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Wednesday with Ian Skelly - Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 4, Stephen Mangan, Student life in Rome

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

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

0915 Ian's pick of the new releases, including music by Tchaikovsky

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today's starter is Bach's 4th Brandenburg Concerto.

1010 Time Traveller - John Henry Clay with a quirky slice of cultural history, charting the tale of a disaffected university tutor from Ancient Rome.

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 with music by Eduard Tubin.

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The Essential Classics Playlist

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