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Wednesday with Ian Skelly - Jackie Kay, Nocturne from Borodin's 2nd String Quartet, The Baddeley Cake

Ian Skelly with the best in classical music. Plus the 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 we'll hear Borodin's Nocturne from his second string quartet, written as a present to his wife. Your choice revealed at 10.30 for a companion piece to that!

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. This morning, Dr Naomi Paxton introduces London's oldest living theatrical tradition.
1050 Each day this week the poet and novelist Jackie Kay talks to Ian about the people, places, books and music that inspire her. Today Jackie talks about the musician Nina Simone who left a profound impression on her.

Other music in the programme includes Mozart's concerto for flute K.314, Britten's Festival Te Deum, Alissa Firsova's beautiful setting of the Stabat Mater, and Dvorak's Scherzo Capriccioso.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Carl Maria von Weber

    The Ruler of the Spirits, Op 27

    Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta. Conductor: Jean‐Jacques Kantorow.
    • Weber: Overtures.
    • BIS.
    • 1.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in A minor, Op 17 No 4

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Chopin: 4 Ballades.
    • Sony.
    • 9.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Festival Te Deum, Op. 32

    Performer: Nicholas Morris. Ensemble: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Conductor: Graham Ross.
    • O lux beata Trinitas.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 2.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Sinfonia in E flat major, RV 130, 'Sonata al Santo Sepolcro'

    Ensemble: Arte dei Suonatori.
    • Vivaldi: Concertos for Strings: Arte dei Suonartori.
    • Bis.
    • 3-4.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 1 in C major, Op 21 (4th mvt)

    Conductor: Osmo Vänskä. Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra.
    • Beethoven: The Symphonies: Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska.
    • BIS.
    • 4.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Nocturne from String Quartet no.2 in D major

    Performer: Lindsay String Quartet.
    • Borodin: String quartets: The Lindsays.
    • ASV.
    • 007.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Valse-fantasie in B minor

    Orchestra: Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
    • Ballets Russes: Russian Dances and Ballets.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Flute Concerto in D major, K 314

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Performer: Marie‐Pierre Langlamet. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Mozart Flute Concertos Concerto For Flute And Harp.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Time Traveller: The Baddeley Cake

    Duration: 01:48

  • Thomas Arne

    Artaxerxes (Overture)

    Conductor: Ian Page. Orchestra: Orchestra of Classical Opera Company.
    • LINN.
  • Alissa Firsova

    Stabat Mater

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Spirit, Strength & Sorrow.
    • Coro.
    • 2.
  • Maurice Ravel

    À la manière de Borodine

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
    • Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music: Steven Osborne, Piano.
    • Hyperion.
    • 13.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    String Quartet No 1 in D major, Op 11 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Yuri Yurov. Performer: Mikhail Milman. Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
    • Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Nos. 1-3, Souvenir De Florence.
    • Teldec.
    • 2.
  • Franz Liszt

    Hungarian Rhapsody No 3 in D major

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Fischer.
    • Philips.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Jackie Kay on Nina Simone

    Duration: 04:58

  • Nina Simone

    Four Women

    Performer: Nina Simone.
    • The Best of Nina Simone.
    • Mercury Records.
    • 9.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 6 in D major, 'Le matin' (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
    • Haydn: Symphonies no. 6-8@ Freiburger Barockorchester.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Barcarolle, Op 5 No 1

    Performer: André Previn. Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Rachmaninov: Suites 1&2: Ashkenazy/Previn.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Edward Elgar

    Salut d'amour Op.12

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Chandos.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No 9 in C major, D 944, 'Great' (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker Franz Schubert.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker.
    • 004.
  • Cristóbal de Morales

    Parce mihi domine

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble. Performer: Jan Garbarek.
    • ECM.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Rhapsody in G minor, Op 79 No 2

    Performer: Radu Lupu.
    • Brahms: 2 Rhapsodies Op.79, Klavierstucke Opp.117-119, Radu Lupu.
    • Decca.
    • 2.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66

    Orchestra: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • Dvorak: Symphony No. 5, Scherzo Capriccioso etc..
    • EMI.
    • 6.

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