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Ian Skelly with Britten's Salley Gardens and essential viola music

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

  • Nicola Matteis

    Gavotta con Divisioni (Ayres for Violin)

    Performer: Amandine Beyer. Ensemble: Austrian Baroque Company. Director: Michael Oman.
    • Fra Bernardo.
  • Franz Liszt

    Étude in G sharp minor 'La campanella' arr. Busoni

    Composer: Nicolò Paganini. Performer: Andrey Gugnin. Music Arranger: Ferruccio Busoni.
    • Hyperion.
  • Edward Elgar

    Give unto the Lord for chorus and organ, Op 74

    Performer: Jonathan Vaughn. Choir: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Christopher Robinson.
    • Naxos.
  • Claude Debussy

    La Plus que Lente arr. viola and piano

    Performer: Dana Zemtsov. Performer: Anna Fedorova. Music Arranger: Yevgeny Strakhov.
    • Channel Classics.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 49 in F minor, 'La Passione' (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: Ludwig. Conductor: Barbara Hannigan.
    • Alpha.
  • Traditional Irish

    Salley Gardens

    Music Arranger: Benjamin Britten. Singer: Arleen Augér. Performer: Dalton Baldwin.
    • Love Songs.
    • Delos.
    • 23.
  • Giuseppe Tartini

    Violin Concerto in D minor, D 44

    Performer: Chouchane Siranossian. Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra. Director: Andrea Marcon.
    • ALPHA.
  • Valerie Capers

    Portraits in Jazz - Waltz for Miles

    Performer: Maria Corley.
    • Albany.
    • 3.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    String Quartet in E minor Op 44, No 2 (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Quatuor Arod.
    • Erato.
  • Samuel Barber

    Knoxville - summer of 1915 for soprano and orchestra (Op.24)

    Singer: Kathleen Battle. Orchestra: Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Conductor: André Previn.
    • Honey and Rue: Kathleen Battle.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Aria in F Major, HWV 410

    Ensemble: Die Freitagsakademie.
    • Winter and Winter.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker (Waltz of the Flowers)

    Music Arranger: Nicolas Economou. Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nicolas Economou.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Après un rêve, Op 7 No 1

    Performer: Alban Gerhardt. Performer: Cécile Licad. Music Arranger: Pau Casals.
    • Casals Encores: Gerhardt/Licad.
    • Hyperion.
    • 7.
  • Frederick Delius

    To be sung of a summer night on the water

    Singer: Mark Padmore. Choir: The Cambridge Singers. Director: John Rutter.
    • THERE IS SWEET MUSIC. English Choral Songs 1890-1950.
    • 002.
  • Ivor Gurney

    The Salley Gardens

    Performer: Joseph Middleton. Singer: Kitty Whately.
  • Juan de Araujo

    Los coflades de la estleya

    Ensemble: Ex Cathedra Choir. Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore.
    • New World Symphonies - Baroque Music from L:atin America: Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey S.
    • Hyperion.
  • Germaine Tailleferre


    Performer: Biliana Tzinlikova.
    • Paladino.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Serenade d'un Montagnard des Abruzzes a sa maitresse (Harold en Italie, 3rd mvt)

    Performer: Tabea Zimmermann. Orchestra: Les Siècles. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Berlioz: Harold en Italie, Les Nuits d'été.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 3.
  • William Byrd

    Pavan and Gigue

    Music Arranger: Iain Farrington. Ensemble: Ferio Saxophone Quartet.
    • Chandos.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade in G major, K 525, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

    Performer: Gidon Kremer. Ensemble: Kremerata Baltica.
    • Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica: After Mozart.
    • Nonesuch.
    • 6.
  • Nikolai Tcherepnin

    Narcisse et Echo, Op 40 (opening)

    Orchestra: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Łukasz Borowicz.
    • Tcherepnin: Prelude to "La princesse lointaine", Op. 4 & Narcisse et Echo, Op. 4.
    • CPO.
    • 2.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Horn Trio in E flat, Op.40 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Teunis van der Zwart. Performer: Isabelle Faust. Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude in C minor, BWV 847

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fugue in C minor, BWV 847

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock.
    • DG.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Turandot (Act 1, ending)

    Singer: Montserrat Caballé. Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Singer: Nicolaï Ghiaurov. Singer: Tom Krause. Singer: Pier Francesco Poli. Singer: Piero de Palma. Choir: The John Alldis Choir. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
    • DECCA.


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