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Tuesday with Ian Skelly - Jackie Kay, Chopin Polonaise in A flat, Celebrity Endorsement

Ian Skelly with the best in classical music. Plus poet and novelist Jackie Kay on the things that inspire her.

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today's starting point is Chopin's Heroic Polonaise in A flat major.

Other music on the programme includes Saint-Saëns' beautiful Clarinet Sonata, one of 3 sonatas he wrote for wind instruments towards the end of his life. There's also a moment of reflection from Herbert Howells: a slow Dance for violin and orchestra, performed by Lydia Mordkovitch and the London Symphony Orchestra. That's today's 'Slow Moment' at 1130.

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. Today, Matthew Sweet explores how celebrities, including Oscar Wilde, have lent their names (sometimes without permission) to products in adverts.

1050 The poet and novelist Jackie Kay tells Ian how her love of running led to her becoming a writer.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Nicola Porpora

    Mira in cielo (Arianna e Teseo)

    Singer: Philippe Jaroussky. Ensemble: Venice Baroque Orchestra. Director: Andrea Marcon.
    • Porpora Arias.
    • Erato.
    • 1.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    La forza del destino: Overture

    Orchestra: Filarmonica della Scala. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Prelude in F Minor, WoO 55

    Performer: Alessio Bax.
    • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 & Works for Solo Piano.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 4.
  • Richard Strauss

    Aus Italien, Op 16 (2nd mvt - In Rome's Ruins)

    Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ariane Matiakh.
    • R. Strauss: Aus Italien, Op. 16 - Wolf-Farrari: Suite veneziano.
    • CapriccioNR.
    • 2.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise in A flat major, Op 53, 'Eroica'

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • Chopin: 26 Preludes Scherzo NR. 2 - Martha Argerich.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 28.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No 4 in E minor, Op 98 (3rd mvt)

    Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Brahms: Complete Symphonies: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
    • 3.
  • Francesca Caccini

    Io mi distruggo

    Singer: Shannon Mercer. Performer: Sylvain Bergeron. Performer: Amanda Keesmaat. Performer: Luc Beauséjour.
    • Francesca Caccini: O Viva Rosa.
    • Analekta.
    • 13.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op 167

    Performer: Sabine Meyer. Performer: Oleg Maisenberg.
    • EMI.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise No.6 in A flat major, Op.53 'Heroic'

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • EMI.
  • Time Traveller: Celebrity Endorsements

    Duration: 02:43

  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Una furtiva lagrima (L'elisir d'amore)

    Singer: Rolando Villazón. Orchestra: Prague Philharmonia. Conductor: Daniele Callegari.
    • Rolando Villazon: Tenor.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 10.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Tango ('Espana', no.2)

    Music Arranger: Leopold Godowsky. Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor.
    • Decca.
  • Joseph Martin Kraus

    Sinfonia per la chiesa in D major

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Anthony Halstead.
    • Musica Sveciae.
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar

    Fantasy in B minor, Op 11 No 1

    Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
    • BIS.
  • Stanislaw Moniuszko

    Mazurka (Halka, Act 1)

    Orchestra: Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Narodowej. Conductor: Antoni Wit.
    • Moniuszko: Ballet Music.
    • Naxos.
    • 8.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    St Paul, Op 36 - Overture

    Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • Mendelssohn: Paulus.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 001.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Jackie Kay on running

    Duration: 04:26

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in A minor, Op 132, 'Heiliger Dankgesang'

    Performer: Takács Quartet.
    • DECCA.
  • Johann Pachelbel

    Jauchzet dem Herrn

    Ensemble: Les Agrémens. Conductor: Jean Tubéry.
    • German Sacred Baroque Music - Christmas.
    • Ricercar.
    • 1.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Sinfonietta in A major, Op 48 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Alberto Zedda.
    • Prokofiev/Debussy/Milhaud: Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne/Zedda.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 7.
  • Clara Schumann

    Romance in A flat major, Op 11 No 3

    Performer: Hélène Boschi.
    • Clara Schumann Piano Works.
    • 012.
  • Herbert Howells

    Quasi lento, quieto (3 Dances, Op 7 No 2)

    Performer: Lydia Mordkovitch. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Howells: Orchestral Works.
    • Chandos.
    • 007.
  • Uuno Klami

    The Cobblers on the heath - overture

    Orchestra: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • ONDINE.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Song without Words in G major, Op 62 No 4

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Mendelssohn: Lieder Ohne Worte: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 4.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K 546

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Director: Andrew Manze.


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