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Friday - Rob Cowan with John Craven

With Sarah Walker. Including performances by Jussi Bjorling; Music in Time: Mozart: Divertimento in E flat; Nordic composers: Grieg: Holberg Suite.

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 today's challenge. Two pieces of music are played together - can you work out what they are?

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 with Mozart's early Divertimento in E flat K166 - Classical wind music that would have formed the background for an aristocratic soirée.

11am
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.

Grieg
Holberg Suite
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Neville Marriner (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Vom himmel hoch (chorale)

    Performer: Stephen Farr. Ensemble: Dunedin Consort. Conductor: John Butt.
    • LINN.
  • Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani

    Sonata prima in C major

    Performer: Maurice André. Performer: Hedwig Bilgram.
    • DG.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...JUSSI BJÖRLING

    • Edvard Grieg

      A Dream

      Performer: Frederick Schauwecker. Singer: Jussi Björling.
      • RCA.
  • Franz Liszt

    Carillon (Christmas Tree Suite, S.186 No.6)

    Orchestrator: Gordon Jacob. Orchestra: RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.
    • NAXOS.
  • Franz Liszt

    Polish (Weihnachtsbaum)

    Orchestrator: Gordon Jacob. Orchestra: RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.
    • NAXOS.
  • Trad. French

    Away in a Manger

    Music Arranger: Reginald Jacques. Choir: The Choir Of Trinity College, Cambridge. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • HYPERION.
  • Hans Christian Lumbye

    Champagne Galop

    Orchestra: Sjællands Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Giordano Bellincampi.
    • NAXOS.
  • Francis Poulenc

    3 Novelettes (Nos. 1 & 2)

    Performer: Pascal Rogé.
    • DECCA.
  • Adolphe Adam

    Giselle Act II (excerpts)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DECCA.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Chinese Dance (The Nutcracker)

    Ensemble: The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.
    • DELOS.
  • Leroy Anderson

    Suite of Carols (arranged for brass)

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • NAXOS.
  • JOHN CRAVEN'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Winter (Four Seasons, Op.8 No.4)

      Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
      • DG.
  • JOHN CRAVEN'S CHOICE NO.2

    • John Francis Wade

      Adeste fideles (O come, all ye faithful)

      Singer: Mario Lanza. Orchestra: Orchestra. Choir: Jeff Alexander Choir. Conductor: Ray Sinatra.
      • RCA.
  • JOHN CRAVEN'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov

      Baba-Yaga

      Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev.
      • DG.
  • Anon.

    A mighty fortress is our God

    Singer: Kirsten Flagstad. Performer: Sigvart Fotland.
    • DECCA ELOQUENCE.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: CLASSICAL

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Divertimento in E flat K.166

      Ensemble: Wiener Bläsersolisten.
      • DG.
  • Martti Hela

    Hiljainen joululaulu (A Quiet Christmas Song)

    Choir: Tapiolan kuoro. Conductor: Kari Ala-Pöllänen.
    • ONDINE.
  • Otto Kotilainen

    Kun Joulu on (When it's Christmas)

    Choir: Tapiolan kuoro. Conductor: Kari Ala-Pöllänen.
    • ONDINE.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Valse-Fantasie

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Anatole Fistoulari.
    • GUILD.
  • NORDIC MASTERPIECE

    • Edvard Grieg

      Holberg Suite, Op.40

      Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
      • HANSSLER CLASSIC.
  • Johannes Brahms

    An ein Veilchen, Op.49, No.2

    Performer: Petronel Malan.
    • HANNSLER CLASSIC.
  • Anon.

    Noel sing we, both all and some

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Billy Mayerl

    Say it with Carols

    Performer: Billy Mayerl.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Christen, atzet diesen Tag, BWV63

    Singer: Joanne Lunn. Singer: Clare Wilkinson. Singer: Nicholas Mulroy. Singer: Matthew Brook. Ensemble: Dunedin Consort. Conductor: John Butt.
    • LINN.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:

Tchaikovsky
Chinese Dance (The Nutcracker)
Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy (conductor)
RCA
 
Leroy Anderson
Sleigh Ride
Emory Symphonic Winds
Scott A.Stewart (conductor)
NAXOS

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