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Tuesday with Ian Skelly - Niamh Cusack, the enlightened razor maker, Dvorak's American Quartet

Ian Skelly with the best in classical music. Plus actor Niamh Cusack reveals her cultural inspirations.

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.
0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist.
1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history
1050 Each day this week the actor Niamh Cusack, currently starring as Lady Macbeth with the RSC in Stratford, reveals the cultural influences that have inspired and shaped her life and career.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Joseph Haydn

    Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, H.7e.1 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Håkan Hardenberger. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Haydn, Hummel etc: Trumpet Concertos: Hardenberger/Marriner.
    • Philips.
    • 12.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise in A flat major, Op 53, 'Eroica'

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • Chopin: Polonaises: Maurizio Pollini.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Reynaldo Hahn

    Piano Quartet No. 3 in G Major: IV. Allegro assai

    Performer: Benjamin Baker. Performer: Adam Newman. Performer: Tim Lowe. Performer: James Baillieu.
    • Champs Hill.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Bassoon Concerto in C major, RV 471

    Performer: Sergio Azzolini. Ensemble: L'Aura Soave Cremona. Conductor: Diego Cantalupi.
    • Vivaldi: Concertos for Bassoon Vol. 1: Sergio Azzolini.
    • 16.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    String Quartet No 12 in F major, Op 96, 'American' (1st mvt)

    Ensemble: Pavel Haas Quartet.
    • Dvorak String Quartets - Pavel Haas Quartet.
    • Supraphon.
    • 5.
  • Leonard Bernstein


    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • Naxos.
  • Clara Schumann

    Three Romances for violin, Op 22

    Performer: Lisa Batiashvili. Performer: Alice Sara Ott.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Locus iste

    Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • Bruckner: Mass in E minor/Motets: Polyphony/Britten Sinfonia/Layton.
    • Hyperion.
    • 2.
  • Time Traveller: JH Savigny - the enlightened razor maker

    Duration: 02:13

  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto in E minor for recorder, flute, strings and continuo

    Ensemble: Camerata Köln.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
  • Charles Ives

    String Quartet No.1

    Ensemble: Emerson String Quartet.
    • DG.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Storm)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Steuart Bedford.
    • Britten - London Symphony Orchestra, Steuart Bedford.
    • Collins Classics.
    • 14.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Niamh Cusack on poetry

    Duration: 04:12

  • Dilys Elwyn-Edwards

    The cloths of heaven

    Singer: Bryn Terfel. Performer: Malcolm Martineau.
    • Bryn Terfel: Silent Noon - English Songs.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 8.
  • Joaquín Turina

    Piano Trio No 2 in B minor, Op 76

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • Philips.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cockaigne Overture "In Old London Town" Op. 40

    Performer: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • BIS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Arabesque No 1 in E major

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Debussy: Complete works for piano vol.3: Bavouzet.
    • Chandos.
    • 7.
  • Paul Hindemith

    Overture to the Flying Dutchman as played on sight by a second-rate orchestra

    Ensemble: Kocian String Quartet.
    • Praga.
  • Paul Hindemith

    Suite of French Dances: No.5 Bransle simple

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: José Serebrier.
    • ASV.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsummer night's dream, Op.61 (Overture)

    Performer: Boston Symphony Orchestra.
    • Mendelssohn: Overtures: LSO, Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.


Time Travellers: the podcast

Time Travellers: the podcast

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough presents quirky tales gathered from the corners of history.