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Wednesday with Ian Skelly - Flower Waltz, Tudor Yoga, 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

  • George Gershwin

    Three Preludes

    Performer: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • CBS.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Horn Concerto in D major, H 7d 3 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Johannes Hinterholzer. Orchestra: Il Pomo d’Oro. Conductor: Riccardo Minasi.
    • Haydn Concertos.
    • Erato.
    • 6.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Rondino, Op 81 No 2

    Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen. Performer: Huw Watkins.
    • Signum.
  • Luciano Berio

    Rendering, after Schubert Symphony No 10 (1st mvt)

    Composer: Franz Schubert. Orchestra: Soloists Européens Luxembourg. Conductor: Christoph König.
    • Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944 "Great" - Berio: "Rendering" after.
    • Rubicon Classics.
    • 1.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet No 14 in D minor, D 810, 'Death and the Maiden' (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Minetti Quartet.
    • Mendelssohn & Schubert: String Quartets.
    • haenssler CLASSIC.
    • 3.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Waltz of the Flowers (The Nutcracker)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker: Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattle.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 9.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in C minor, Op 48 No 1

    Performer: Pascal Rogé.
    • Poetes du Piano.
    • Onyx.
    • 002.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Les Indes galantes Suite

    Orchestra: Concert Des Nations. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • Le Concert Spirituel - Au Temps de Louis XV: Le Concert Des Nations, Jordi Saval.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 25-31.
  • Ernest Bloch

    Concerto Grosso (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Seattle Symphony. Conductor: Gerard Schwarz.
    • America / Concerto Grosso.
    • Delos.
    • 006.
  • Clara Schumann

    Piano Trio in G minor, Op 17 - 2nd movement, Scherzo - tempo di menuetto

    Ensemble: Storioni Trio.
    • Ars Produktion.
  • Time Traveller: Tudor Yoga

    Duration: 01:54

  • William Byrd

    Emendemus in melius for 5 voices

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • The Deer's Cry.
    • CORO.
    • 4.
  • Adolphus Hailstork

    An American Port of Call

    Orchestra: Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Adolphus Hailstork: An American Port of Call.
    • Naxos.
    • 8.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 74, 'Pathétique' (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony no.6, Romoe & Juliet Overture: Kirov Orchestra, Gergiev.
    • Philips.
    • 002.
  • Eric Coates

    Bird Song at Eventide

    Performer: James Baillieu. Singer: Kathryn Rudge.
    • Champs Hill Records.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Sonata for clarinet or viola in F minor, Op 120, No 1 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Lawrence Power. Performer: Simon Crawford‐Phillips.
    • Brahms: Violin Sonatas Op.120, Power/Crawford-Phillips/Hugh.
    • Hyperion.
    • 4.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Matt Haig on the writing of Italo Calvino

    Duration: 04:32

  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    In Ecclesiis

    Ensemble: Taverner Consort. Ensemble: Taverner Players. Director: Andrew Parrott.
    • Venetian Church Music.
    • EMI.
    • 2.
  • Francisco Tárrega

    Recuerdos de la Alhambra

    Performer: Ning Feng. Music Arranger: Ruggiero Ricci.
    • CHANNEL CLASSICS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita in F major transc. for lute, BWV 1006 (Prelude)

    Performer: John Williams.
    • Sony.
  • César Franck

    Le chasseur maudit

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Muti.
    • Franck: Symphony in D Minor: Muti.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Jules Massenet

    Under the lindens (from Alsatian scenes - suite No 7 for orchestra)

    Orchestra: Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Massenet - Scenes Alsaciennes, Scenes Pittoresques, Don Quichotte.
    • Erato.
    • 003.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Duetto in D major for cello and double-bass (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Lowri Blake. Performer: Peter Buckoke.
    • Three for the Price of Two.
    • Etcetera.
    • 12.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in D minor, BWV 851

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • ECM.
  • Aaron Copland

    Symphony No 1 (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • Copland: Dance Symphony.
    • Naxos.
    • 002.

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