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Ian Skelly with 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

  • Edvard Grieg

    Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Op.65 No.6

    Performer: Alice Sara Ott.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Robert Schumann

    Concertstuck in F major Op.86 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Roger Montgomery. Performer: Gavin Edwards. Performer: Susan Dent. Performer: Robert Maskell. Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Schumann: Complete Symphonies: John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 1.
  • Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou

    A Young Girl's Complaint

    Performer: Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou.
    • Buda Musique.
  • Aaron Copland

    Saturday Night Waltz (Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo)

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • Copland: Appalachian Spring: New York Philharmonic/Bernstein.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 11.
  • Sally Beamish

    Seavaigers (Haven)

    Performer: Chris Stout. Performer: Catriona McKay. Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble.
    • McKay Stout Music.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Waft her, Angels (Jephtha)

    Singer: Mark Padmore. Ensemble: The English Concert. Director: Andrew Manze.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Joly Braga Santos

    Alfama Suite - Final Dance

    Music Arranger: Álvaro Cassuto. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Álvaro Cassuto.
    • Naxos.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    Piano Concerto no.2 - 2nd mvt 'Adagio Molto'

    Performer: Finghin Collins. Orchestra: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kenneth Montgomery.
    • Clarity.
  • Ravi Shankar

    Sitar Concerto (Raga Adana)

    Performer: Ravi Shankar. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • EMI.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Cello Concerto in D major, H VIIb 2 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Daniel Müller‐Schott. Orchestra: Australian Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Tognetti.
    • Haydn, Beethoven: Muller-Schott.
    • Orfeo.
    • 7.
  • Toru Takemitsu

    Chiisana Sora [Small Sky)] (Uta)

    Choir: Shinyukai Choir. Conductor: Shin Sekiya.
    • Philips.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Allegro moderato (1st mvt) from Symphony no.3 in E flat major, Op.10

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • Dvorak - Complete Symphonies and Concertos.
    • DECCA.
    • 001.
  • Pipe Major Donald MacLeod

    Crossing the Minch

    Performer: Aly Bain.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Rhapsodic Overture, 'A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes'

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie fantastique (March to the Scaffold)

    Ensemble: Les Siècles. Director: François‐Xavier Roth.
    • Symphonie Fantastique.
    • Musicales Actes Sud.
    • 4.
  • Francesco Cavalli

    La Calisto, Act 1: "Ninfa bella"

    Music Arranger: Christina Pluhar. Conductor: Christina Pluhar. Orchestra: L’Arpeggiata. Singer: Hana Blažíková.
    • Cavalli: "L'amore innamorato".
    • Erato/Warner Classics.
    • 107.
  • Michael Torke

    Bright Blue Music

    Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • Michael Torke - Ecstatic Orange etc..
    • Argo.
    • 005.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quintet in C minor, K 406 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Philip Dukes. Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • Mozart: String Quintets; Nash Ensemble, Philip Dukes.
    • Hyperion.
    • 6.
  • Marc-André Hamelin

    Étude No 3 in B minor, 'After Paganini-Liszt' (12 Études in all the minor keys)

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Hamelin: Etudes, Con Intimissimo Sentimento, Cathy's Variations, Marc-Andre Hame.
    • Hyperion.
    • 3.
  • William Walton

    Viola Concerto (1st mvt)

    Performer: Lawrence Power. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
    • Walton, Rubbra: Viola Concertos: Lawrence Power, BBCSSO, Ilan Volkov.
    • Hyperion.
  • Ronald Binge

    Sailing By

    Orchestra: New London Orchestra. Conductor: Ronald Corp.
    • Hyperion.
  • Aaron Jay Kernis

    Musica Celestis arr. the composer for string orchestra

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Hugh Wolff.
    • Kernis: Second Symphony, Musica Celestis etc..
    • Argo.
    • 004.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Lauda Jerusalem (Vespro della Beata Vergine)

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610.
    • CORO.
    • 10.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold


    Orchestra: Sinfonia of London. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • Korngold - Symphony in F sharp.
    • Chandos.
    • 6.


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