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Classical music to inspire you

Orchestral music by Brahms and Eric Coates, fire-themed pieces by Debussy and Stravinsky separated by the tranquility of Arvo Pärt, and the driving rhythms of Alfonso and Adams.

We begin with orchestral music by Brahms and Eric Coates. There are two lively fire-themed pieces by Debussy and Stravinsky, separated by the tranquility of Arvo Pärt, and we end with the driving rhythms of music by 13th-century monarch and composer Alfonso X and the contemporary American composer John Adams.

Producer Nick Holmes

30 minutes

Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No 4 in E minor, Op 98 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Brahms - The Symphonies.
    • Decca.
    • 7.
  • Eric Coates

    Concert Waltz 'Footlights'

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • Avie.
  • Claude Debussy

    Feux d'artifice (Preludes, Book 1)

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • Debussy: Preludes Books I & II: Zoltan Kocsis.
    • Philips.
    • 12.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Darf ich...

    Performer: Mari Samuelsen. Ensemble: TrondheimSolistene.
    • Nordic Noir.
    • DECCA.
    • 006.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Berceuse; Finale (The Firebird)

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Alfonso X el Sabio

    Saltarello (Cantigas 79-119)

    Performer: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • Orient - Occident 1200-1700.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 20.
  • John Adams

    Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • Adams: The Shaker Loops/The Wound Dresser: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Alsop.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.

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