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Monday with Ian Skelly - Sabre Dance, July, Matt Haig

Ian Skelly with the best in classical music, plus this week's guest, novelist Matt Haig.

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 novelist Matt Haig, who talks about the books, places, culture and art that have inspired him.

Matt Haig is the bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. As a writer for children and young adults he has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been shortlisted three times for the Carnegie Medal.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Louise Farrenc

    Overture No 1 in E minor, Op 23

    Orchestra: NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Goritzki.
    • CPO.
  • Hugo Wolf

    Italian serenade

    Ensemble: Amphion Quartet.
    • NIMBUS.
  • Sebastián de Vivanco

    Assumpsit Jesus Petrum

    Choir: De Profundis. Conductor: Robert Hollingworth.
    • Hyperion.
  • Max Bruch

    Adagio appassionato in F minor, Op.57

    Performer: Jack Liebeck. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Hyperion.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Sabre Dance (Gayane)

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Tchaikovsky 1812 - Borodin - Glinka - And More - Kirov Orchestra - Gergiev.
    • Phillips.
    • 2.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante

    Performer: Jan Lisiecki. Orchestra: NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. Conductor: Krzysztof Urbański.
    • DG.
  • Luciano Berio

    Ritirata notturna di Madrid (after Boccherini)

    Orchestra: Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Berio: Orchestral transcriptions: Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Guiseppe Verdi.
    • Decca.
    • 3.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Daphnis et Chloé Suite no.2 (Lever du jour)

    Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • Yannick Nezet-Seguin Ravel Rotterdam Phiharmonic Orchestra.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 1.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Adelaide, Op. 46 (arr. for voice & guitar K. Ragossnig)

    Performer: Konrad Ragossnig. Music Arranger: Konrad Ragossnig. Singer: Peter Schreier.
  • Time Traveller: July

    Duration: 02:21

  • Jennifer Higdon

    Pale Yellow (Piano Trio)

    Performer: Anne Akiko Meyers. Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Performer: Adam Neiman.
    • NAXOS.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony no. 6 (Op.74) in B minor "Pathetique", 3rd mvt; Allegro molto vivace

    Conductor: Semyon Bychkov. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic.
    • DECCA.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Ritual Fire Dance (El amor brujo)

    Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Eduardo Mata.
    • Music of Manuel De Falla: Simon Bolivar Symophony Orchestra, Mata, Senn.
    • Dorian.
    • 1.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Otello (Act 3: Ballet Music)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Matt Haig on Edward Hopper's Nighthawk

    Duration: 04:13

  • Aaron Copland

    Quiet City

    Performer: John Wallace. Performer: Paul Arden-Taylor. Orchestra: English Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: William Boughton.
    • Copland Orchestral Works,.
    • Nimbus.
    • 5.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita No 4 in D major for keyboard, BWV 828 (Allemande)

    Performer: Richard Goode.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Flute Concerto in G major

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Orchestra: Kammerorchester Basel. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • WARNER.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    The Gallant Weaver for unaccompanied chorus

    Choir: Gabrieli Consort. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Violin Sonata No 2 in A major, Op 100 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Anne‐Sophie Mutter. Performer: Lambert Orkis.
    • Brahms; Violin Sonatas; Anne-Sohie Mutter; Lambert Orkis.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 1.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Le corsaire

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Chandos.
  • William Walton

    5 Bagatelles - No.5 - Con slancio

    Performer: Sean Shibe.
    • Delphian.


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