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Friday with Ian Skelly - Matt Haig, Venice in London

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

  • Edward Elgar

    Bavarian Dance No 1

    Performer: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Performer: James Judd.
    • Elgar - Orchestral Minatures.
    • Naxos.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Laudate pueri

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Monteverdi: Messa a quattro voci - Vol I.
    • Coro.
    • 7.
  • Claude Debussy

    Préludes, Livre 1, L. 117: X. La Cathédrale engloutie

    Performer: מתן פורת.
    • LUX.
    • Mirare.
    • 103.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Clarinet Quintet in A major, K 581 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Marcia Crayford. Performer: David Ogden. Performer: Roger Chase. Performer: Christopher van Kampen. Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • Mozart, Brahms: Clarinet Quintets: Nash Ensemble.
    • CRD.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Bergamasca (Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No 2)

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Maurice Ravel


    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • EMI.
  • Caterina Assandra

    Haec dies

    Ensemble: La Villanella Basel.
    • O Dulcis Amor.
    • Ramee.
    • 3.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Study in E minor, Op 25 No 5

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Chopin: The Solo Piano Works: Ashkenazy.
    • London.
    • 17.
  • Franz Schubert

    Overture to Die Zauberharfe (The Magic Harp)

    Orchestra: L’Orfeo Barockorchester. Conductor: Michi Gaigg.
    • DHM.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon Septimi Toni A 8 (Ii)

    Ensemble: Royal Academy of Music. Ensemble: Juilliard School Brass. Conductor: Reinhold Friedrich.
    • Linn Records.
  • Georges Bizet

    Symphony No 1 in C major (3rd mvt)

    Conductor: Leonard Bernstein. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic.
    • CBS.
  • Time Traveller: Venice In London

    Duration: 02:41

  • Traditional Venetian

    La biondina in gondoleta

    Performer: Avi Avital. Performer: Ivano Zanenghi. Performer: Daniele Bovo. Performer: Lorenzo Feder. Performer: Fabio Tricomi. Singer: Juan Diego Flórez.
    • Avi Avital Vivaldi.
    • DG.
    • 17.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    Go from my window

    Ensemble: L’Achéron. Director: François Joubert-Caillet.
    • Orlando Gibbons: Fancies for the Viols.
    • Ricercar.
    • 18.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Op 28

    Performer: Janine Jansen. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
    • Janine Jansen.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Fantasia in C major H.17.4

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • WARNER.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Matt Haig on S.E.Hinton's "The Outsiders"

    Duration: 05:14

  • Aaron Copland

    Laurie's Song (The Tender Land)

    Librettist: Horace Everett. Singer: Dawn Upshaw. Orchestra: Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • Dawn Upshaw: The World So Wide.
    • Nonesuch.
    • 1.
  • Enrique Granados

    Andaluza (Danzas españolas Set 2)

    Performer: Miloš Karadaglić.
    • Milos - The Guitar.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 16.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in D major for 4 violins and cello, RV 549

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Ensemble: Brecon Baroque.
    • L'Estro Armonico.
    • 1-3.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Rhapsody No 1 in B minor, Op 79

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Brahms Handel Variations - Murray Perahia.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 2.
  • Benedetto Marcello

    Canon Triplex, 'In omnem terram exivit sonus eorum'

    Ensemble: VOCES8. Ensemble: Les Inventions.
    • Signum.
  • Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

    Symphony No 3, 'Sorrowful Songs' (2nd mvt)

    Singer: Dawn Upshaw. Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: David Zinman.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Nocturne (The Gadfly Suite, Op.97a)

    Performer: Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė‐Tyla.
    • DECCA promo.
  • Robert Schumann

    Fantasy Pieces, Op.73

    Performer: Martin Frost. Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
    • BIS.


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