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Friday with Ian Skelly - Victorian outlaws, Marin Alsop, Delibes's Sylvia

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 starter piece is the stirring Prelude to Delibes' ballet suite Sylvia.

Other music in the programme includes Granville Bantock's inventive 'comedy overture' Pierrot of the Minute, Stravinsky's Chamber Concerto 'Dumbarton Oaks', new releases of music for violin, and a rare and beautiful harp discovery by the 19th century Scottish-born composer Sophia Dussek.

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. Alun Withey views a Victorian rogues' gallery.

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 she shares her love of the chamber music of Brahms and Schumann.

1130 Slow Moment - today's musical oasis is a double bill of Chopin.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in F major, RV 98, 'La tempesta di mare'

    Performer: Michael Schneider. Ensemble: Camerata Köln.
    • Vivaldi: Flute Concertos Op. X: Camerata Koln, Schneider, Kaiser.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Ave maris stella

    Conductor: Stephen Layton. Choir: Polyphony.
    • Grainger/Grieg: At Twilight: Polyphony, Stephen Layton.
    • Hyperion.
  • Franz Danzi

    Wind Quintet in F major, Op 56 No 3 (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.
    • Bis.
  • Béla Bartók

    Violin Concerto No 2 (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Tibor Bogányi.
    • Bartók: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2.
    • Gramola Records.
    • 202.
  • Igor Stravinsky


    Performer: Ilya Gringolts. Performer: Peter Laul.
    • Stravinsky: Music for Violin, Vol. 2.
    • BIS.
    • 2.
  • Léo Delibes

    Les chasseresses (Sylvia)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • French Ballet Music.
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • York Bowen

    Romance in A major for viola and piano

    Performer: Lawrence Power. Performer: Simon Crawford‐Phillips.
    • York Bowen: The complete Works for Viola & Piano: Power, Crawford-Phillips.
    • Hyperion.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 82 in C major, 'The Bear' (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Concentus Musicus Wien. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Haydn: The Paris Symphonies: Concentus Musicus Wien/Harnoncourt.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
    • 4.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Voi ch'ascoltate in rime sparse (Selva morale e spirituale)

    Director: Harry Christophers. Choir: The Sixteen.
    • Monteverdi: Selva morale e spirituale Vol.1: The Sixteen/Christophers.
    • Coro.
    • 4.
  • Granville Bantock

    Pierrot of the Minute

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • Bantock: The Song of Songs etc..
    • Hyperion.
    • 006.
  • Time Traveller: Victorian Wanted Ads

    Duration: 03:24

  • Edvard Grieg

    In the Hall of the Mountain King (Peer Gynt Suite No 1)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
    • Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Berglund.
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • Franz Liszt

    Gnomenreigen (2 Concert Etudes, S 145 No 2)

    Performer: Daniil Trifonov.
    • Transcendental.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 002.
  • Michel Corrette

    Concert 'le phenix' in D major

    Ensemble: Opera Prima Ensemble. Director: Cristiano Contadin.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Royal Hunt & Storm (Les Troyens)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • LSO Live.
  • Sophia Corri Dussek

    Harp Sonata

    Performer: Judy Loman.
    • Harp Showpieces.
    • Naxos.
    • 010.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Marin Alsop on chamber music

    Duration: 04:54

  • Johannes Brahms

    String Sextet No 1 in B flat major, Op 18 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Cecil Aronowitz. Performer: William Pleeth. Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Richard Rodney Bennett

    Celebration for Orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • Chandos.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Dumbarton Oaks

    Ensemble: Ensemble intercontemporain. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Prelude in A major, Op 28 No 7

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • The Chopin Experience.
    • Warner Classics and Jazz.
    • 13.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in E major, Op 62 No 2

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • Nikolai Lugansky: Frederic Chopin 24 Preludes.
    • Erato.
    • 29.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in G Op.3 No.3

    Ensemble: Combattimento. Conductor: Jan Willem de Vriend.
    • Challenge Classics.
  • Robert Schumann

    The Bride of Messina: Overture

    Orchestra: WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. Conductor: Heinz Holliger.
    • AUDITE.


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