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Ian Skelly with Essential Brahms, Holst in Reading

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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

  • Igor Stravinsky


    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • Stravinsky: The Firebird; Petrushka; The Rite of Spring - Chicago Symphony Orche.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 16.
  • Gregorio Allegri


    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Coro.
  • Alexander Borodin

    In the steppes of central Asia

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Rimsky-Korsakov - Sheherazade etc..
    • PHILIPS.
    • 5.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Menuet in G minor

    Ensemble: Danish Quartet.
    • Carl Nielsen: 4 Quartets and 6 Movements for String Quartet.
    • Kontrapunkt.
    • 10.
  • Gustav Holst

    Venus, the bringer of peace (The Planets, Op.32)

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: William Steinberg.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Trio in B flat major Op.97 (Archduke): Andante cantabile

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim. Performer: Pinchas Zukerman. Performer: Jacqueline du Pré.
    • EMI.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    For Ian

    Performer: John York.
    • Black Box.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Suite in D major, HWV 341

    Performer: Alison Balsom. Performer: Trevor Pinnock. Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Purcell, Handel: Sound the Trumpet: Alison Balsom, Trevor Pinnock.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Gustav Holst

    Mercury, the Winged Messenger (The Planets, Op 32)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
    • London Philharmonic Orchestra - Holst The Planets - Vladimir Jurowski Conductor.
    • LPO.
  • Gustav Holst

    A Fugal Overture, Op.40`1

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Giacomo Puccini


    Ensemble: Signum Quartet.
    • Quartet Movements: Signum Quartett.
    • Capriccio.
    • 2.
  • Henry Purcell

    Curtain Tune (From Timon of Athens)

    Music Arranger: Barokksolistene. Performer: Bjarte Eike. Ensemble: Barokksolistene.
    • The Alehouse Sessions.
    • RUBICON.
    • 102.
  • Libby Larsen

    Deep Summer Music

    Orchestra: Colorado Symphony. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • KOCH.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No 41 in C major, K 551, 'Jupiter' (4th mvt)

    Conductor: Jeffrey Tate. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra.
    • Mozart: Complete Symphonies: Jeffrey Tate.
    • EMI.
    • 8.
  • Joby Talbot

    April: The First Day of Summer (Once Around the Sun)

    Performer: Joby Talbot. Performer: Rob Farrar. Performer: Manson Morris.
    • SONY.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Le jardin féerique (Ma Mère l'Oye)

    Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye, Le tombeau de Couperin & Shéhérazade, ouverture de féerie.
    • 12.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Trio in E flat major for horn, violin and piano, Op 40 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Barry Tuckwell. Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Itzhak Perlman: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon.
    • DG.
    • 8.
  • Béla Bartók

    Dance Suite

    Orchestra: Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar. Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Quintet in E flat for piano & winds, K. 452: i) Largo - Allegro moderato

    Ensemble: Ensemble Dialoghi.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    The little train of the caipira (Bachiana brasileira no.2)

    Orchestra: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Roberto Minczuk.
    • Villa-Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras Volume 1.
    • Bis.
    • 4.
  • Aaron Copland

    Quiet City

    Performer: Thomas Stacy. Performer: Philip Smith. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • DG.
  • George Butterworth

    The Banks of Green Willow

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Butterworth/Delius: English Rhapsody: Halle, Elder.
    • Halle.
  • Claude Debussy

    Dr Gradus ad Parnassum (Children's Corner)

    Performer: Pascal Rogé.
    • A Debussy Recital: Pascal Roge.
    • Decca.
    • 5.
  • Johann David Heinichen

    Dresden Concerto in F major, S232 (1st mvt)

    Conductor: Reinhard Goebel. Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Köln.
    • Johann David Heinichen Dresden Concerti Musica Antiqua Koln Reinhard Goebel.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 11.


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