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Monday with Ian Skelly - Siân Phillips, Midsummer, Gershwin's Summertime

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. Music includes Herbert Howell's blues-inflected anthem "Like as the hart", Alun Hoddinott's first suite of Welsh Dances and Richard Strauss's "Til Eulenspiegel" condensed for chamber group.
0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today we're looking for music to follow Gershwin's beautiful lullaby "Summertime".
1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. Dr Alun Withey on the strange history of midsummer celebrations.
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. Today Siân reminisces about her school days in Wales.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Edvard Grieg

    Sonata No 2 in G major, Op 13 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Alexandra Soumm. Performer: David Kadouch.
    • Claves.
  • Herbert Howells

    Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks

    Choir: The Sixteen. Performer: Robert Quinney. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • A New Heaven, The Sixteen.
    • UCJ.
    • 12.
  • Jeremy Menuhin

    Suite for 2 Pianos in the Baroque Manner: I. Prélude

    Ensemble: Menuhin Duo.
    • The Voice of Rebellion.
    • Genuin.
    • 101.
  • Jeremy Menuhin

    Suite for 2 Pianos in the Baroque Manner: II. Fugue

    Ensemble: Menuhin Duo.
    • The Voice of Rebellion.
    • Genuin.
    • 102.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dance No 6 arr for orchestra

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • WARNER.
  • George Gershwin

    Summertime [from 'Porgy And Bess']

    Singer: Claron McFadden. Orchestra: Anima Eterna Brugge. Conductor: Jos van Immerseel.
    • Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue & Catfish Row.
    • Alpha.
    • 6.
  • Johann Baptist Georg Neruda

    Horn Concerto in E Flat Major [COMPLETE]

    Performer: Alec Frank-Gemmill. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchesra. Conductor: Nicholas McGegan.
    • BIS.
  • Pablo de Sarasate

    Romanza andaluza, Op 22 No 1 orch Hohn

    Performer: Chloë Hanslip. Conductor: Paul Mann. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Chloë.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Jocelyn Pook

    How sweet the moonlight (The Merchant of Venice)

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Performer: Siobhán Armstrong. Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Ensemble: Baroque String Quartet.
    • Decca.
  • Jocelyn Pook

    Banquet for Shylock (Tourdion)

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Performer: Pamela Thorby. Performer: Clara Sanabras. Performer: Jeremy West.
    • Decca.
  • Claude Debussy

    L'isle joyeuse orch Molinari

    Orchestra: Lyon Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Jun Märkl.
    • Debussy.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5; Markl.
    • Naxos.
    • 16.
  • Time Traveller: Midsummer

    Duration: 02:27

  • Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61 (Overture, Op.21)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Mendelssohn Overturen London Symphony Orchestra Claudio Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 2.
  • Henry Purcell

    King Arthur (Overture)

    Ensemble: Tafelmusik. Director: Jeanne Lamon.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Danza rustica (Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No 2)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Hungarica. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances: Philharmonia Hungarica/Dorati.
    • Mercury.
    • 6.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise in C sharp minor Op.26 No.1

    Performer: Janina Fialkowska.
    • Atma.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Silent Noon (The House of Life)

    Performer: Julius Drake. Singer: Ian Bostridge.
    • The English Songbook: Bostridge / Drake.
    • EMI.
    • 13.
  • George Gershwin


    Performer: Nash Ensemble.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Les fées du Rhin (Grand valse)

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Archiv.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Dame Sian Phillips on her schooldays in Wales

    Duration: 04:45

  • Alun Hoddinott

    Welsh Dances Suite No 1, Op 15

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Charles Groves.
    • Lyita.
  • Richard Strauss

    Till Eulenspiegel

    Music Arranger: Franz Hasenöhrl. Performer: Stephen Stirling. Ensemble: Fibonacci Sequence.
    • The Fibonacci Sequence - Horn.
    • Deux-Elles.
    • 1.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Rob Roy - Overture

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Alexander Gibson.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Eriks Esenvalds

    Long Road

    Ensemble: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • Passion And The Resurrection.
    • Hyperion.
    • 9.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Clear and gentle stream (7 Part Songs, Op.17)

    Music Arranger: Harvey Brough. Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
    • Introit: The Music of Gerald Finzi.
    • Decca.
    • 7.
  • Joan Trimble

    Buttermilk Point

    Performer: Una Hunt. Performer: Roy Holmes.
    • Trimble: 2 Pianos - Songs and Chamber Music.
    • Naxos.
    • 18.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV 1048

    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • J.S. Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos; Il Giardino Armonico.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 8.


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