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Tuesday with Ian Skelly - Treacle Mines, Stewart Lee, Whitacre's Lux Aurumque

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

  • Luciano Berio

    Ritirata notturna di Madrid (after Boccherini)

    Orchestra: Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Berio: Orchestral transcriptions: Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Guiseppe Verdi.
    • Decca.
    • 3.
  • César Franck

    Violin Sonata in A Major - 4th mvt (arr.Jules Delsart)

    Performer: Edgar Moreau. Performer: David Kadouch.
    • Franck, Poulenc & Strohl: Cello Sonatas.
    • Erato.
    • 12.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Trio Sonata in D minor, RV 63, 'La Follia'

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
    • Altre Follie 1500-1750: Hesperion XXI/Jordi Savall.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 15.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    The Little Train of the Caipira (Bachiana Brasiliera No.2)

    Orchestra: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jesús López Cobos.
    • TELARC.
  • Eric Whitacre

    Lux aurumque

    Conductor: Eric Whitacre. Choir: Eric Whitacre Singers.
    • Decca.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Symphony no. 4 in A major Op.90 (Italian) - 1st mvt

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Mendelssohn Symphonies Nos 1 & 4 - Sir John Elliott Gardiner.
    • LSO.
    • 6.
  • Claude Debussy

    La plus que lente

    Performer: James Rhodes.
    • Bullets & Lullabies; James Rhodes.
    • Warner.
    • 2.
  • Marianna Martines

    Perché, se tanti siete (Berenice, ah che fai?)

    Singer: Núria Rial. Orchestra: La Floridiana. Conductor: Nicoleta Paraschivescu.
    • Martines: Il Primo amore.
    • DHM.
    • 17.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Nocturne, Op 40

    Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • NAXOS.
  • Time Traveller: Treacle Mines

    Duration: 02:42

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Nutcracker Suite transc Pletnev (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)

    Performer: Simon Trpceski. Music Arranger: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • Piano Works: Trpceski.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 2.
  • William Cornysh

    Ah Robin

    Music Arranger: Roderick Williams. Choir: The SDASA Chorale. Ensemble: I Fagiolini.
    • Simunye.
    • Detour.
    • 2.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Moscow-Cheryomushki (Suite from the operetta, op 105): III. Dances (Polka - Galop)

    Performer: Erez Ofer. Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Shostakovich: Cheryomushki; The Bolt; etc.
    • Decca.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Tango (The Bolt)

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Shostakovich: Cheryomushki; The Bolt; etc.
    • Decca.
  • Ola Gjeilo

    Ubi Caritas

    Performer: Ola Gjeilo. Choir: VOCES8.
    • DECCA.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Nunc dimittis (Vespers)

    Choir: Latvian Radio Choir. Conductor: Sigvards Kļava.
    • Ondine.
  • Doreen Carwithen

    Men of Sherwood Forest (Overture)

    Music Arranger: Philip Lane. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.
    • Dutton.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Stewart Lee on caves

    Duration: 04:08

  • Joaquín Rodrigo

    Concierto de Aranjuez (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Julian Bream. Performer: Peter Walden. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • 100 Best Relaxing Classics.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 7.
  • Mason Bates

    Attack Decay Sustain Release

    Orchestra: Boston Modern Orchestra. Conductor: Gil Rose.
    • BMOP.
  • Louis Couperin

    Suite in A - Prelude and Courante

    Performer: Pavel Kolesnikov.
    • Hyperion.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Concerto No 5 in A major, K 219 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Giuliano Carmignola. Orchestra: Orchestra Mozart. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Archiv.
  • William Walton

    Then sing aloud to God (Belshazzar's Feast)

    Singer: Bryn Terfel. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis. Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus.
    • Warner Apex.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet no.13 in B flat major Op.130 - 5th mvt 'Cavatina'

    Ensemble: Belcea Quartet.
    • Zig Zag.
  • François Couperin

    Les Baricades Misterieuses

    Performer: Christophe Rousset.
    • Harmonia Mundi: HMX2908717.26.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 5.
  • Richard Strauss

    Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

    Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Manfred Honeck.


Time Travellers: the podcast

Time Travellers: the podcast

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