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Monday with Ian Skelly - The tooth fairy, Litolff's Scherzo op 102, 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

  • Ernest John Moeran

    Bank Holiday

    Performer: Eric Parkin.
    • Baines/Moeran: Piano Music: Eric Parkin.
    • Lyrita.
    • 27.
  • John Foulds

    April - England

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • Foulds - Orchestral Works.
    • Warner Apex.
    • 4.
  • Bernhard Crusell

    Concerto No.2 in F minor for clarinet and orchestra, Op.5. ii Andante Pastorale

    Performer: Michael Collins. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchesra.
    • Chandos.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op 3 No 5

    Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Handel: Concerti Grossi Op.3: English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner.
    • Apex.
    • 5.
  • Henry Litolff

    Concerto symphonique No 4 in D minor, Op 102 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Peter Donohoe. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • Hyperion.
  • Eriks Esenvalds

    Rivers of light

    Choir: Portland State University Chamber Choir. Conductor: Ethan Sperry.
    • Ēriks Ešenvalds: The Doors of Heaven.
    • Naxos.
    • 201.
  • Franz Schubert

    Rondo in A major for violin and string orchestra

    Performer: Gidon Kremer. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Emil Tchakarov.
    • DG.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La Cenerentola (Overture)

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Rossini: Overtures: Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 5.
  • Time Traveller: The Tooth Fairy

    Duration: 02:01

  • Leó Weiner

    Fairy Dance (Csongor and Tunde Suite)

    Conductor: Domonkos Heja. Orchestra: Danubia Symphony Orchestra.
    • Dances from Hungary: Danubia Symphony Orchestra/Heja.
    • Teldec.
    • 5.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Serenade No 2 in A major, Op.16 (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • LSO Live.
  • Xaver Scharwenka

    Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor, Op 32 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Earl Wild. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf.
    • Schwarwenka and Paderewski: Piano Concertos.
    • ELAN.
    • 2.
  • Erik Satie

    Gnossienne No 3 in A minor (Trois Gnossiennes, Set 1)

    Performer: Anne Queffélec.
    • Satie: Gymnopedies, Gnossiennes & Sports et Divertissements: Anne Queffelec.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • Georges Hüe

    Gigue for flute and orchestra

    Performer: Edward Beckett. Orchestra: London Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Ross Pople.
    • Fantasie: Romantic French flute music: Beckett/London Festival Orch/Pople.
    • Black Box.
    • 1.
  • William Brade

    Cornish Dance; Irish Dance; Scottish Dance

    Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts. Performer: Timothy Roberts.
    • English music from Henry VIII to Charles II.
    • 17.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Niamh Cusack on Dalkey Island

    Duration: 04:12

  • Arthur Sullivan

    Symphony in E major, 'Irish' (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Sullivan: Symphony in E major 'Irish': BBC Phil/Hickox.
    • Chandos.
  • John Adams

    The Chairman Dances

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Edo de Waart.
    • John Adams: The Chairman Dances: San Francisco SO, Edo de Waart.
    • Elektra Nonesuch.
    • 1.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude and fugue for piano no. 7 (Op.87`7) in A major

    Performer: Tatiana Nikolayeva.
    • Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues Op. 87: Tatiana Nicolayeva.
    • Hyperion.
    • 13.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Oster-oratorio BWV.249: Kommt, eilet und laufet (Duet and chorus)

    Singer: James Taylor. Singer: Peter Kooij. Ensemble: Collegium Vocale Gent. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Anon.


    Performer: Paul O’Dette.
    • Ancient Airs and Dances: Paul O'Dette.
    • Helios.
    • 15.
  • Emil von Sauer

    Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor - 3rd movement; Cavatina

    Performer: Stephen Hough. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Lawrence Foster.
    • Scharwenka/Sauer: Piano Concertos: Hough/CBSO/Foster.
    • Hyperion.
    • 7.
  • Luca Antonio Predieri

    Pace una volta (Zenobia)

    Performer: Wynton Marsalis. Singer: Kathleen Battle. Orchestra: Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Conductor: John Nelson.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Richard Strauss

    Schlagobers - ballet in 2 acts (Op.70), Schlagobers-Walzer

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Strauss: Schlagobers, Munchen: Detroit SO/Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
    • 5.


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