Thursday - Rob Cowan with John Craven
With Sarah Walker. Including performances by Jussi Bjorling; Music in Time: Schubert: Die schone Mullerin; Nordic composers: Alfven: Swedish Rhapsody No 3 (Dalarapsodi).
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 challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery music-related place.
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 arch-Romantic Schubert incorporates an almost operatic narrative with just a singer and a piano in a selection of melodies from his song cycle Die schöne Müllerin.
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, Grieg, Kraus and Alfven.
Swedish Rhapsody No. 3 Op. 47 (Dalarapsodi)
Icelandic Symphony Orchestra
Petri Sakari (conductor).