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Tuesday with Ian Skelly - New Year New Music, Harrison Birtwistle, The Stone of Saxagonus

The best in classical music, including music for New Year New Music that steps from the old to the new. Plus Sir Harrison Birtwistle's cultural inspirations.

Essential Classics with Ian Skelly and the best in classical music, including music for New Year New Music that steps from the old to the new.
0930 Your ideas for potential companion pieces for a well-known piece of music.
1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history
1050 Composer, Sir Harrison Birtwistle on the things that have inspired and influenced him throughout his life and career.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Sky above the Roof; Orpheus with his Lute

    Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Singer: James Gilchrist.
    • Chandos.
  • Alexander Borodin

    String Quartet No 2 in D major (Nocturne)

    Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
    • Borodin: String Quartets Nos. 1&2: Borodin Quartet.
    • Chandos.
  • George Gershwin

    Cuban Overture

    Conductor: Leonard Slatkin. Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
    • Gershwin: Catfish Row: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin.
    • EMI.
    • 7.
  • Michael Tippett

    5 Spirituals from 'A Child of our Time' arr. for chorus, no.1; Steal away

    Choir: Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford. Director: Stephen Darlington.
    • Tippett: Choral Works.
    • Nimbus.
    • 15.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Trio for piano, oboe and bassoon

    Performer: Gareth Hulse. Performer: Ursula Leveaux. Performer: Ian Brown.
  • Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev

    Islamey orch Lyapunov

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • Tchaikovksy:1812 / Borodin: Polovtsian Dances / Balakirev: Islamey : Esa-Pekka S.
    • Philips.
    • 2.
  • Michael Tippett

    Nobody knows (Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time)

    Performer: Paul Robertson. Performer: Ivo-Jan van der Werff. Performer: David Matthews. Performer: Anthony Lewis. Performer: Martin Jones. Performer: John Anderson. Performer: Colin Lawson. Performer: Graham Ashton. Performer: Peter Hamburger. Performer: Martin Westlake. Performer: Jeremy Cornes. Performer: Michael Copley. Performer: Maurice Hodges. Performer: Evelyn Nallen. Choir: Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford. Director: Stephen Darlington. Ensemble: Medici Quartet.
    • Tippett: Choral Works.
    • Nimbus.
    • 16.
  • Libby Larsen

    Deep Summer Music

    Orchestra: Colorado Symphony. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • KOCH.
  • Sir Hamilton Harty

    The Fair Day (An Irish Symphony)

    Conductor: Bryden Thomson. Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra.
    • An Irish Rhapsody: Ulster Orchestra/Handley/Thomson.
    • Chandos.
    • 2.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Alto Rhapsody, Op.53

    Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Singer: Ann Hallenberg. Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • PHI.
  • Morten Lauridsen

    O magnum mysterium

    Choir: Polyphony. Director: Stephen Layton.
    • A Christmas Present from Polyphony.
    • Hyperion.
    • 14.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Notturno No 5 in C major, H.2.29

    Ensemble: Mozzafiato. Ensemble: L'Archibudelli.
    • Sony.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Symphonies of Winds

    Performer: Columbia Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Robert Craft.
    • SONY.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Adagio and Rondo in C minor, K 617

    Performer: Stephen Hough. Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.
    • Mozart/Beethoven: Quintets: Hough, BPWQ.
    • Bis.
    • 5.
  • Joaquín Rodrigo

    Tres viejos aires de danza arr for orchestra

    Conductor: Josep Pons. Orchestra: Orquestra Ciudad de Granada.
    • Espana!.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 17-18.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in A minor, Op 17 No 4

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Alexandre Tharaud: Chopin; Journal Intime.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 9.
  • Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

    Symphony No.3 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs'

    Singer: Dawn Upshaw. Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: David Zinman.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Romance for violin and orchestra in G major, Op 40

    Performer: Kyung-wha Chung. Performer: Myung-Whun Chung. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung.
    • Beethoven: Triple Concerto/Violin Romances: Chung Trio/Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 4.


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