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Tuesday with Ian Skelly - Victorian humour, Wagner, Sakari Oramo

Ian Skelly with the best in classical music, plus this week's guest, conductor Sakari Oramo

Ian Skelly with Essential Classics - the best in classical music, including a folk-inspired quartet by EJ Moeran, Elgar's entrancing Serenade for Strings and a brilliant triumphal march from Berlioz's last symphonic work, his Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale.

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist to sit alongside Wagner's Tannhauser Overture.

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. Bob Nicholson on Victorian humour and Professor Anderson's 'Great Conundrum Night'.

1050 This week Ian’s guest is Sakari Oramo, the Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. He talks about some of the places, people and ideas 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

  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Trio in A Major, Hob. XV:18: I. Allegro moderato

    Ensemble: Trio Wanderer.
    • Haydn: Piano Trios, HOB. XV:14, 18, 21, 26 & 31.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 4.
  • Michel Pignolet de Montéclair

    Pan et Syrinx - cantata for voice and bc: no.7; La Deesse nous apelle [air]

    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Ensemble: London Baroque.
    • BIS.
  • Mieczysław Weinberg

    Serenade, Op. 47 No. 4: II. Allegro molto

    Orchestra: Siberian State Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Lande.
    • Weinberg: Symphony No. 13 & Serenade.
    • Naxos.
    • 2.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Double Concerto In A Minor Op.102 For Violin, Cello And Orchestra - 2nd mvt

    Performer: Joshua Bell. Performer: Steven Isserlis. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
    • Sony : 88985321792.
    • Sony.
    • 2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata no. 214 BWV.214 (Tonet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten!): Kron' und P

    Singer: Benjamin Appl. Orchestra: Concerto Köln.
    • Sony.
  • Richard Wagner

    Tannhauser: Overture

    Orchestra: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • EMI.
  • Amy Beach


    Performer: Judith Herbert. Performer: Diana Ambache.
    • Beach: Violin Sonata Etc. - Ambache.
    • Chandos.
    • 7.
  • Josef Myslivecek

    Sinfonia in C major

    Orchestra: Concerto Köln. Director: Werner Ehrhardt.
    • Il Divino Boemo.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 016.
  • Max Richter


    Performer: Hilary Hahn. Performer: Cory Smythe.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Time Traveller: Prof Anderson's Conundrum Night by Bob Nicholson

    Duration: 02:09

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    A Musical Joke, K.522: IV. Presto

    Performer: Gerd Seifert. Performer: Manfred Klier. Performer: Rainer Zepperitz. Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet.
    • DG.
  • Dmitri Kabalevsky

    Colas Breugnon (Overture)

    Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • Russian Overtures: Russian National Orchestra, Pletnev.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 5.
  • William Byrd

    Bow thine Ear, O Lord

    Music Arranger: Nico Muhly. Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
    • Seeing is believing.
    • Decca Music Group.
    • 006.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op 16c (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Emanuel Ax. Performer: Isaac Stern. Performer: Jaime Laredo. Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma.
    • Sony.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No 5 in E flat major, Op 82 (3rd mvt)

    Conductor: Leif Segerstam. Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret.
    • Sibelius: Symphony no.5&7: Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Segerstam.
    • Chandos.
    • 3.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Impromptu in G flat major, Op 51

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Chopin: Murray Perahia plays Chopin.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 5.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Sakari Oramo on the Citroen DS

    Duration: 03:44

  • Carl Nielsen

    Symphony No 2, Op 16 (The Four Temperaments) - 4th mvt

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.
    • Nielsen: Complete Symphonies.
    • Chandos.
    • 8.
  • Edward Elgar

    Serenade in E minor Op.20 for string orchestra

    Ensemble: I Tempi. Conductor: Gevorg Gharabekyan.
    • GENUIN.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    Symphony No 5 in B flat major, Op 55 (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Tadaaki Otaka.
    • Glazunov: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7.
    • BIS.
    • 2.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Trio in B flat major, D 471

    Ensemble: Trio Zimmermann.
    • Trio Zimmermann plays Mozart’s Divertimento.
    • BIS.
    • 7.
  • Jacobus Clemens non Papa

    Ego flos campi

    Choir: Stile Antico.
  • Claude Debussy

    Sonata for flute, viola and harp (Finale)

    Performer: Wolfgang Schulz. Performer: Wolfram Christ. Performer: Margit-Anna Süß. Ensemble: Ensemble Wien-Berlin.
    • Ravel/Debussy: Sonata/Pavane/Chansons de Bilitis: Ensemble Wien-Berlin/Deneuve.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Czech dances - set 2 for piano: no.11; Lancers [Hulan]

    Performer: Garrick Ohlsson.
    • Hyperion.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie funebre et triomphale Op.15 - 3rd mvt: Apotheose

    Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • Philips.


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Time Travellers: the podcast

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The Essential Classics Playlist

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