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Monday with Ian Skelly - Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Mary Lucas's Concrete Boathouse, Simon Armitage

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Ian Skelly, with guest, the poet Simon Armitage.

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

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. This morning's starter is Mendelssohn's magical overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream. Other musical highlights today include a characterful performance of Haydn's String Quartet Op.33 No.6, and Tchaikovsky's sunny Capriccio italien.

1010 Time Traveller – a quirky slice of history. Kate Romano on Mary Lucas's Concrete Boathouse.

1050 Cultural inspirations from our guest of the week, the poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage

1130 Slow Moment - time to take a break for a moment's musical reflection

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    La réjouissance (Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351)

    Orchestra: London Classical Players. Director: Sir Roger Norrington.
    • Handel: Water & Fireworks Music: London Classical Players, Norrington.
    • Virgin Veritas.
    • 22.
  • Madeleine Dring

    Trio for flute, oboe & piano (2nd mvt, Andante semplice)

    Performer: Nancy Ruffer. Performer: John Anderson. Performer: Helen Crayford.
    • British Music for Flute, Oboe & Piano.
    • Dutton.
    • 004.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550: 4th mvt - Allegro assai

    Orchestra: NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Manze.
    • Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 40 & 41 (Live).
    • 104.
  • Jean Sibelius

    2 Serenades Op.69 for violin and orchestra: no.1 in D major

    Performer: Pekka Kuusisto. Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta.
    • Ondine.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Vespro della beata Vergine (1610): Lauda Jerusalem

    Ensemble: Dunedin Consort. Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts. Conductor: John Butt.
    • LINN.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsummer Night's Dream (Overture, Op 21)

    Conductor: John Nelson. Orchestra: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris.
    • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream; Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, John Nelso.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 1.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No 1 in G major, BWV 1007 (Allemande)

    Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma.
    • J. S. Bach, The Cello Suites: Yo-Yo Ma.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 2.
  • Claude Debussy

    Feux d'artifice (Preludes, Book 2)

    Orchestrator: Colin Matthews. Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Hallé.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in C minor, D 899 No 1

    Performer: Imogen Cooper.
    • Schubert, Live, Volume 3: Imogen Cooper.
    • Avie.
    • 1.
  • Percy Grainger

    Country Gardens

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Percy Grainger: In A Nutshell: Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Time Traveller: Mary Lucas andthe Concrete Boathouse by Kate Romano

  • Edmund Rubbra

    Symphony No 5 (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Chandos.
  • Mary Lucas


    Performer: Rudolf Dunbar. Performer: Mary Lucas.
    • Octacros.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Piano Concerto No 5 in F major, Op 103, 'Egyptian'

    Performer: Louis Schwizgebel. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Aparte : AP-112.
    • Aparte.
    • 4.
  • Johann Pachelbel

    Canon and gigue in D major

    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico.
    • TELDEC.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Oberon (Overture)

    Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington. Orchestra: London Classical Players.
    • Overtures: London Classical Players/Norrington.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Theme and Variations for piano from String Sextet, Op 18 No 1

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • Mozart/Liszt/Brahms/Mendelssohn: Theme and Variations: Brendel.
    • Philips.
    • 4.
  • Simon Armitage on his love of The Bourne Identity

  • John Powell

    Faces without Names (The Bourne Ultimatum)

    Conductor: Gavin Greenaway.
    • Decca.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in D major, Op 33 No 6

    Ensemble: Casals Quartet.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Le carnaval romain

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Chandos.
  • Nicola Porpora

    Alto giove (Polifemo)

    Performer: Jan Vogler. Orchestra: La Folia Barockorchester. Director: Robin Peter Müller.
    • Sony.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    Iolanthe (Overture)

    Librettist: William Gilbert. Conductor: John Pryce-Jones. Orchestra: D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra.
    • Gilbert and Sullivan Overtures: Various performers.
    • TER.
    • 4.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Capriccio italien, Op 45

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
    • Classic FM.


Time Travellers: the podcast

Time Travellers: the podcast

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough presents quirky tales gathered from the corners of history.