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Friday with Ian Skelly - Bolcom's Graceful Ghost, Paul Whitehouse, Skeddadle

Ian Skelly with the best in classical music, plus this week's guest, actor and comedian Paul Whitehouse.

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.
Music today includes Beethoven's slightly eccentric Fantasia for piano, chorus and orchestra, a charming trio by Madeleine Dring and Louis Vierne's "Carillon de Westminster.
0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today we start with William Bolcom's charming rag "Graceful Ghost".
1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history - Bob Nicholson looks at the enthusiastic take-up of American slang terms in 19th century Britain.
1050 Each day this week the actor, writer and comedian Paul Whitehouse, creator of unforgettable characters in The Fast Show and in his series with Harry Enfield, talks about the people, music and ideas that have inspired him over the years. Today he talks about a memorable childhood trip behind the Iron Curtain, as his family joined his opera-singer mother who was on tour with the Welsh National Opera.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Mazurek in E minor, Op 49 arr for violin and orchestra

    Performer: Anne‐Sophie Mutter. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Manfred Honeck.
    • Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Romance; Mazurek; Humoresque.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 5.
  • Frank Bridge

    Valse intermezzo

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Bridge: Orchestral works vol.5: BBC NOW/Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 14.
  • Turlough O'Carolan

    Si bheag, si mhor

    Performer: David Power. Ensemble: Camerata Kilkenny.
    • RTE Lyric FM.
  • Johann Christian Bach

    Symphony in G minor, Op. 6 No. 6

    Ensemble: Les Violons du Roy. Conductor: Bernard Labadie.
    • Dorian.
  • William Bolcom

    3 Ghost rags for piano, no.1; The Graceful ghost

    Performer: William Bolcom.
    • NONESUCH.
  • William Bolcom

    The Graceful Ghost (Three Ghost Rags)

    Ensemble: Ying Quartet.
    • Quartz.
  • George Enescu

    2 Romanian Rhapsodies, Op. 11: No. 1 in A Major

    Orchestra: MDR Sinfonieorchester. Conductor: Kristjan Järvi.
    • The Kristjan Järvi Sound Project - Balkan Fever.
    • Naive.
    • 1.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Chõro No 1 for guitar

    Performer: Carlos Bonell.
    • The Private Collection: Carlos Bonell.
    • Upbeat Classics.
    • 4.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No 5 in B flat major, D 485 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Schubert: Symphonies no.5 & 6: Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 1.
  • Time Traveller: Skedaddlemania

    Duration: 02:35

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Running Set

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: James Judd.
    • Vaughan Williams: Piano Concert.
    • Naxos.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Oboe Concerto in F, Op. 9 No. 3

    Performer: Anthony Robson. Performer: Catherine Latham. Orchestra: Collegium Musicum 90. Director: Simon Standage.
    • Chaconne.
  • Scott Joplin

    Solace (A Mexican Serenade)

    Performer: William Bolcom.
    • Euphonic Sounds - The Scott Joplin Album.
    • OMEGA.
    • 12.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Ragtime, for 11 instruments

    Ensemble: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: Finale

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Paul Whitehouse on East Berlin

    Duration: 04:08

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Va, pensiero, sull'ali (Nabucco)

    Librettist: Temistocle Solera. Orchestra: Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. Conductor: Sir Richard Armstrong. Orchestra: Welsh National Opera Orchestra.
    • Verdi: Chorus of Hebrew Slaves - Favourite Choruses & Overtures.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 110.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Choral Fantasy in C minor, Op 80

    Choir: Arnold Schönberg Chor. Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Harnoncourt - Beethoven.
    • Warner.
    • 5-6.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Symphony in A major

    Orchestra: L’Orfeo Barockorchester. Director: Michi Gaigg.
    • CPO.
  • John Dowland

    Time stands still

    Performer: David Ponsford. Singer: Simon Ponsford.
    • NIMBUS.
  • Madeleine Dring

    Trio for flute, oboe and piano

    Performer: Nancy Ruffer. Performer: John Anderson. Performer: Helen Crayford.
    • Dutton.
  • Louis Vierne

    Pieces de fantaisie - suite no. 3 Op.54 for organ: Carillon de Westminster

    Performer: Olivier Latry.
    • NAÏVE.

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