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Wednesday with Ian Skelly - Bernard MacLaverty, Sassy Spinsters, Offenbach's Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann

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

  • Paul Hindemith

    Symphonic Metamorphosis after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • Mariss Jansons Live - The Radio Recordings 1990-2014.
    • RCO Live.
    • 7.
  • Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer

    Suite No 1 in C major (Le Journal de Printemps, Op 1)

    Orchestra: L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra. Director: Michi Gaigg.
    • JCF Fischer - Le journal de Printemps.
    • CPO.
    • 006.
  • Maurice Greene

    Orpheus with his lute

    Singer: Julian Prégardien. Ensemble: Teatro del Mondo. Director: Andreas Kuppers.
    • Orpheus - Songs, Arias & Madrigals.
    • CPO.
    • 003.
  • Henry Purcell

    Celestial Music: When Orpheus sang

    Singer: Lucile Richardot. Ensemble: Ensemble correspondances. Conductor: Sébastien Daucé.
    • Perpetual Night: 17th Century Airs and Songs.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 18.
  • Robert Schumann

    Toccata in C major, Op 7

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Barcarolle (Les contes d'Hoffmann)

    Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Singer: Stéphanie d'Oustrac. Choir: Chœur des Musiciens du Louvre. Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Anne Sofie von Otter sings Offenbach.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 8.
  • Grace Williams

    Calm Sea in Summer (Sea Sketches)

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: David Atherton.
    • Lyrita.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Trio for trumpet, horn and trombone

    Performer: John Wallace. Performer: Richard Watkins. Performer: David Purser. Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • Poulenc: The Complete Chamber Music: The Nash Ensemble.
    • Hyperion.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in D major, Op 33 No 6

    Ensemble: Quatuor Mosaïques.
    • Haydn - String Quartets Opus 33.
    • Naive.
    • 001.
  • Time Traveller: Sassy Spinsters

    Duration: 02:09

  • Jerome Moross

    The Big Country (opening titles)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Tony Bremner.
    • The Big Country.
    • Silva Screen.
    • 1.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Le désert (Des canyons aux étoiles)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Christoph Eschenbach.
    • Messiaen: Des canyons aux étoiles.
    • London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • 001.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Ballade in B major, Op 10 No 4

    Performer: Jonathan Plowright.
    • Brahms: Works for Piano.
    • BIS.
    • 204.
  • Georges Bizet

    Au fond du temple saint (The Pearl Fishers)

    Singer: Plácido Domingo. Singer: Sherrill Milnes. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Anton Guadagno.
    • SONY.
  • Nicolò Paganini

    Violin Concerto No 1 in D major, Op 6 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
    • Paganini/Saint-Saens/Waxman: Woorks for Violin: Vengerov/Mehta.
    • Teldec.
    • 3.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No 1 in G major, BWV 1007 - Prelude

    Performer: David Watkin.
    • Resonus.
  • Toivo Kuula

    Prelude and Fugue, Op.10

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Dutton.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Humoresque in G flat major, Op 101 No 7

    Performer: Radoslav Kvapil.
    • Dvorak: Piano Works Vol.4.
    • Supraphon.
    • 8.
  • Silvestre Revueltas


    Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Amadis (Chaconne)

    Singer: Guillemette Laurens. Orchestra: Capriccio Stravagante. Director: Skip Sempé.
    • Jean-Baptiste Lully - Divertissements.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
    • 008.
  • Joseph Horovitz

    Sonatina for clarinet and piano (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Ronald van Spaendonck. Performer: Eliane Reyes.
    • Fuga Libera.
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    Petite suite de concert Op.77: 3. Un sonnet d'amour

    Orchestra: Chicago Sinfonietta. Conductor: Paul Freeman.
    • African Heritage Symphonic Series, Volume 1.
    • CEDILLE.
    • 4.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Scheherazade, Op 35 (The Sea and Sinbad's Ship)

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade etc: Kirov Orchestra/Gergiev.
    • Philips.
    • 1.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Bernard MacLaverty on Jazz On A Summer's Day

    Duration: 02:11


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