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Tuesday with Ian Skelly - Beltane, Bernard MacLaverty, Parry's I was glad

Ian Skelly presents the best in classical music, and author Bernard MacLaverty talks about the cultural influences that have shaped and inspired him throughout his career.

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 author Bernard MacLaverty talks about the cultural influences that have inspired and shaped his life and career.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Gioachino Rossini

    La scala di seta (Overture)

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Rossini OverturesThe Chamber Orchestra Of Europe.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 6.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Barcarolle No 5 in F sharp minor, Op 66

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Stephen Hough's French Album.
    • Hyperion.
    • 006.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 93 in D Major, Hob. I:93: IV. Finale. Presto ma non troppo

    Orchestra: Heidelberger Sinfoniker. Conductor: Thomas Fey.
    • Haydn: London Symphonies.
    • haenssler CLASSIC.
    • 4.
  • Hugo Wolf

    Italian Serenade in string quartet

    Ensemble: Hagen Quartett.
    • Janacek: String Quartets: Hagen Quartet.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Clara Schumann

    Liebst du um Schönheit, Op 37 No 4

    Performer: Joseph Breinl. Singer: Miah Persson.
    • Portraits: Songs by Clara and Robert Schumann.
    • BIS.
    • 20.
  • Hubert Parry

    I was Glad

    Performer: Daniel Cook. Choir: Choir of Westminster Abbey. Ensemble: Onyx Brass. Conductor: James OʼDonnell.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Amadis (Chaconne)

    Director: Skip Sempé. Orchestra: Capriccio Stravagante.
    • Les Grandes Eaux Musicales de Versailles.
    • Alpha.
  • Franz Schubert

    Fantasy in F minor for piano duet, D 940

    Performer: Radu Lupu. Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Decca 478 8772.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Ermanno Wolf‐Ferrari

    Il campiello (Act 2 Intermezzo)

    Conductor: Neville Marriner. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
    • Wolf-Ferrari: Overtures & Intermezzi: Academy of St. Martin in the Field/Marrine.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 6.
  • Time Traveller: Beltane

    Duration: 01:54

  • Giacomo Puccini

    Capriccio sinfonico

    Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.
  • Samuel Wesley

    Blessed be the God and Father

    Performer: Andrew Lucas. Choir: St Paul's Cathedral Choir. Conductor: John Scott.
    • The English Anthem - Volume 1.
    • Hyperion.
    • 5.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 36 (4th mvt)

    Conductor: Osmo Vänskä. Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra.
    • Beethoven: The Symphonies: Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska.
    • BIS.
    • 4.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Bernard MacLaverty talks about the influence of music on his novels

    Duration: 04:17

  • Lonnie Donegan

    Rock Island Line

    Singer: Lonnie Donegan. Ensemble: Lonnigans Skiffle Group.
    • KAZ.
  • Claude Debussy

    Danse sacrée et danse profane

    Performer: Lisa Wellbaum. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • Ravel: Sheherazade / Tombeau / Pavane; Debussy: Danses / Ballades de Villon.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 10.
  • Improvisation

    La Florentine

    Performer: Paolo Pandolfo.
    • Travel Notes.
    • GLOSSA.
    • 4.
  • Franz Liszt

    Mephisto Waltz No 1

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
    • Hyperion.
  • William Byrd

    This sweet and merry month of May

    Choir: The King’s Singers.
    • All at once well met: English Madrigals: The King's Singers.
    • EMI.
    • 35.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Finzi cello concerto 2nd mvt: Andante quieto

    Performer: Timothy Hugh. Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia. Conductor: Howard Griffiths.
    • Naxos.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    5 Morceaux de fantaisie for piano (Op.3): no.2; Prelude in C sharp minor

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • Rachmaninov: Preludes Moments musicaux: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • Erato.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No 5 in E flat major, Op 82 (3rd mvt, Allegro molto)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings BPHR 150071.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings.
    • 3.


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Time Travellers: the podcast

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