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Wednesday with Ian Skelly - Sibelius's Valse Triste, Yorkshire's greatest magician, and guest Marin Alsop

Ian Skelly with the best in classical music. Plus conductor Marin Alsop on the people, places and ideas 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 playlist music is Sibelius's Valse Triste.
1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. Today Naomi Paxton would like to talk about the Elephant in the room...
1050 Each day this week the trail-blazing internationally renowned conductor Marin Alsop talks to Ian about the people, places and ideas that have inspired her throughout her life and career, and she talks this morning about her love of the poetry of W H Auden.

Other music in the programme includes Tippett's Fantasia Concertante on a theme of Corelli, a new release from the Jerusalem Quartet of Ravel's string quartet, music for piano and winds by Louise Farrenc and part of Holst's Moorside Suite.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Les fêtes d'Hébé (Overture)

    Orchestra: Les Talens Lyriques. Conductor: Christophe Rousset.
    • Rameau: Overtures: Les Talens Lyriques/Rousset.
    • Decca.
    • 7.
  • Franz Schubert

    Allegretto in C minor, D 915

    Performer: Paul Lewis.
    • Schubert: Piano Sonata D.845, Wandererfantasie D.760: Paul Lewis.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 11.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    Incidental music from Salome Op.90: Salome's Dance

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: José Serebrier.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Maurice Ravel

    String Quartet 2nd mvt, Assez vif, très rythmé

    Ensemble: Jerusalem Quartet.
    • Debussy & Ravel: String Quartets.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 6.
  • Richard Strauss

    Le Tic-Toc-Choc - La Lutine (Divertimento after Couperin, Op 86)

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Valse triste (Kuolema)

    Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • Sibelius: Finlandia; Valse Triste; Grieg: Sigurd Jorsalfar; Salonen.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 2.
  • Henry Purcell

    Strike the viol (Come ye sons of art)

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Orchestra: Accademia Bizantina. Director: Stefano Montanari.
    • Decca.
  • Nadia Boulanger

    3 Pieces

    Performer: Nicolas Altstaedt. Performer: José Gallardo.
    • French Cello Sonatas.
    • Naxos.
    • 2-4.
  • Michael Tippett

    Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • Lachrymae: Music for Strings.
    • Warner.
    • 8.
  • Time Traveller: Hidden In Plain Sight

    Duration: 02:34

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Andante and Variations in G major, K.501

    Performer: Christoph Eschenbach. Performer: Justus Frantz.
    • Mozart: Music for Piano Duet: Justus Frantz, Christoph Eschenbach.
    • DG.
    • 10.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Symphonic Dance Op 64 no.1

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • Grieg: Peer Gynt: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Orama.
    • Erato.
    • 10.
  • Geoffrey Toye

    The Haunted Ballroom

    Orchestra: RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Ernest Tomlinson.
    • NAXOS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Premiere rhapsodie for clarinet and orchestra

    Performer: Franklin Cohen. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Marin Alsop on W.H.Auden

    Duration: 03:45

  • Leonard Bernstein

    The Age Of Anxiety (Symphony No.2): Conclusion

    Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet. Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • NAXOS.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    String Symphony No.10 in B minor

    Ensemble: Concerto Köln.
    • Mendelssohn: String Symphonies 8, 9 & 10: Concerto Koln.
    • Das Alte Werk.
    • 9.
  • Louise Farrenc

    Sextet in C minor, Op 40 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Éric Le Sage. Ensemble: Les Vents Français.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Johan Svendsen

    Norwegian Rhapsody No 3

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Johan Svendsen: Orchestral works vol.2: Bergen Philharmonic/Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Gustav Holst

    A Moorside Suite for Brass Band: Nocturne

    Performer: Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Conductor: Garry Cutt.
    • Chandos.
  • William Byrd

    Laudibus in sanctis for 5 voices (Cantiones Sacrae Vol 2)

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Ceremony and Devotion, Music for the Tudors: The Sixteen/Christophers.
    • Coro.
    • 2.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Mussorgsky / Borodin: Berliner Philharmoniker / Rattle.
    • EMI.
    • 20.

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