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Wednesday with Ian Skelly - Fur Elise, Tudor posture, Siân Phillips

Ian Skelly with the best in classical music, plus this week's guest, actress Sian Phillips.

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.
0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist.
1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history
1050 This week Ian's guest is the actress and writer Siân Phillips, who talks about some of the things that have inspired her throughout her life and career.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • George Frideric Handel

    Suite in G major, HWV 350, 'Water Music'

    Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists.
    • Water Music / Fireworks Music (English Baroque Soloists feat. conductor: John El.
    • Philips.
    • 13-16.
  • Clara Schumann

    Scherzo No. 2 in C minor, Op. 14

    Performer: Sophie Pacini.
    • In Between.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 2.
  • Franz Liszt

    Reitermarsch, from 4 Marches by Franz Schubert, S.363

    Conductor: Martin Haselböck. Orchestra: Wiener Akademie.
    • Liszt: The Sound of Weimar – Die Orchesterwerke im Originalklang.
    • Gramola Records.
  • William Byrd


    Choir: VOCES8.
    • Signum.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59, 'Für Elise'

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
    • Beethoven: Bagatelles: Steven Osborne.
    • Hyperion.
    • 30.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    La Boutique Fantasque (Nocturne; Galop)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • Chandos.
  • Santiago de Murcia

    Folias españolas

    Performer: William Carter.
    • Linn : CKD-288.
    • Linn.
    • 1.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Op 28

    Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
    • Nicola Benedetti: Fantasie.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 3.
  • Bastian Chilese

    Canzon in echo à 8

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • Battaglie and Lamenti: 1600-1660 Monteverdi, Peri, Fontei, Strozzi.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 5.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Jolly Rutterkin (Five Tudor Portraits)

    Conductor: Richard Hickox. Singer: John Shirley‐Quirk. Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Vaughan Williams: 5 Tudor Portraits: Richard Hickox.
    • Chandos.
    • 5.
  • Time Traveller: Tudor Posture

    Duration: 02:28

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in G major for 2 mandolins, RV 532

    Performer: Giovanni Scaramuzzino. Performer: Sonia Maurer. Orchestra: Europa Galante. Director: Fabio Biondi.
    • Vivaldi: Concert Per Mandolini: Europa Galante, Gabio Biondi.
    • Virgin Veritas.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Os Justi

    Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in A major, Op.118 no.2

    Performer: Emanuel Ax.
    • Brahms: Handel Variations - Amanuel Ax, Piano.
    • Sony.
    • 29.
  • Robert Schumann

    String Quartet in A major, Op 41 No 3 (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Zehetmair Quartett.
    • Robert Schumann: Zehetmair Quartett.
    • ECM.
    • 8.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Dame Sian Phillips on training to be an actress

    Duration: 04:24

  • Wilfred Josephs

    I Claudius (main title)

    Orchestra: United Kingdom Symphony Orchestra.
    • RCA Victor.
  • Fritz Kreisler


    Performer: Jack Liebeck. Performer: Katya Apekisheva.
    • HYPERION : CDA-68040.
    • 2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    The Marriage of Figaro (Overture)

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • DG.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Piano Trio No 1 in B flat major, Op 21 (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Gould Piano Trio.
    • Dvorak: Piano Trios: Gould Piano Trio.
    • Champs Hill.
    • 3.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita for solo violin No.2 in D minor (BWV.1004); Chaconne

    Performer: Thomas Dunford. Music Arranger: Thomas Dunford.
    • ALPHA.
  • Léo Delibes

    Sous le dôme épais (Lakmé)

    Singer: Renée Fleming. Singer: Susan Graham. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing.
    • Guilty Pleasures.
    • Decca.
    • 9.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony No 5 in D major (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
  • William Byrd

    Non vos Relinquam

  • Jean Sibelius

    Kullervo, Op. 7: IV. Kullervo Goes to Battle

    Conductor: Colin Davis. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1-7, Kullervo, Pohjola's Daughter, The Oceanides.
    • Lso Live.
    • 13.


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