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Thursday with Ian Skelly - Siân Phillips, American Cocktails, Beatus Vir

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

  • Domenico Cimarosa

    Il credulo (Overture)

    Orchestra: Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia. Conductor: Alessandro Amoretti.
    • Naxos.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1: IV. Presto

    Ensemble: Casals Quartet.
    • Beethoven: Inventions 1.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 4.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19: III. Andante

    Performer: Peter Moore. Performer: James Baillieu.
    • Life Force.
    • Rubicon Classics.
    • 5.
  • Alfredo Casella

    Italia, Op 11 (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • Chandos.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Beatus vir

    Ensemble: I Fagiolini. Conductor: Robert Hollingworth.
    • DECCA.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No 8 in G major, Op 88 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • Dvorak: Complete Symphonies and Concertos.
    • Decca.
    • 3.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Suite italienne for cello and piano: 1st movement

    Performer: Truls Mørk. Performer: Lars Vogt.
    • Virgin.
  • Time Traveller: American Cocktails

    Duration: 02:10

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Phaëton, Op 39

    Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • SONY.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Boléro, Op 19

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Chopin: The Solo Piano Works: Ashkenazy.
    • London.
    • 4.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Cum dederit dilectis (Nisi Dominus, RV 608)

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Ensemble: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Dyer.
    • Decca.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    Beati quorum via, Op 38 No 3

    Performer: Robert Quinney. Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • A New Heaven, The Sixteen.
    • UCJ.
    • 4.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No.2 in C major, Hob.I:2

    Orchestra: Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra. Conductor: Adam Fischer.
    • NIMBUS.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Dame Sian Phillips on Tennessee Williams

    Duration: 03:55

  • Stephen Sondheim

    Send in the Clowns

    Performer: Siân Phillips. Conductor: John Owen Edwards.
    • That's Entertainment.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    L'Ondine, Op 101

    Performer: Peter Jacobs.
    • Chaminade: Piano Music - 1, Peter Jacobs.
    • Helios.
    • 6.
  • Anonymous

    Chacona ytaliana 'Sencilla pastora'

    Ensemble: Piffaro.
    • Spanish Renaissance Wind Music: Piffaro - The Renaissance Band.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 4.
  • Il Fásolo

    Ciaconna, 'Acceso mio core'

    Ensemble: Le Poème Harmonique. Conductor: Vincent Dumestre.
    • Il Fasolo: Le Poeme Harmonique/Dumestre.
    • Alpha.
    • 17.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 3 in E flat major, Op 55, 'Eroica' (4th mvt)

    Conductor: Osmo Vänskä. Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra.
    • Beethoven: The Symphonies: Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska.
    • BIS.
    • 4.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Piano Quartet no 2 in G minor: 3rd mvt Adagio non troppo

    Ensemble: Domus.
    • Hyperion.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams


    Ensemble: The King’s Singers.
    • Gold.
    • 16.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Valsa da dor

    Performer: Cristina Ortiz.
    • Villa-Lobos: Piano music: Cristina Ortiz.
    • Decca.
    • 18.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No 41 in C major, K 551, 'Jupiter' (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 39 & 41: Sir Colin Davis.
    • Philips.
    • 8.


Time Travellers: the podcast

Time Travellers: the podcast

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