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0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist.

1010 Musical Time Travellers – stories behind the music-making of the British Isles.

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

1130 Slow Moment - time to take a break for a moment's musical reflection.

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Music Played

  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka


    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Violin Sonata no.2 in A Minor, D.385: 4th movt - Allegro

    Performer: Zachary Carrettin. Performer: Mina Gajić.
    • Boundless.
    • Sono Luminus.
    • 7.
  • Thomas Tomkins

    When David heard that Absalom was slain

    Choir: Tallis Scholars. Director: Peter Phillips.
    • Thomas Tomkins: The Great Service: The Tallis Scholars.
    • Gimell.
    • 5.
  • Fanny Mendelssohn

    Piano Trio in D minor, Op 11 (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Clementi-Trio Köln.
    • Largo.
  • Benjamin Britten

    March (Matinées musicales)

    Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
    • Decca.
  • Richard Strauss

    Waltz Sequence no.1 (Der Rosenkavalier)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
    • Symphonic music from operas.
    • Sony.
    • 1.
  • John Adams

    China Gates

    Performer: Gloria Cheng.
    • iano Music of John Adams and Terry Riley: Gloria Cheng-Cochran.
    • Telarc.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in F major, RV.99

    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico.
    • Concerti da Camera Vol. 4: Il Giardino Armonic.
    • Teldec.
    • 1.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Phaëton, Op 39

    Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • SONY.
  • Lars‐Erik Larsson

    A Winter's Tale, Op 18

    Performer: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Stig Westerberg.
  • Meredith Monk

    Ellis Island for two pianos

    Performer: Ursula Oppens. Performer: Bruce Brubaker.
    • ECM.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    La boutique fantasque (Tarantella)

    Orchestra: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Rossini-Respighi: La Boutique Fantasque - Davis.
    • CBS.
    • 2.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Quartet movement in A minor for piano and strings

    Performer: Gidon Kremer. Performer: Veronika Hagen. Performer: Clemens Hagen. Performer: Oleg Maisenberg.
    • DG.
  • Claude Debussy

    Pagodes [Estampes]

    Orchestrator: Percy Grainger. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Simon Rattle conducts British Music.
    • EMI.
    • 14.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Ihr habt nur Traurigkeit (A German Requiem, Op 45)

    Singer: Dorothea Röschmann. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Choir: Rundfunkchor Berlin.
    • EMI.
  • Jonny Greenwood

    Phantom IV

    Performer: Daniel Pioro.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Edward Elgar

    Serenade in E minor, Op 20

    Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Elgar: City of London Sinfonia/Hickox.
    • EMI.
    • 10.
  • Ferdinand Hérold

    Clog Dance (La fille mal gardée)

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
    • EMI.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Christe adoramus te (First Book of Motets, 1620)

    Ensemble: Concerto Italiano. Director: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • Naïve.
  • Josef Suk

    Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 8 - Scherzo: Presto

    Orchestra: Nash Ensemble.
    • HELIOS : CDH 55416.
    • Helios.
    • 10.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Norwegian melody and Folk melody

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • EMI.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Scherzo fantastique, Op 3

    Orchestra: Imperial Music Choir. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Stravinsky: Firebird Suite: St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra/Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
    • 11.


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