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Wednesday with Ian Skelly - Jessie Burton, Halloween foods, Wagner's Flying Dutchman overture

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music for Halloween, presented by Ian Skelly. Ian's guest is novelist Jessie Burton.

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

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. Today, for Halloween, a spooky operatic classic: the overture to Wagner's Flying Dutchman - a ghostly ship doomed to haunt the high seas. Other devilish music today includes Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No.1, but it's not all goblins and witches - there's Mozart's vibrant Piano Concerto No.14 and Rachmaninov's romantic Cello Sonata too.

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough on Halloween Food.

1050 Ian’s guest this week is the novelist Jessie Burton (“The Miniaturist”, “The Muse”) who reveals the people, places and ideas that have inspired her throughout her life and career.

1130 Slow Moment - time to take a break for a moment's musical reflection to Rautavaara's Flute Concerto "Dances with the Winds"

3 hours

Music Played

  • Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov

    Baba-Yaga, Op 56

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Tchaikovsky 1812 - Borodin - Glinka - And More - Kirov Orchestra - Gergiev.
    • Phillips.
    • 6.
  • William Walton

    The Wise Virgins: Sheep may safely graze

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Louis Frémaux.
    • WARNER.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Sonata in D Major, K. 306: III. Allegretto

    Performer: Isabelle Faust. Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
    • Mozart: Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 103.
  • Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

    Totus Tuus

    Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
  • Richard Wagner

    The Flying Dutchman (Overture)

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Naive.
  • Fanny Mendelssohn

    Allegro assai in A flat major (Six Melodies)

    Performer: Béatrice Rauchs.
    • BIS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto grosso in G major Op.3`3

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Richard Egarr.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Cello Sonata in G minor (4th mvt)

    Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma. Performer: Emanuel Ax.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dance No 1 in G minor

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • DECCA.
  • Time Traveller: Halloween Food by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

  • Aaron Copland

    Morning on the Ranch (The Red Pony)

    Orchestra: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Copland: Four dances from Rodeo: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/Falletta.
    • Naxos.
    • 7.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1, "Ghost" (2nd mvt) II. Largo assai ed espressivo

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Renaud Capuçon. Performer: Mischa Maisky.
    • Martha Argerich - Chamber.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 208.
  • Heinrich Marschner

    Der Vampyr: Overture

    Orchestra: WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln. Conductor: Helmuth Froschauer.
  • Carl Tausig

    The Ghost Ship, Op 1b

    Performer: Michael Lewin.
    • Piano Phantoms.
    • Sono Luminus.
    • 004.
  • Jessie Burton on her passion for the works of Hilaire Belloc

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No 14 in E flat major, K 449

    Performer: Maria João Pires. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Jules Massenet

    March of the Princesses (Cendrillon Suite)

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Brilliant Classics.
  • Richard Strauss

    Neapolitanisches Volksleben (Aus Italien Op.16)

    Conductor: Neeme Järvi. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
    • Richard Strauss: Aus Italien, Four Songs: Jarvi.
    • Chandos.
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Flute Concerto "Dances with the Winds" (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Dmitri Slobodeniouk.
    • Khachaturian & Rautavaara: Flute Concertos.
    • BIS.
    • 303.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in E flat major, D 899 No 2

    Performer: Imogen Cooper.
    • Schubert: Live: Imogen Cooper.
    • Avie.
    • 2.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    When the night wind howls (Ruddigore)

    Librettist: W. S. Gilbert. Singer: Bryn Terfel. Choir: Radiokören. Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Paul Daniel.
    • Bryn Terfel: Bad Boys; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 8.
  • Franz Liszt

    Mephisto Waltz No.1 'The Dance in the Village Inn'

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • PHILIPS.


Time Travellers: the podcast

Time Travellers: the podcast

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The Essential Classics Playlist

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