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Thursday with Ian Skelly - Bernard MacLaverty, William Charles Macready

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

  • Franz Schubert

    Allegro in C major, D 946 No 3

    Performer: Paul Lewis.
    • Schubert: Piano Sonatas D.840, 850 & 894, Impromptus D.899: Paul Lewis.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Carnival Overture Op.92

    Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • BR Klassik.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo in D major, K 382

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra.
    • EMI.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber


    Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • Teldec.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Os justi for 8 voices

    Choir: VOCES8.
    • A Choral Tapestry: Voces 8.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 1.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor)

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Choir: Chorus of the Kirov Opera. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Tchaikovsky 1812 - Borodin - Glinka - And More - Kirov Orchestra - Gergiev.
    • Phillips.
    • 4.
  • Robert Schumann

    Arabeske in C major, Op 18

    Performer: Jonathan Biss.
    • Schumann: Fantasie/Kreisleriana/Arabeske: Jonathan Biss.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 12.
  • William Byrd

    The March Before the Battle

    Music Arranger: Elgar Howarth. Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
    • La Battaglia: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
    • Decca.
    • 10.
  • Time Traveller: William Charles Macready

    Duration: 02:09

  • Bedrich Smetana

    Shakespeare Festival March

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • Chandos.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Sextet in D major, Op 110 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Khatia Buniatishvili. Performer: Dora Schwarzberg. Performer: Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg. Performer: Lyda Chen. Performer: Jorge Andres Bosso. Performer: Enrico Fagone.
    • Live from the Lugano Festival 2009, Martha Argerich and friends.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 12.
  • Juan Bautista José Cabanilles

    Batalla Imperial

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • Alia Vox.
  • Luciano Berio

    Quattro versioni originali della Ritirata Notturna di Madrid di L. Boccherini

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Luciano Berio.
    • RCA.
  • Claude Debussy

    Arabesque No 2 in G major

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Debussy: Children's Corner, Suite Bergamasque, Pour le Piano: Angela Hewitt.
    • Hyperion.
    • 13.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Bernard MacLaverty on Scottish opera

    Duration: 04:51

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Di questa cetra in seno (Il Parnaso confuso)

    Singer: Cecilia Bartoli. Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin.
    • Cecilia Bartoli - Gluck Italian Arias.
    • Decca.
    • 2.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon à 10, S.137

    Performer: London Symphony Brass. Conductor: Eric Crees.
    • Gabrieli: Music for Brass Vol. 3.
    • Naxos.
    • 2.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony No.5 in D major; Passacaglia: Moderato-Allegro

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Manze.
    • ONYX.
  • Sally Beamish

    Gaudent in coelis for chorus

    Choir: Choirs of St Catherine's College, Cambridge. Conductor: Edward Wickham.
    • Gaudent In Coelis.
    • RESONUS.
    • 1.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata No 40 in E flat major, H XVI 25

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3: Marc-Andre Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.
    • 16.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ach, ich fuhl's (Die Zauberflote)

    Singer: Sandrine Piau. Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Gottfried von der Goltz.
    • Naive.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    Valse (5 Novelettes for string quartet, Op 15 No 4)

    Ensemble: St. Petersburg String Quartet.
    • Glazunov: 5 Novelettes etc: St Petersburg String Quartet.
    • Delos.
    • 4.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Dance with Mandolins (Romeo and Juliet)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Maurice Ravel

    La parade

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.


Time Travellers: the podcast

Time Travellers: the podcast

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