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Ian Skelly with essential viola music and Playford's Kettledrum

Essential Classics - the best in classical music, with Ian Skelly

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

1100 Essential Five – this week we suggest five pieces written for the viola.

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

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Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 35 in B flat (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Impromptu No.3 in A flat, Op.34

    Performer: Jean‐Philippe Collard.
  • Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek

    String Quartet in B-Flat Major: IV. Andante con variazioni

    Ensemble: Minguet Quartett.
    • Reznicek: String Quartets.
    • CPO.
    • 304.
  • Jocelyn Pook

    DESH - Hallelujah

    Performer: Sophie Harris. Singer: Sohini Alam. Singer: Melanie Pappenheim. Singer: Jocelyn Pook. Singer: Jeremy Schonfield. Orchestra: Bulgarian Orchestra.
    • Pook Music.
  • George Butterworth

    English Idyll no.1

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Halle: English Rhapsody.
    • Halle.
    • 2.
  • John Playford

    Kettle Drum (The Dancing Master)

    Performer: Mark Emerson. Performer: Tim Harries. Performer: Andy Cutting.
    • Cast a Bell: 1651.
    • Beautiful Jo Records.
    • 1.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Capriccio italien, Op 45

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
    • Classic FM.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Ciacona in C minor BuxWV.159

    Performer: Ton Koopman.
    • Buxtehude: Organ Works Vol. 3.
    • 6.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Menuet antique

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
    • Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music: Steven Osborne, Piano.
    • Hyperion.
    • 8.
  • John Playford

    Kettle Drum (The Dancing Master)

    Performer: Mark Emerson. Performer: Tim Harries. Performer: Andy Cutting.
    • Cast a Bell: 1651.
    • Beautiful Jo Records.
    • 1.
  • William Walton

    Overture 'The Globe Playhouse' (Henry V)

    Choir: Choristers of Westminster Cathedral. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Chandos.
  • Nitin Sawhney

    River Pulse

    Performer: Nitin Sawhney. Performer: Ian Burdge. Performer: Pirashanna Thevarajah.
    • Traces of you.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op 3 No 5

    Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Handel: Concerti Grossi Op.3: English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner.
    • Apex.
    • 5.
  • Aaron Copland

    Fanfare for the Common Man

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
    • Aaron Copland: The World of Aaron Copland.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs

    Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • Lully: L'Orchestra du Roi Soleil/Le Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 4.
  • Trad

    Dick's Maggot (First Suite of English Folk Dances)

    Music Arranger: Ernest Tomlinson. Orchestra: Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu. Conductor: Ernest Tomlinson.
    • Marco Polo.
  • John Playford

    The Virgin Queen set (From The English Dancing Master)

    Music Arranger: Bjarte Eike. Music Arranger: Barokksolistene. Ensemble: Barokksolistene.
    • The Alehouse Sessions.
    • RUBICON.
    • 107.
  • Elena Kats‐Chernin


    Performer: Nicola Sweeney. Performer: Sarah Nicolls.
    • Kats-Chernin: Ragtime and Blue.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 13.
  • Thomas Canning

    Fantasy on a hymn tune by Justin Morgan

    Orchestra: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Raymond Leppard.
    • American Dreams.
    • Decca.
    • 5.
  • Juan Crisostomo Arriaga

    String Quartet No 3 in E flat major (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Voces String Quartet.
    • MD+G.
  • Alexander von Zemlinsky


    Performer: Aulos Wind Quintet.
    • Koch Schwann.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 120 No. 2: I. Allegro amabile

    Performer: Andreas Willwohl. Performer: Daniel Heide.
    • Brahms: Viola Sonatas, Op. 120 & Trio, Op. 114.
    • CAvi-music.
    • 105.
  • Mélanie Bonis

    Suite en forme de valses

    Orchestra: Bucharest Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Benoît Fromanger.
    • Chant de Linos.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Filiae maestae Jerusalem, RV 638: II. Sileant Zephyri

    Performer: Ensemble Artaserse. Singer: Philippe Jaroussky.
    • Pietà - Sacred works.
    • Erato/Warner Classics.
    • 115.
  • Philip Glass

    Echorus for 2 violins and strings

    Performer: Jennifer Koh. Performer: Jaime Laredo. Ensemble: Curtis 20/21 Ensemble. Conductor: Vinay Parameswaran.
    • Cedille.
  • John Playford

    Mr Beveridge's Maggot

    Ensemble: Broadside Band.
    • English Country Dances - The Broadside Band.
    • Saydisc.
    • 16.
  • Franz Berwald

    Symphonic Poem 'Wettlauf'

    Orchestra: Gävle symfoniorkester. Conductor: Petri Sakari.
    • Berwald: Tone Poems: Gavle Symphony Orchestra/Sakari.
    • Naxos.
    • 3.


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