Kafi Zila (Symphony)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: David Murphy.
    • Ravi Shankar Symphony.
    • LPO.
    • 1.
  • William Alwyn

    Suite for oboe and harp

    Performer: Nicholas Daniel. Performer: Ieuan Jones.
    • William Alwyn: Chamber Works Vol.1: Haffner Wind Ensemble of London.
    • Chandos.
    • 5-7.
  • Georges Bizet

    L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Carmen)

    Singer: Marina Domashenko. Singer: Eva Mei. Singer: Bryn Terfel. Singer: Thierry Félix. Singer: Magali Léger. Singer: Delphine Haidan. Singer: Olivier Lallouette. Singer: Andrea Bocelli. Singer: Alain Gabriel. Choir: Choir of Radio France. Choir: Maîtrise de Radio France. Orchestra: Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France. Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung.
    • Bizet, Carmen - Duets and Arias: Bocelli/Domashenko/Mei/Terfel.
    • Decca.
    • 2.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    The Ruins of Athens, Op 113 (Overture)

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • Beethoven: Overtures: Sir Colin Davis.
    • CBS.
    • 1.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 84 in E flat major (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Tafelmusik. Conductor: Bruno Weil.
    • Haydn: Paris Symphonies Nos. 82, 83 & 84: Tafelmusik/Weil.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 12.
  • Adolf von Henselt

    Piano Concerto in F minor, Op 16 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Henselt and Alkan Piano Concertos.
    • Hyperion.
    • 3.
  • Sebastián Iradier

    El Arreglito

    Performer: Bartomeu Jaume. Singer: José Ferrero.
    • Columna Musica.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix (Samson et Dalila)

    Singer: Angela Gheorghiu. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Marco Armiliato.
    • EMI.
  • Georges Bizet

    Variations on a theme from Carmen

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
    • Vladimir Horowitz The Indespensable.
    • BMG Classics.
    • 15.
  • Louis Vierne

    Organ Symphony No 1 in D major, Op 14 (6th mvt)

    Performer: Andrew Nethsingha.
    • PRIORY.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    As I walked over London Bridge (6 studies in English Folk Song) arr. for violin

    Performer: Matthew Trusler. Music Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. Conductor: Iain Burnside.
    • Albion Records.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La Cenerentola (Overture)

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Rossini: Overtures: Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 5.
  • John Ireland

    A Downland Suite - no.2; Elegy

    Ensemble: London Collegiate Brass. Conductor: James Stobart.
    • Walton/Tippett/Britten/Ireland: London Collegiate Brass/Stobart.
    • CRD.
  • Josef Rheinberger

    Abendlied

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • SOLI DEO GLORIA.
  • Yossef Hadar

    Evening Of Roses

    Performer: Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Performer: Oliver James. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė‐Tyla.
    • Inspiration.
    • DECCA.
    • 1.
  • György Ligeti

    6 Bagatelles (no.3)

    Ensemble: Galliard Ensemble.
    • Music For Wind Quintet.
    • DEUX ELLES.
    • 6.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Cessate, omai cessate, RV 684: II. Ah, ch'infelice sempre (Arr. E. Segre)

    Performer: Emanuele Segre. Music Arranger: Emanuele Segre. Orchestra: Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicale. Conductor: Carlo Boccadoro.
    • Italian Guitar Concertos.
    • Delos.
    • 101.
  • Richard Strauss

    Der Rosenkavalier - Waltz Suite

    Orchestra: Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • DECCA.

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