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Wednesday with Ian Skelly - Marcus du Sautoy, Skempton's Well, well Cornelius, Macbeth's Weird Sisters

Refresh your morning with a great selection of classical music, presented by Ian Skelly. Ian's guest this week is Marcus du Sautoy.

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 history.

1050 Cultural inspirations from mathematician, writer and presenter Marcus du Sautoy.

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

3 hours

Music Played

  • Joaquín Rodrigo

    Fandango (Soleriana)

    Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias. Conductor: Maximiano Valdés.
    • NAXOS.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Asturias (Suite española)

    Performer: John Williams.
  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

    Scherzino, Op. 82 No. 2

    Performer: Enrico Dindo. Performer: Alessandro Marangoni.
    • Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Works for Cello & Piano.
    • Naxos.
    • 601.
  • Franz Liszt

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

    Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • Liszt - The Collection.
    • Decca.
    • 2.
  • Howard Skempton

    Well, well Cornelius

    Performer: John Tilbury.
    • Howard Skempton: Well, well, Cornelius: Tilbury.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 1.
  • César Franck

    Les Éolides

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Luigi Boccherini

    Flute Quintet in D Major, Op. 17 No. 1, G. 419: I. Allegro assai

    Performer: Alexandre Magnin. Ensemble: Janáček Quartet.
    • Flute Favourites.
    • Naxos.
    • 701.
  • Sir George Dyson

    The Poor Parson (The Canterbury Pilgrims)

    Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Dyson: The Canterbury Pilgrims / In Honour of the City.
    • Chandos.
    • 5.
  • Antonio Valente

    Gagliarda napolitana

    Performer: Daniel Hope. Performer: Lorenza Borrani. Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 18.
  • Howard Skempton

    Well, well Cornelius

    Performer: John Tilbury.
    • Howard Skempton: Well, well, Cornelius: Tilbury.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 1.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Valse (Suite No 2 in C major, Op 53)

    Conductor: Antal Doráti. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • Tchaikovsky: 4 Suites for Orchestra: New Philharmonia/Dorati.
    • Decca.
    • 8.
  • György Ligeti

    Lux Aeterna

    Choir: London Voices.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Time Traveller: Macbeth's Weird Sisters by Kylie Murray

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Macbeth - Che faceste? dite su! (Witches' Chorus)(Act I)

    Orchestra: Chorus of Welsh National Opera. Conductor: Richard Armstrong.
    • Verdi Choruses.
    • EMI.
    • 006.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op 3 No 5

    Orchestra: Combattimento. Director: Jan Willem de Vriend.
  • William Byrd

    Ye sacred muses

    Singer: Robin Blaze. Ensemble: Concordia.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Chandos.
  • Franz Schubert

    6 Deutsche [German dances] D.820

    Music Arranger: Anton Webern. Ensemble: Lucerne Festival Strings. Conductor: Achim Fiedler.
    • OEHMS.
  • Marcus du Sautoy on artist Gerhard Richter

  • Steve Reich

    New York Counterpoint (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Roland Diry.
    • RCA.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 22

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: James Judd.
    • DECCA.
  • Henry Purcell

    Rejoice in the Lord alway, Z 49, 'Bell Anthem'

    Singer: Iestyn Davies. Singer: James Gilchrist. Singer: Neal Davies. Choir: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. Orchestra: St John's Sinfonia. Director: Andrew Nethsingha.
    • My Beloved Spake: Anthems by Purcell and Humfrey.
    • Chandos.
    • 10.
  • Alice Mary Smith

    Andante for clarinet and orchestra

    Performer: Angela Malsbury. Ensemble: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Howard Shelley.
    • Chandos.
  • Edward Bairstow

    Prelude in C major

    Performer: Francis Jackson.
    • Bairstow: Organ works: Francis Jackson.
    • Mirabilis.
    • 1.
  • Percy Grainger

    Ye banks and braes of bonny doon

    Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • Hyperion.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No 41 in C major, K 551, 'Jupiter' (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Conductor: Frans Brüggen.
    • DECCA.


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Time Travellers: the podcast

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