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Thursday with Ian Skelly - Lapboard ladies, Elgar's Falstaff, Stephen Mangan

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.

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 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

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Valse nonchalante

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
    • Erato.
  • Aaron Copland

    El salón México

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • DG.
  • Richard Strauss

    Serenade in E flat for 13 wind instruments, Op 7

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Director: Alexei Ogrintchouk.
    • BIS.
  • Edward Elgar

    Falstaff, Op 68

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • British Composers: Enigma Variations / Grania and Diarmid / Falstaff.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 18-23.
  • Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev


    Performer: Lang Lang.
    • Telarc.
  • Clara Schumann

    Piano Trio in G minor, Op 17 (3rd mvt)

    Ensemble: Storioni Trio.
    • Ars Produktion.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in D minor for 2 violins and organ, RV 565

    Performer: Georg Kallweit. Performer: Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir. Performer: Jean‐Guihen Queyras. Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin. Director: Georg Kallweit.
  • Time Traveller: Lap Board Ladies by Naomi Paxton

    Duration: 02:13

  • Samuel Barber

    Knoxville: Summer of 1915

    Singer: Karina Gauvin. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • NAXOS.
  • Richard Strauss

    Don Quixote:Finale

    Performer: John Sharp. Performer: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Warner.
    • 0927496142.
    • 11.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Iberia Book 3 (El Polo)

    Performer: Alicia de Larrocha.
    • Albeniz: Iberia; Navarra; Suite Espanola - Larrocha.
    • Decca.
    • 8.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Stephen Mangan on

    Duration: 04:29

  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Concerto in G major (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • Debussy/Ravel: Works For Piano And Orchestra.
    • chandos.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet in B flat major, D 68

    Ensemble: Quatuor Sine Nomine.
  • Pietro Gnocchi

    Concerto no. 1 in G major

    Orchestra: Main Baroque Orchestra Frankfurt. Conductor: Martin Jopp.
    • Aeolus.
  • Frank Martin

    Pavane couleur du temps vers. for orchestra

    Orchestra: Camerata Zurich. Conductor: Marc Kissoczy.
    • Guild.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade no.4 in F minor, Op. 52

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    The Thieving Magpie (Overture)

    Orchestra: Filarmonica della Scala. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Rossini: 10 Overtures - Chailly.
    • Decca.
    • 10.


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