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Wednesday with Ian Skelly - Bartok's Romanian Dances, Blaguaridana, Stewart Lee

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

  • Pablo de Sarasate

    Introduction and Tarantelle, Op 43

    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Performer: Ian Brown.
    • EMI.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    March for a Spartakiade, Op 69 No 1

    Orchestra: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra. Conductor: Clark Rundell.
    • Russian Wind Band Classics: RNCM Wind Orchestra / Rundell.
    • Chandos.
    • 3.
  • Juan de Araujo


    Ensemble: Ex Cathedra. Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore.
    • Fire Burning In Snow.
    • Hyperion.
    • 3.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major, Op 19 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Lars Vogt. Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia.
    • Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4.
    • Ondine.
    • 3.
  • Francis Poulenc


    Performer: Franziska Lee.
    • L'Heure exquise.
    • CapriccioNR.
    • 11.
  • Béla Bartók

    Romanian Folk Dances for orchestra

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Bartok: Orchestral Works Vol.1: Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer.
    • Philips.
    • 8.
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    4 African dances, Op.58 - no.2, Andantino molto sostenuto e dolce

    Performer: John Fadial. Performer: Andrew Harley.
    • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; Chamber Music.
    • CENTAUR.
    • 6.
  • An-Lun Huang

    Saibei Dance (Saibei Suite no. 2)

    Orchestra: Chicago Sinfonietta. Conductor: Mei-Ann Chen.
    • Delights & Dances.
    • 1.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Piano Quartet in A minor

    Performer: Daniel Hope. Performer: Paul Neubauer. Performer: David Finckel. Performer: Wu Han.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON : 479 4609.
    • 001.
  • Franz Schubert

    Rosamunde (Overture)

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Time Traveller: Blaguardiana

    Duration: 02:17

  • Joseph Haydn

    Variations in F minor (un piccolo divertimento)

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Haydn Piano Sonatas Vol.4.
    • Chandos.
    • 006.
  • Béla Bartók

    Sonata for two pianos and percussion (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Cédric Tiberghien. Performer: François-Frédéric Guy. Performer: Colin Currie. Performer: Sam Walton.
    • Bartok - Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion & other works.
    • Hyperion.
    • 16.
  • Leos Janáček

    The Saws (Lachian Dances)

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Václav Neumann.
    • Supraphon.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in G major for viola d'amore and harpsichord, K 91

    Performer: Valerio Losito. Performer: Andrea Coen.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Stewart Lee on Shirley Collins

    Duration: 03:44

  • Trad.

    The Rich Irish Lady / Jeff Sturgeon

    Performer: Pete Cooper. Performer: Dave Arthur. Music Arranger: Shirley Collins. Music Arranger: Ian Kearey. Music Arranger: Dave Arthur. Music Arranger: Pete Cooper. Singer: Shirley Collins.
    • Lodestar.
    • Domino.
    • 009.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op 60

    Singer: Andrei Bondarenko. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • Prokofiev - Symphony No 6 etc..
    • Bis.
    • 004.
  • Alma Mahler

    Die stille Stadt

    Performer: Simon Lepper. Singer: Karen Cargill.
    • LINN.
  • Alma Mahler

    Laue Sommernacht (Five Songs)

    Performer: Simon Lepper. Singer: Karen Cargill.
    • Alma and Gustav Mahler - Lieder.
    • Linn Records.
    • 3.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Concerto for 2 pianos in D minor (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Monica Bard. Performer: Rica Bard. Orchestra: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland‐Pfalz. Conductor: Ariane Matiakh.
    • Francaix Poulenc.
    • Capriccio.
    • 012.
  • David Popper

    Dance of the Elves

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Thomas Adès.
    • RCA.
  • Alberto Ginastera

    Panambi - Ballet suite

    Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lyon. Conductor: David Robertson.
    • Ginastera - Orchestral Works.
    • Naive.
    • 013.


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Time Travellers: the podcast

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