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Thursday with Ian Skelly - Physiognomical beards, Matt Haig, Rimsky-Korsakov

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. Today' s programme includes music from Amanda Harberg's Viola Concerto, Schumann's "Overture, Scherzo and Finale" and Prokofiev's "Overture on Hebrew Themes".
0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today we're looking for something to complement Rimsky-Korsakov's grand "Procession of the Nobles".
1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. Alun Withey on the problem the Victorian art of physiognomy had with beards...
1050 This week Ian's guest is the novelist Matt Haig, who talks about the books, places, culture and art that have inspired him. Today he talks about his love of California.

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

  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 96 in D major, 'Miracle' (1st mvt)

    Conductor: Colin Davis. Orchestra: Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra.
    • Haydn: The London Symphonies: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Davis.
    • Philips.
    • 1.
  • York Bowen

    The Way to Polden

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Stephen Hough's English Piano Album.
    • Hyperion.
    • 15.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Trio Sonata in G Minor, RV 85 (Arr. for Mandolin, Violin, Cello & Lute): I. Anda

    Performer: Anna Torge. Performer: Michael Freimuth. Performer: Mayumi Hirasaki. Performer: Johannes Loescher.
    • Mandolino e violino in Italia.
    • CPO.
    • 201.
  • Georges Bizet

    Jeux d'enfants (Petite Suite) for orchestra

    Orchestra: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Rossini-Respighi: La Boutique Fantasque - Davis.
    • CBS.
    • 13.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Procession of the Nobles (Mlada)

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture and Suites from the Operas: SNO/Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
    • 10.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Quartet in G major K.387 for strings: 4th movement; Molto allegro

    Ensemble: Casals Quartet.
    • String Quartets Dedicated To Joseph Haydn.
    • 4.
  • Amanda Harberg

    Viola Concerto: II. Aria

    Performer: Brett Deubner. Orchestra: Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Linus Lerner.
    • Amanda Harberg: Viola Concerto & Elegy - Max Wolpert: Viola Concerto No. 1.
    • Naxos.
    • 102.
  • Anonymous

    Galliard; Lullaby 'My little sweet darling'; Dance

    Singer: Montserrat Figueras. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Overture on Hebrew Themes

    Ensemble: Berlin Soloists.
    • Prokofiev: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition Vol. 4 - Instrumental & Chamber.
    • Warner.
  • Time Traveller: Physiognomical Beards

    Duration: 02:35

  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op 117 No 2

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • A Portrait: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 6.
  • Frank Bridge


    Orchestra: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: James Judd.
    • Naxos.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Procession of the Nobles (Mlada)

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture and Suites from the Operas: SNO/Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
    • 10.
  • Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov

    Procession of the Sardar (Caucasian Sketches, Op 10)

    Conductor: David Zinman. Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
    • Telarc.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    Loudly let The Trumpet Bray - Iolanthe

    Librettist: W. S. Gilbert. Choir: Sadler’s Wells Opera Chorus. Orchestra: Sadler’s Wells Opera Orchestra. Ensemble: Band of the Irish Guards. Conductor: Alexander Faris.
    • Gilbert & Sullivan The Mikado - Iolanthe Highlights.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 211.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Sinfonia in G minor

    Ensemble: La Serenissima. Director: Adrian Chandler.
    • Venice by Night.
    • Avie.
    • 5-7.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Matt Haig on California

    Duration: 03:53

  • Esa‐Pekka Salonen

    LA Variations (excerpt)

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
  • Robert Schumann

    Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op 52

    Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden.
    • Schumann: Das Paradies und die Peri:.
    • Brilliant Classics.
    • 10.
  • Eriks Esenvalds


    Choir: VOCES8.
    • Lux.
    • Decca.
    • 7.
  • Henri Vieuxtemps

    Violin Concerto No 4 in D minor, Op 31 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Hilary Hahn. Orchestra: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Graeme Koehne

    The Persistence of Memory

    Performer: David Nuttall. Orchestra: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Mills.
    • ABC.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Schottische (Suite populaire bresilienne)

    Performer: Craig Ogden.
    • Tango Nuevo: Craig Ogden.
    • Chandos.
    • 2.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Polka (Czech Suite, Op 39)

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Libor Pešek.
    • Dvorak: Czech Suite, Op. 39: Libor Pesek.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Concerto for 2 Pianos in E Major, MWV O5: III. Allegro

    Ensemble: Piano Duo Genova & Dimitrov. Orchestra: Münchner Rundfunkorchester. Conductor: Ulf Schirmer.
    • Mendelssohn: Concertos for 2 Pianos.
    • CPO.
    • 103.


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