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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.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Nicola Porpora

    La gioia ch'io sento (Mitridate)

    Singer: Philippe Jaroussky. Singer: Cecilia Bartoli. Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra. Director: Andrea Marcon.
    • Philippe Jaroussky - Porpora Arias.
    • Erato.
    • 6.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Serenade in D minor, Op 44 (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Bläserensemble Sabine Meyer.
    • Dvorak/Myslivecek: Blaserserenaden: Blaserensemble Sabine Meyer.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 2.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Serenade for Strings in C major, Op 28 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Zagrebačka filharmonija. Conductor: Dmitri Georgievich Kitayenko.
    • Glazunov: The Seasons, Op. 67 - Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Op. 48.
    • Oehms Classics.
    • 18.
  • Tanya Ekanayaka

    July 2016/17 (12 Piano Prisms, No 1 in E flat major)

    Performer: Tanya Ekanayaka.
    • Tanya Ekanayaka: 12 Piano Prisms.
    • Grand Piano.
    • 1.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G major, BWV 1049

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Richard Egarr.
    • Bach Brandenburg Concertos.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 001.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    String Quintet No 2 in B flat major, Op 87 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Christian Tetzlaff. Performer: Isabelle Faust. Performer: Hartmut Rohde. Performer: Stefan Fehlandt. Performer: Gustav Rivinius.
    • Heimbach Chamber Music Festival - Brahms, Mendelssohn.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 006.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Der Gartner, Op.17 no .3

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Performer: Delyth Wynne. Performer: Anthony Halstead. Performer: Christian Rutherford. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Brahms: Choral Works.
    • Philips.
    • 21.
  • James P. Johnson

    Yamekraw - Rhapsody for piano & orchestra

    Performer: Gary Hammond. Music Arranger: William Grant Still. Orchestra: Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Rosenberg.
    • Jazz Nocturne.
    • Naxos.
    • 001.
  • Time Traveller: Student Life In Rome by John-Henry Clay

    Duration: 02:25

  • Ottorino Respighi

    Pini di Roma - symphonic poem: I Pini di Villa Borghese

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • EMI.
    • 3944292.
    • 5.
  • Plainchant

    Alma Redemptoris mater [Old Hall MS]

    Singer: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • EMI.
    • CDC7541112.
    • 19.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Per lui che adoro (L'Italiana in Algeri)

    Singer: Elīna Garanča. Singer: Rafael Harnisch. Singer: Dominik Licht. Singer: Matthias Beutlich. Choir: Chor der Staatsoper Dresden. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Fabio Luisi.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Leos Janáček

    Overture: Jealousy

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • Janacek: Taras Bulba/Fiddler's Child etc..
    • Chandos.
    • 5.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto 'con molti strumenti' in C major, RV 558

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Andrew Manze.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Piano Sonata No 6 in A major (4th mvt)

    Performer: Sofya Gulyak.
    • Sofya Gulyak - Piano.
    • Champs Hill.
    • 010.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Stephen Mangan on Adrian Mole

    Duration: 03:48

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Mass in C major, K 66 (Dominicus) - Agnus Dei

    Singer: Charlotte Margiono. Singer: Elisabeth von Magnus. Singer: Uwe Heilmann. Singer: Gilles Cachemaille. Choir: Arnold Schönberg Chor. Choir: Choral scholars from Wiener Hofburgkapelle. Orchestra: Concentus Musicus Vienna. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Dominicus Messe, Vesperae de Dominica.
    • Teldec.
    • 016.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Elegiac trio no. 1 in G minor

    Performer: Vadim Repin. Performer: Mischa Maisky. Performer: Lang Lang.
    • Tchaikovsky / Rachmaninov - Piano Trios.
    • 1.
  • Luigi Boccherini

    String Quintet No 11 in E major, G 275 (Minuet)

    Orchestra: Europa Galante.
    • Boccherini: String Quintets.
    • Virgin Veritas.
    • 13.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Bagatelles for 2 vlns, cello & harmonium (Op.47), no.4; Canon (Andante con moto)

    Ensemble: Takács Quartet.
    • Dvorak: String Quartets: Takacs Quartet.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Sunday Morning)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Britten: Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra; Bournemouth Symph, Hickox.
    • Chandos.
    • 35.
  • Eduard Tubin

    Violin Concerto No 1 in D major (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Mark Lubotsky. Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • BIS.
  • Andrea Falconiero

    Battaglia de Barabasso yerno de Satanas

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Conductor: Jordi Savall.
    • Alia Vox.
  • Clara Schumann

    Die stille Lotosblume, Op 13 No 6

    Performer: Eugene Asti. Singer: Stefan Loges.
    • Hyperion.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 82 in C major, H.1.82 (The Bear) (Finale - Vivace)

    Orchestra: Le Concert de la Loge. Conductor: Julien Chauvin.
    • Haydn: Symphony No. 82 "L'Ours".
    • Aparté.
    • 4.


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