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Thursday with Ian Skelly - Saint-Saens Organ Symphony, Collecting things, New Year New Music, Harrison Birtwistle

Ian Skelly with 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 Saint-Saens' much loved and rousing Organ Symphony

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. Today, the joys of collecting

1050 Composer, Sir Harrison Birtwistle on the things that have inspired and influenced him throughout his life and career.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Jubilate Deo

    Choir: The Cambridge Singers. Orchestra: La Nuova Musica. Conductor: John Rutter.
    • The Sacred Flame: The Cambridge Singers / Rutter.
    • Collegium.
    • 1.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 "American" - 1st mvt

    Ensemble: Escher String Quartet.
    • Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 - Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 - Borodin: Str.
    • BIS.
    • 1.
  • Donnacha Dennehy

    Tessellatum - 12 Letter UU

    Performer: Nadia Sirota. Performer: Liam Byrne.
    • Bedroom Community.
  • Robert Schumann

    Symphony No 3 in E flat major, Op 97, 'Rhenish' (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Schumann: Complete Symphonies.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 5.
  • Franz Schubert

    Standchen, D.957

    Performer: Xuefei Yang. Singer: Ian Bostridge.
    • Globe Music.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Symphony No 3 in C minor, Op 78, 'Organ Symphony' (Finale)

    Performer: Anthony Newman. Conductor: Lorin Maazel. Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
    • Saint-Saens: Organ Symphony/Tone Poems: Pittsburgh Symphony/Maazel.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 4.
  • Teresa Carreño

    Un bal en rêve

    Performer: Clara Rodriguez.
    • Teresa Carreno: Clara Rodriguez.
    • Nimbus.
    • 7.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051

    Orchestra: Concerto Italiano. Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos: Concerto Italiano.
    • Naive.
    • 8.
  • Fęlá Şowándé

    African Suite (Joyful Day)

    Orchestra: CBC Radio Orchestra. Conductor: Mario Bernardi.
    • CBC.
  • Charles Ives

    Symphony No. 2, mvt. V: allegro molto vivace

    Orchestra: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Ives: Symphonies Nos 1 and 2.
    • Chandos.
    • 9.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Le merle noir

    Performer: Sharon Bezaly. Performer: Ronald Brautigam.
    • Bis.
  • Harry Partch

    The Wayward: U.S. Highball

    Singer: Stephen Kalm. Singer: Robert Osborne. Ensemble: Newband. Director: Dean Drummond.
    • WERGO.
  • Charles Ives

    The Unanswered Question

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • DG.
  • Time Traveller - 'Collectors' by Kate Romano

  • Steve Reich

    New York Counterpoint (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Roland Diry.
    • RCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Exsultate, jubilate, K 165

    Singer: Danielle de Niese. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • DECCA.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Joie du sang des étoiles (Turangalîla-Symphonie)

    Performer: Steven Osborne. Performer: Cynthia Millar. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
    • Messiaen: Turangalila Symphonie: Osborne/Millar/Bergen Philharmonic Orch/Mena.
    • Hyperion.
    • 5.
  • Giacomo Puccini


    Ensemble: Signum Quartet.
    • Quartet Movements: Signum Quartett.
    • Capriccio.
    • 2.
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle talks about his love of gardening

  • Gioachino Rossini

    The Barber of Seville (Overture)

    Orchestra: Filarmonica della Scala. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Rossini: 10 Overtures - Chailly.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Harrison Birtwistle

    Harrison's Clocks - I

    Performer: Nicolas Hodges.
  • Percy Whitlock

    Spade and Bucket Polka (Holiday Suite)

    Orchestra: RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.
    • Marco Polo.
  • Granville Bantock

    Song to the Seals

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Stephen Hough's English Piano Album.
    • Hyperion.
    • 12.
  • Aaron Copland

    Danza de Jalisco (3 Latin American Sketches)

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • Copland: Symphony No. 3 & 3 Latin American Sketches.
    • Naxos.
    • 7.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425

    Performer: Avi Avital. Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra.
    • Avi Avital Vivaldi.
    • DG.
    • 7.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Violin Sonata No 5 in F major, Op 24, 'Spring' (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Renaud Capuçon. Performer: Frank Braley.
    • Beethoven, The Complete Sonatas For Violin And Piano: Capucon, Braley.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 2.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Nastya's Quick Dance (Orango)

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • DG.
  • George Antheil

    Ballet mecanique for pianola, 8 pianos and percussion [complete]

    Performer: Ivan Davis. Performer: Rex Lawson. Conductor: Maurice Peress.
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen


    Ensemble: Arditti Quartet.
  • Claude Debussy

    Petite suite (Ballet)

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
    • Mercury Living Presence.


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