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Monday with Ian Skelly - Bach, Gyles Brandreth, WW1 Toys

Ian Skelly with the best in classical music, plus this week's guest, Gyles Brandreth.

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.
0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today's starter is the chorus Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring from Bach's Cantata No 147.
1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. Naomi Paxton investigates the World War I boom in military-themed children's toys.
1050 This week Ian's guest is the writer, broadcaster, and former MP, Gyles Brandreth, who talks about some of the things that have inspired him throughout his life and career.
1130 Slow Moment - time to take a break for a moment's contemplation, today with music for piano and two harps by Paul Hindemith.
Other music on today's programme includes a string quartet by Haydn, a Concerto Grosso by Handel, and the beguiling Adagio from Dvorak's Piano Concerto in G minor.

3 hours

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Time Travellers: the podcast

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The Essential Classics Playlist

The Essential Classics Playlist

Refresh your day with a great selection of classical music, picked by listeners.