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Thursday with Ian Skelly - Marin Alsop, Ave Maria, The Huma Bird

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, including three very different scherzos, Respighi's reworking of early music in his "Ancient airs and dances - Suite no. 3 " and a shimmering piece for two cellos and orchestra by contemporary composer Giovanni Sollima .

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today the starting point is Schubert's famous "Ave Maria", a setting of a song from Walter Scott's popular epic poem "The Lady of the Lake".

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. Today Kate Romano tells the story of the mythical Huma bird, that lives eternally in flight.

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. Today Marin talks about a favourite film.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Josef Myslivecek

    Wind Octet No 1 in E flat major (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: L'Orfeo Wind Ensemble. Conductor: Carin van Heerden.
    • Myslivecek: Complete Wind Octets & Quintets: L'Orfeo Blaeserensemble/van Heerden.
    • CPO.
  • Gustav Holst

    Cotswold Symphony (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Holst: Cotswolds Symphony.
    • Naxos.
    • 4.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Scherzi musicali: Amarilli onde m'assale, SV 231

    Conductor: Sergio Chierici. Ensemble: L'esaensemble. Ensemble: Baschenis Ensemble.
    • Monteverdi: Scherzi musicali, Venezia 1607.
    • Tactus.
    • 102.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Trio in B flat major, Op 97, 'Archduke' (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: The Florestan Trio.
    • Beethoven: Piano Trio in B flat, Op.97 'Archduke': The Florestan Trio.
    • Hyperion.
    • 2.
  • Franz Schubert

    Ellens Gesang 3, D 839 (Ave Maria)

    Performer: Geoffrey Parsons. Singer: Barbara Bonney.
    • Schubert: Lieder: Barbara Bonney, Geoffrey Parsons.
    • Teldec.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No 3

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 10-13.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Intermezzo in A flat major

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Kaleidoscope: Marc-Andre Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.
    • 11.
  • James P. Johnson

    Victory Stride

    Orchestra: The Concordia Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • Nimbus.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Rondeau, Op 97

    Performer: Nils‐Erik Sparf. Performer: Bengt Forsberg.
    • DG.
  • Time Traveller: The Huma Bird

    Duration: 02:26

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Dance of the Birds (Snow Maiden suite)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Efrem Kurtz.
    • Efrem Kurtz - Profile.
    • EMI.
    • 002.
  • Bernhard Crusell

    Divertimento for oboe and string quartet

    Performer: Christopher O'Neal. Ensemble: Fibonacci Sequence.
    • Deux-Elles.
  • Robert Parsons

    Ave Maria à 5

    Conductor: Harry Christophers. Choir: The Sixteen.
    • Treasures of Tudor England: The Sixteen/Harry Christophers.
    • Coro.
    • 1.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Marietta's Lute Song (Die tote Stadt)

    Singer: Renée Fleming. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Jeffrey Tate.
    • Renee Fleming - By Request.
    • Decca.
    • 12.
  • Stephen Goss

    El Albaicín (Albéniz Concerto)

    Performer: Xuefei Yang. Orchestra: Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. Conductor: Eije Oue.
    • Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez: Xuefei Yang.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 4.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Marin Alsop on Harold And Maude

    Duration: 04:11

  • Johannes Brahms

    Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (A German Requiem)

    Conductor: Marin Alsop. Choir: MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig. Orchestra: MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony.
    • Naxos.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Keyboard Concerto No 1 in D minor, BWV 1052

    Performer: Angela Hewitt. Orchestra: Australian Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Tognetti.
    • Hyperion.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Il signor Bruschino (Overture)

    Director: Sir Antonio Pappano. Orchestra: Santa Cecilia Orchestra.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    One hand, one heart arr Guieu (West Side Story)

    Music Arranger: Renaud Guieu. Ensemble: Les Phil'Art'Cellistes.
    • De La Matiere A La Couleur: Les Phil'art'cellistes.
    • Saphir.
    • 2.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Cum dederit dilectis (Nisi Dominus, RV 608)

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Ensemble: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Dyer.
    • Decca.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Waltz in A flat major, Op.38

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor.
    • DECCA.
  • Giovanni Sollima

    Violoncelles, Vibrez!

    Performer: Gautier Capuçon. Performer: Benoît Grenet. Orchestra: Orchestre de chambre de Paris. Conductor: Douglas Boyd.
    • Intuition.
    • Erato.
    • 104.


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