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Monday - Rob Cowan with John Craven

With Sarah Walker. Including performances by Jussi Bjorling; Music in Time: John Cage: Suite for Toy Piano; CD Review recommendation: Nielsen: Symphony No 6 (Sinfonia semplice).

9am
As part of Radio 3's Northern Lights season Rob has chosen a singer who was known as the 'Swedish Caruso", Jussi Björling. Rob serves up a feast of songs including works by Verdi, Beethoven, Puccini and Grieg. Along the way he showcases Björling's versatility, his dramatic sensibility and his deep connection with Scandinavia.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

10am
Rob's guest is the original Newsround anchor and Countryfile veteran John Craven. John is remembered by generations of children for his afternoon news bulletins and jazzy jumpers, and nowadays brings his unique brand of welly-wearing journalism to an audience of millions as he chronicles modern rural life in Countryfile. John will be sharing some of his favourite classical music, including wintery scenes from Sibelius and Vivaldi, a very merry rendition of O Come all ye Faithful courtesy of the American tenor and Hollywood star Mario Lanza, and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto.

10.30am
Rob places Music in Time. He shares a Modern work - John Cage's simple and humorous Suite for Toy Piano.

11am
Rob features the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review

Nielsen
Symphony No. 6 'Sinfonia semplice'.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Canon at the Octave (Canonic Variations on 'Vom Himmel hoch’, BWV769a)

    Performer: Robert Quinney.
    • CORO.
  • Wilhelm Peterson‐Berger

    Flowers of Froso, Suite No.1: Congratulation

    Orchestra: Norrköpings Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Michail Jurowski.
    • CPO.
  • Trad.

    Ett barn ar fott pa denna dag (A child is born on this day)

    Music Arranger: Thorsen, Bert. Choir: Gothenburg Boys Choir. Conductor: Fredrik Sixten.
    • NAXOS.
  • Trad

    O du Saliga

    Singer: Olle Persson. Choir: Gothenburg Boys Choir. Director: Fredrik Sixten.
    • Naxos.
  • Vítezslav Novák

    Song of a Christmas Night (Songs of Winter Nights)

    Performer: Marián Lapšanský.
    • SUPRAPHON.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...JUSSI BJÖRLING

    • Giacomo Puccini

      ‘Nessun dorma’ (Turandot, Act III)

      Singer: Jussi Björling. Orchestra: Orchestra. Conductor: Nils Grevillius.
      • LEBENDIGE VERGANGENHEIT.
  • Armas Järnefelt

    Praeludium

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
    • EMI.
  • anon.

    Sweet was the song the Virgin sung

    Singer: Susan Hamilton.
    • RICERCAR.
  • Johann Baptist Vanhal

    Cello Concerto in C

    Performer: Istvan Vardai. Ensemble: Camerata Schweiz. Conductor: Howard Griffiths.
    • CPO.
  • Michael Praetorius

    In dulci jubilo (Christmas Mass)

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • ARCHIV.
  • JOHN CRAVEN'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Dance of the Knights (Romeo and Juliet)

      Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
      • DG.
  • JOHN CRAVEN'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Peter catches the Wolf (Peter and the Wolf)

      Narrator: Itzhak Perlman. Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
      • SONY.
  • JOHN CRAVEN'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      II. Adagio sostenuto (Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18)

      Performer: Gary Graffman. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
      • CBS.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: MODERN

    • John Cage

      Suite for Toy Piano

      Performer: Stephen Drury.
      • CATALYST.
  • Jacobus Clemens non Papa

    Carole magnus eras

    Choir: Nederlands Kamerkoor. Conductor: Paul Van Nevel.
    • NLNOS.
  • Harry Stewart Somers

    Suite for harp & chamber orchestra (mvts 1 & 2)

    Performer: Jennifer Swartz. Orchestra: National Arts Centre Orchestra. Conductor: Victor Feldbrill.
    • CANADIAN MUSIC CENTRE.
  • Trad.

    Still, still, still

    Music Arranger: Graham Ross. Choir: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Conductor: Graham Ross.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • NORDIC MASTERPIECE

    • Carl Nielsen

      Symphony No.6 'Sinfonia semplice'

      Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
      • DECCA.
  • Hubert Parry

    Welcome, yule!

    Author: Anonymous. Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Conductor: James OʼDonnell.
    • Adeste Fideles: Christmas music from Westminster Cathedral.
    • Hyperion.
    • 20.
  • Johann Friedrich Fasch

    Sonata in G major for flute, two recorders and continuo

    Ensemble: Collegium Marianum.
    • SUPRAPHON.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

M. Praetorius
Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
Graham Ross (conductor)
HARMONIA MUNDI

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