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Ian Skelly with Essential Brahms, Sallinen's Sunrise Serenade, Colonel Bogey

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1100 Essential Five – this week we suggest five essential works by Brahms.

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Music Played

  • William Byrd

    Laudibus in sanctis

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev

    Islamey orch Lyapunov

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • Tchaikovksy:1812 / Borodin: Polovtsian Dances / Balakirev: Islamey : Esa-Pekka S.
    • Philips.
    • 2.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Mallorca - barcarola Op.202 for piano

    Music Arranger: Katona Twins. Performer: Katona Twins.
    • Katona Twins - Albeniz.
    • 1.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052: III. Allegro

    Performer: Francesco Corti. Orchestra: Il Pomo d’Oro.
    • J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos.
    • 3.
  • Aulis Sallinen

    Sunrise serenade, Op.63

    Orchestra: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Jorma Panula.
    • Finnish Orchestral Favourites.
    • NAXOS.
    • 15.
  • Léo Delibes

    Sous le dôme épais (Lakmé)

    Singer: Renée Fleming. Singer: Susan Graham. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing.
    • Guilty Pleasures.
    • Decca.
    • 9.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Scherzo No 4 in E major, Op 54

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor.
    • Benjamin Grosvenor: Chopin, Lizst, Ravel.
    • Decca.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo in C major, K 373

    Performer: Thomas Zehetmair. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair.
    • The Teldec Recordings: Thomas Zehetmair.
    • Teldec.
    • 3.
  • Jonathan Dove

    Piano Quintet - 3rd movement, Lively

    Ensemble: Sacconi Quartet. Performer: Charles Owen.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Armida al campo d'Egitto (Sinfonia)

    Orchestra: Concerto Italiano. Director: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • Antonio Vivaldi, Armida al campo d'Egitto; Concerto Italiano.
    • Naive.
    • 1.
  • Kenneth J.Alford


    Ensemble: Band of HM Royal Marines. Conductor: Captain J.R. Mason.
    • Chandos.
  • Kenneth J.Alford

    The Two Dons

    Ensemble: Band of HM Royal Marines. Conductor: F. J. Ricketts.
    • HMV.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Bridge on the River Kwai (Colonel Bogey)

    Music Arranger: Christopher Palmer. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Arnold: Film Music.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 2.
  • Kenneth J.Alford

    Colonel Bogey - march

    Ensemble: Band of HM Royal Marines. Conductor: Captain J.R. Mason.
    • Chandos.
  • Giuseppe Tartini

    Violin Sonata in G minor "Devil's trill"

    Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Curnyn.
    • Nicola Benedetti: Italia.
    • Decca.
    • 5.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Helios, Op 17

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Nielsen: Aladdin Suite etc: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Jarvi.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 5.
  • Eriks Esenvalds

    The Earthly Rose

    Performer: Sally Pryce. Choir: The Choir Of Trinity College, Cambridge. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • Hyperion.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Concertino in E flat major, Op 26

    Performer: Sabine Meyer. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • EMI.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Sicilienne, Op 78

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Performer: Mariko Anraku.
    • Beau Soir, French and Japanese melodies: Pahud/Anraku.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 6.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier


    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Hyperion.
  • Johannes Brahms

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

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Brahms: Symphonies 1-4. Berliner Philharmoniker - Rattle.
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • Chiara Margarita Cozzolani


    Ensemble: Cappella Artemisia.
    • I Vespri Natalizi (1650).
    • Tactus.
    • 015.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet No.16 in F major, Op.135; Lento assai - cantante e tranquillo

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • DG.
  • Erik Satie

    Sonatine bureaucratique (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Anne Queffélec.
    • Satie: Gymnopedies, Gnossiennes & Sports et Divertissements: Anne Queffelec.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No 1 (2nd mvt 'Blumine')

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Rondo in G minor, Op 94

    Performer: Sol Gabetta. Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Mario Venzago.
    • RCA.


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