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Tuesday with Ian Skelly - Stephen Mangan, Hans Christian Andersen, Mozart Sonata in C K545

Ian Skelly with the best in classical music, plus this week's guest, the actor Stephen Mangan.

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music.

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. This morning's starter is one of the best known of all piano sonatas - Mozart's so-called "easy" sonata in C, K545. Other musical highlights today include a new recording of Rachmaninov's characterful Symphonic Dances conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Arnold Bax's swashbuckling symphonic poem inspired by Tintagel castle in Cornwall.

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. Kate Romano on Hans Christian Andersen's paper cuts.

1050 This week Ian’s guest is the actor Stephen Mangan, best known for his roles in “Green Wing”, “I’m Alan Partridge” and “Episodes”, and recently BBC television’s “The Split”. He 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 to the music of Fanny Mendelssohn.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance in C major, Op 72 No 7

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Dvorak: Complete Slavonic Dances: Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
    • 15.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Serse, HWV 40; Act 1 – ‘Ombra mai fu’

    Performer: Andreas Scholl. Performer: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Performer: Sir Roger Norrington.
    • DECCA.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Fantaisie-impromptu in C sharp minor, Op 66

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Chopin: The Solo Piano Works: Ashkenazy.
    • London.
    • 30.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: I. Non allegro

    Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 - Symphonic Dances.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 201.
  • John Dowland

    The Earl of Essex his Galliard

    Ensemble: The Extempore String Ensemble.
    • Consort Music of the English Reneaissance.
    • Meridian.
    • 011.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata No 16 in C major, K 545

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Dance of the Tumblers (The Snow Maiden)

    Orchestra: Seattle Symphony. Conductor: Gerard Schwarz.
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: Orchestral Suites.
    • Naxos.
    • 4.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Trio Sonata No 5, BWV 529 arr for chamber ensemble

    Music Arranger: Richard Stone. Ensemble: Tempesta di Mare.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Percy Grainger

    Irish Tune from County Derry for wind band

    Orchestra: London Wind Orchestra. Conductor: Denis Wick.
    • Hi Fi Special - Various Artists.
    • ASV.
    • 11.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No 3 in D major, D 200 (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Pablo Heras‐Casado.
    • Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 4.
  • Time Traveller: Hans Christian Andersen's Paper Cuts by Kate Romano

    Duration: 02:40

  • Edward Elgar

    Cockaigne Overture "In Old London Town" Op. 40

    Performer: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • BIS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in G major, Op 49 No 2

    Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Opp.26, 27 & 49.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 19.
  • Béla Bartók

    Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 for piano

    Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
    • Bartok: Cedric Tiberghien.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1-6.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Trio sonata in E flat major Op.2`11

    Ensemble: Avison Ensemble. Director: Pavlo Beznosiuk.
    • Arcangelo Corelli Opus 2 and 4: Chamber Sonatas.
    • Linn.
    • 38-40.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Stephen Mangan on his love of the Danish dark comedy film "Festen"

    Duration: 05:19

  • Niels Wilhelm Gade

    Wedding waltz (from A Folk Tale)

    Orchestra: Danish National Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Harry Damgaard.
    • CPO.
  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Il dolce suono (Lucia di Lammermoor)

    Singer: Diana Damrau. Orchestra: Munich Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Jesús López Cobos.
    • ERATO.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Valse-caprice in A flat major, Op 76, 'Wedding Cake'

    Performer: Stephen Hough. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • Hyperion.
  • Henry Purcell

    King Arthur - Suite

    Performer: Alison Balsom. Music Arranger: Alison Balsom. Orchestra: The English Concert. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
    • EMI.
  • Fanny Hensel

    Piano Trio in D minor, Op 11 (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Clementi Trio.
    • Largo.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    The Age of Gold, Op. 22 (Introduction)

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • DG.
  • Arnold Bax


    Conductor: Vernon Handley. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
    • Bax: The Symphonies: BBC Philharmonic/Handley.
    • Chandos.
    • 2.


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