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Thursday with Ian Skelly - Sea Monkeys, Niamh Cusack

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

  • Manuel de Falla

    Farruca (The Three-Cornered Hat Suite No 2)

    Performer: Miloš Karadaglić. Music Arranger: Michael Lewin.
    • MIlos Aranjuez.
    • DG.
    • 5.
  • John Jenkins

    Pavan in D minor

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • Signum.
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    Othello - Suite, Op.79

    Orchestra: RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Leaper.
    • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, orchestral works.
    • 15.
  • Guillaume Bouzignac

    Te Deum

    Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Director: William Christie.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    An die ferne Geliebte

    Performer: Gerold Huber. Singer: Christian Gerhaher.
    • Christian Gerhaher Ferner Geliebte Beethoven Berg Haydn Schonberg.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 1.
  • George Gershwin

    Rhapsody in Blue

    Performer: George Gershwin. Ensemble: Columbia Jazz Band. Director: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • CBS.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    O Jerusalem aurea civitas

    Performer: Robert White. Singer: Emma Kirkby. Choir: Gothic Voices. Ensemble: Doreen Muskett. Director: Christopher Page.
  • Time Traveller: Sea Monkeys

    Duration: 02:11

  • Blues Brothers

    Peter Gunn theme

    • The Blues Brothers.
    • Warner.
    • 2.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Sonata a quattro No.3 in C

    Ensemble: I Musici.
  • Robert Schumann

    Dichterliebe, Op 48

    Performer: Alfred Brendel. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
    • Philips.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Rosen aus dem Süden

    Ensemble: Soloists of L'opera National de Lyon. Music Arranger: Arnold Schoenberg.
    • Schoenberg/Kaiserwalzer and Other Transcriptions.
    • Erato.
    • 5.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Niamh Cusack on "Au Revoir Les Enfants"

    Duration: 03:42

  • Franz Schubert

    Moments musicaux, D 780 (No 2 in A flat major)

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • Great Pianist of the 20th Century: Andras Schiff.
    • Philips.
    • 8.
  • Amy Beach

    Piano Trio in A minor, Op.150

    Ensemble: Ambache Chamber Ensemble.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata No 82, 'Ich habe genug'

    Performer: Douglas Boyd. Singer: Olaf Bär. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Peter Schreier.
    • J.S. Bach: Cantatas Nos.56, 82 and 158.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 10.
  • Edvard Grieg

    March of the Trolls (Lyric Pieces, Book 5)

    Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • Greig Piano Music: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • Regis.
  • Georges Bizet

    L'Arlésienne Suite No 2

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Naive.


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Time Travellers: the podcast

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