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Thursday with Ian Skelly - Tafl, 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 Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Air with variations, 'The Harmonious Blacksmith' (Suite No 5 in E major)

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Handel/Scarlatti: Murray Perahia.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 4.
  • Hugo Alfvén

    Festspel Op.25 for orchestra

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Niklas Willén.
    • Naxos.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Laut verkünde unsre Freude, K. 623

    Choir: Chor der Kölner Akademie. Orchestra: Orchester der Kölner Akademie. Conductor: Michael Alexander Willens.
    • Mozart: Masonic Works – Cantatas & Funeral Music.
    • BIS.
    • 101.
  • Scott Joplin

    Magnetic Rag

    Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Performer: André Previn. Music Arranger: Itzhak Perlman.
    • Joplin: The Easy Winner & Other Rag-Time Music.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 104.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Morning (Peer Gynt, Op 23)

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • DECCA.
  • Henry Purcell

    King Arthur (Overture)

    Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Hengelbrock.
    • Purcell: Instrumental Musik: Freiburger Barockorchester.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
    • 14.
  • Franz Schubert

    Octet, D.803: VI. Andante molto - Allegro

    Ensemble: Wiener Oktett.
    • DECCA.
  • Michael Nyman

    Chasing sheep is best left to shepherds (The Draughtsman's Contract)

    Orchestra: Michael Nyman Band.
    • Argo.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

    Performer: Peter Hurford.
    • J. S. Bach: Great Organ Works: Peter Hurford.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Time Traveller: The Viking game of Tafl, by Eleanor Barraclough

  • Arthur Bliss

    Checkmate - Finale

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • A Colour Symphony.
    • Chandos.
    • 10.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op.114 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Martin Frost. Performer: Torleif Thedéen. Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
    • BIS.
  • Barbara Strozzi

    Godere e tacere

    Ensemble: Orlando di Lasso Ensemble.
    • Libro di Madrigali - Strozzi.
    • Thorofon.
    • 005.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Daphnis et Chloé Suite No 2 (Lever du jour)

    Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • Yannick Nezet-Seguin Ravel Rotterdam Phiharmonic Orchestra.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 1.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Chandos.
  • Richard Strauss

    Morgen, Op 27 No 4

    Singer: Dorothea Röschmann. Performer: Malcolm Martineau.
    • Portraits.
    • Sony.
    • 14.
  • Stewart Lee on being inspired by comedian Ted Chippington

  • Dmitri Kabalevsky

    Comedians' Galop (The Comedians, Op 26)

    Performer: Kirill Kondrashin. Orchestra: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra.
    • RCA Living Stereo.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in E flat major, Op 33 No 2, 'The Joke'

    Ensemble: Casals Quartet.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Mass: Part 4, Confession

    Choir: Morgan State University Choir. Choir: Peabody Children's Chorus. Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • NAXOS.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Sonata da chiesa à tre in G major, Op 3 No 6

    Ensemble: Avison Ensemble.
    • Linn.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Serenade No 1 in D major for violin and orchestra

    Performer: Anne‐Sophie Mutter. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: André Previn.
  • Percy Grainger

    Handel in the Strand

    Performer: Philip Martin. Orchestra: Bournemouth Sinfonietta. Conductor: Kenneth Montgomery.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Cello concerto in B minor, Op.104, 3rd movement (Finale)

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Performer: Jiří Bělohlávek. Performer: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Alisa Weilerstein Dvorak.
    • DECCA.
    • 3.


Time Travellers: the podcast

Time Travellers: the podcast

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

The Essential Classics Playlist

The Essential Classics Playlist

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