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Essential Classics with Ian Skelly: Claribel, 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

  • Edward Elgar

    Allegretto on G-E-D-G-E

    Performer: Marat Bisengaliev. Performer: Benjamin Frith.
    • Elgar: The Violin Music: Marat Bisengaliev.
    • Naxos.
    • 13.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Rhapsodie d'Auvergne

    Performer: Louis Lortie. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Chandos.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Let thy hand be strengthened, HWV 259

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Coro.
  • Max Richter

    Three Worlds - Music from Woolf Works: In the Garden

    Performer: Max Richter. Performer: Louisa Fuller. Performer: Natalia Bonner. Performer: John Metcalfe. Performer: Ian Burdge. Performer: Chris Worsey.
    • Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works.
    • DG.
    • 2.
  • Maurice Ravel

    String Quartet in F major (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Quatuor Ébène.
    • Ravel, Debussy & Fauré String Quartets.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • Barbara Strozzi

    Cantata: L'Astratto

    Singer: Emőke Baráth. Ensemble: Il Pomo d’Oro. Director: Francesco Corti.
    • Erato.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Finlandia, Op 26

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
    • EMI.
  • Clara Schumann

    Piano Sonata in G minor (1st mvt)

    Performer: Jennifer Eley.
    • Koch.
  • Claribel

    I Cannot Sing the Old Songs

    Music Arranger: Kevin M'Dermott. Singer: Kevin M'Dermott. Ensemble: D.C. Hall's New Concert & Quadrille Band.
    • Grand Concert!.
    • Dorian.
    • 9.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Flute Sonata (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Sharon Bezaly. Performer: Ronald Brautigam.
    • BIS.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Etudes, Op. 10: 4. Etude in C Sharp Minor

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
    • Four pianos, Four Pieces.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 108.
  • Claude Debussy

    String Quartet in G minor, Op 10

    Ensemble: Quatuor Ébène.
    • Virgin.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Symphony No 1 in D major (4th mvt)

    Conductor: Christopher Hogwood. Ensemble: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
    • Gounod/Bizet: Symphony no.1/L'Arlesienne: St Paul Chamber Orch/Hogwood.
    • Decca.
  • George Gershwin

    I Got Rhythm

    Performer: Django Reinhardt. Performer: Stéphane Grappelli. Ensemble: Quintette du Hot Club de France.
    • Regis.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Horn Concerto No 1 in D major, H VIId 4 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Barry Tuckwell. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Decca.
  • Elgar Howarth

    Mosaic for brass band

    Performer: Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Conductor: Elgar Howarth.
    • Bold as Brass.
    • Belart.
    • 9.
  • Steve Reich

    Nagoya Marimbas

    Performer: Colin Currie. Performer: Sam Walton.
    • Classical Chillout.
    • 12.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto No. 1 In A Minor Bwv.1041 For Violin And String Orchestra

    Performer: Cecilia Bernardini. Ensemble: Dunedin Consort. Conductor: John Butt.
    • Linn CKD519.
    • Linn.
    • 8-10.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams


    Performer: Howard Shelley. Performer: Jonathan Snowden. Singer: Stephen Roberts. Choir: Bach Choir. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
    • EMI.
  • François Couperin

    La sultane: Sonate en quatuor

    Performer: Amandine Beyer. Ensemble: Gli Incogniti.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Polonaise in C Major, Op. 89

    Performer: Alessio Bax.
    • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 & Works for Solo Piano.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 16.
  • Béla Bartók

    Transylvanian Dances for orchestra (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Choir: Magyar Rádió és Televízió énekkara. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Bartok: Orchestral Works Vol.1: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer.
    • Philips.
    • 17.


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