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Monday with Ian Skelly - Stewart Lee, Spring from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Nevertheless

Ian Skelly with the best in classical music. Plus comedian Stewart Lee talks about his 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 comedian, writer, director and jazz fan Stewart Lee talks about the cultural influences that have inspired and shaped his life and career.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Aaron Copland

    Hoe-Down (Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo)

    Conductor: Eduardo Mata. Orchestra: Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
    • Copland: Appalachian Spring/Rodeo: Eugene Ormandy.
    • RCA.
    • 13.
  • Amy Beach

    Eskimos, Op.64

    Performer: Kirsten Johnson.
    • GUILD.
  • George Gershwin

    Concerto in F - i) Allegro

    Performer: Denis Khozhukhin. Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Kazuki Yamada.
    • Pentatone.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Violin Concerto in E major, RV 269, 'Spring'

    Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • Teldec.
  • Edward Elgar

    Harmony No.4 'The Farmyard'

    Ensemble: Athena Ensemble.
    • CHANDOS.
  • William Byrd

    Unto the hills mine eyes I lift

    Choir: Cardinall's Musick. Director: Andrew Carwood.
    • Byrd - The Great Service.
    • Hyperion.
    • 9.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo in A major, K 386

    Performer: Murray Perahia. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra.
    • CBS.
  • Time Traveller: Nevertheless

    Duration: 03:07

  • Richard Wagner

    Lohengrin (Act 3 Prelude)

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Wagner, Parsifal, an orchestral quest: Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
    • Chandos.
    • 11.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Suite française for cello and piano

    Performer: Raphael Wallfisch. Performer: John York.
    • ASV.
  • Robert Schumann

    Im wunderschönen Monat Mai, Op 48 No 1 (Dichterliebe)

    Performer: Christoph Eschenbach. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
    • Schumann: Dichterliebe; Liederkreis Op.39.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 1.
  • Franz Schubert

    Im Fruhling D.882

    Performer: Gerald Moore. Singer: Christa Ludwig.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Finale (London, to thee) from Spring Symphony, Op.44

    Singer: Alison Hagley. Singer: Catherine Robbin. Singer: John Mark Ainsley. Choir: Salisbury Cathedral Choir. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Britten; Spring Symphony, Hymn to St Cecilia etc.
    • DG.
    • 012.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Stewart Lee on William Blake

    Duration: 03:55

  • Benjamin Britten

    Songs and Proverbs of William Blake (Every night and every morn)

    Performer: Julius Drake. Author: William Blake. Singer: Gerald Finley.
    • Benjamin Britten, Songs and Proverbs of William Blake: Gerald Finley and Julius.
    • Hyperion.
    • 18.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Alessandro (Overture)

    Orchestra: Brandenburg Consort. Conductor: Roy Goodman.
  • Joan Tower

    Made in America

    Orchestra: Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • Naxos.
  • Jean Françaix

    Quartet for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon

    Ensemble: Bergen Wind Quintet.
    • Francaix: Chamber Music for Winds: Bergen Wind Quintet.
    • Bis.
  • Rebecca Clarke

    Piano Trio (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Clementi Trio.
    • Largo.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Le rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31

    Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lille. Conductor: Jun Märkl.
    • Saint-Saëns: Symphonic Poems.
    • Naxos.
    • 401.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Quintet in A major, D 667, 'Trout' (5th mvt)

    Performer: Marcia Crayford. Performer: Roger Chase. Performer: Christopher van Kampen. Performer: Rodney Slatford. Performer: Ian Brown. Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • Schubert: Trout Quintet/The Shepherd on the Rock; Nash Ensemble.
    • I.M.P..
    • 5.


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