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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with John Craven

With Sarah Walker. Including performances by Jussi Bjorling; Music in Time: John Blow: Chaconne in G; Nordic composers: Stenhammar: Symphony No 2.

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.

Take part in today's music-related challenge and identify the place associated with a work.

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.

Rob places Music in Time. The spotlight is on the Baroque with John Blow's Chaconne in G in which a repeated bass line gives the opportunity for the creation of colour and variety.

As part of Radio 3's Northern Lights season, Rob features recordings of major works by leading Nordic composers. Throughout the week Rob explores music from the frozen North, showcasing composers including Stenhammar, Kraus and Alfven.

Symphony No. 2
Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Stig Westerberg (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Selim Palmgren


    Choir: The Stockholm Academic Male Chorus. Conductor: Karin Oldrren.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise in C sharp minor, Op 26 No 1

    Performer: Ivan Moravec.
    • MMG.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    String Symphony No 2 in D major

    Ensemble: The Hanover Band. Conductor: Roy Goodman.
    • SONY.

    • Giacomo Puccini

      Che gelida manina (La bohème)

      Singer: Jussi Björling. Orchestra: San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Gaetano Merola.
      • WHRA.
  • anon.

    Edi be thu, Heven-Queene

    Choir: Ensemble Unicorn.
    • NAXOS.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Clarinet Concertino in E flat major, Op 26

    Performer: Maximiliano Martín. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Alexander Janiczek.
    • LINN.

    • Giacomo Puccini

      ‘O Soave Fanciulla’ (La Boheme)

      Singer: Renata Tebaldi. Singer: Carlo Bergonzi. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome. Conductor: Tullio Serafin.
      • DECCA.

    • Frederick Delius

      Brigg Fair

      Orchestra: Halle. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
      • HALLE.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: Baroque

    • John Blow

      Chaconne in G

      Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Conductor: Reinhard Goebel.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    12 Variations on 'Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman', K 265/300e

    Performer: Clara Haskil.
    • DG.
  • Sigfus Einarsson

    Fjallkonan (The Mountain Lady)

    Choir: Kór Langholtskirkju. Conductor: Jón Stefánsson.
    • BIS.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Depature; Snow outside the window; Waltz on the ice (Winter Bonfire, Op.122)

    Orchestra: The New London Orchestra. Conductor: Ronald Corp.

    • Wilhelm Stenhammar

      Symphony No.2 in G minor Op.34

      Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Stig Westerberg.
      • CAPRICE.
  • Josef Antonin Sehling

    Motetto per la Nativita di Nostro Signore ‘Deponite metum’

    Singer: Hana Blažíková. Singer: Marketa Cukrova. Singer: Marta Fadljevicova. Singer: Vaclav Cizek. Singer: Tomas Kral. Singer: Jaromir Nosek. Ensemble: Collegium Marianum. Director: Jana Semerádová.

Mapping the Music

Answer: Dresden

The music played:

Concerto in G major, Seibel 215 (Dresden Concerti)
Musica Antiqua Koln
Reinhard Goebel (conductor)


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