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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).

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Symphony (Saul, Act I Scene II, HWV53)

    Ensemble: Concerto Köln. Conductor: René Jacobs.
  • Alessandro Stradella

    Sonata in D for trumpet and 8 viols

    Performer: Crispian Steele‐Perkins. Ensemble: The Parley of Instruments.

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Celeste Aida (Aida)

      Singer: Jussi Björling. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Jonel Perlea.
      • RCA.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Give me no splendour, gold or pomp (5 Christmas Songs, Op.1 No.4)

    Music Arranger: Magnus Ericsson. Ensemble: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra Strings. Conductor: Magnus Ericsson.
    • BIS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    The Creatures of Prometheus: No.5 (Adagio - Andante quasi Allegretto)

    Orchestra: Armonia Atenea. Conductor: George Petrou.
    • DECCA.
  • Cornelius

    Christus der Kindenfreund

    Performer: Irmgard Seefried. Performer: Erik Werba.
  • Peter Maxwell Davies

    One star, at last

    Choir: King's College Chapel Choir. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • EMI.
  • Judith Weir

    Arise! Arise!

    Performer: William Howard. Ensemble: The Schubert Ensemble.
    • NMC.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 17 in F major

    Orchestra: Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra. Conductor: Ádám Fischer.
    • NIMBUS.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Come, Thou Redeemer of the Earth

    Performer: English Brass Ensemble. Performer: Christopher Dearnley. Choir: Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral. Conductor: John Scott.
    • GUILD.

    • Jean Sibelius


      Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Horst Stein.
      • DECCA.

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Adagio for violin and orchestra, K.261

      Performer: David Oistrakh. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
      • EMI.
  • Ann Burgess

    Comes the Light

    Performer: Helen Neeves. Performer: Christopher Bowen. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Specially recorded in 2015 for the Radio 3 Carol Competition..

    • Franz Schubert

      Am Feierabend; Der Neugierige; Ungeduld (Die schone Mullerin)

      Performer: Geoffrey Parsons. Singer: Olaf Bär.
      • EMI.
  • Leroy Anderson

    It came upon a midnight clear; Wassail Song

    Orchestra: Boston Pops String Orchestra. Conductor: Arthur Fiedler.
  • Selim Palmgren

    Piano Sonata in D minor, Op.11

    Performer: Henri Sigfridsson.
    • ONDINE.

    • Hugo Alfvén

      Swedish Rhapsody No.3, Op.47

      Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Petri Sakari.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Michael Head

    The Little Road to Bethlehem

    Performer: Robert Dixon. Choir: The Chapel Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge. Conductor: Mark Williams.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Christmas Eve

    Orchestra: Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Kees Bakels.
    • BIS.
  • Peter Warlock

    The Sycamore Tree

    Ensemble: The Carice Singers. Performer: Rachel Haworth.

Mystery Place

Answer: St. Paul's Cathedral


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