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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.

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The Essential Classics Playlist

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