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Monday - Rob Cowan with Clive Myrie

Discover definitive recordings of classical music with your trusted guide, Rob Cowan. His guest is BBC News presenter and correspondent Clive Myrie.

Rob sets the tone and mood of the day's programme with a range of music to intrigue, surprise and entertain.

Take part in today's musical challenge: can you remember the television show or film that featured this piece of classical music?

Rob's guest this week is the BBC News presenter and correspondent Clive Myrie. Clive is one of the regular evening presenters on the BBC News Channel and News at Ten, and has worked in broadcast news and journalism throughout his career, almost exclusively for the BBC. He started out in local news before becoming a foreign correspondent, being posted to Japan, America, France and Africa. Since becoming one of the BBC's main anchors in London, he has continued to make special reports about subjects ranging from Barack Obama to wars in Kosovo and Afghanistan. As well as discussing his life and work, Clive shares some of his favourite classical music throughout the week, including pieces he played as a teenager in his local youth orchestra by Schubert and Mussorgsky.

Music on Location: Scotland
This week Rob explores music connected with Scotland, focusing today on the many composers who have been attracted to the poetry of Robert Burns, including Beethoven, Robert Schumann and James MacMillan.

Proms Artist of the Week: John Wilson
Rob's Proms Artist of the Week is the British conductor John Wilson. Wilson is celebrated for his on-stage charisma and has been applauded repeatedly for the rich and colourful sounds that he draws from orchestras in repertoire ranging from the core classical through to the twentieth century. Wilson has conducted many of the leading British orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and has made a number of recordings with the BBC Concert Orchestra. This week he brings The John Wilson Orchestra to the BBC Proms, and earlier in the season he conducted his first Prom as Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Rob has chosen to feature Wilson's recordings of music by Edward German, Arnold Bax, Copland and Gershwin, as well as Eric Coates's take on a song by Richard Rodgers.

Symphonic Rhapsody on Richard Rodgers's 'With a Song in my Heart'
BBC Concert Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor).

2 hours

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Mass in G major, D.167: Gloria

    Singer: Barbara Bonney. Singer: Andreas Schmidt. Choir: Chor der Wiener Staatsoper. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Richard Wagner

    Das Liebesverbot (Overture)

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Fantasia in F minor for two pianos, K.608

    Performer: Andreas Grau. Performer: Götz Schumacher. Music Arranger: Ferruccio Busoni.
    • NEOS.
  • John Ireland

    The Forgotten Rite

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • HALLE.
  • Barbara Strozzi

    Amor non si fugge

    Performer: Jeffrey Grossman. Performer: Hank Heijink. Performer: Daniel Swenberg. Performer: Shakur M. Abdulla. Singer: Jolle Greenleaf.
    • AVIE.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Fantaisie Op.79 for flute and piano

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Performer: Éric Le Sage.
    • ALPHA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata for viola da gamba and harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1029

    Performer: Pieter Wispelwey. Performer: Richard Egarr. Performer: Daniel Yeadon.
  • Clive Myrie's First Choice

    • Franz Schubert

      Symphony No 8 in B minor, D 759, 'Unfinished' (1st mvt)

      Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Carlos Kleiber.
      • Schubert: Symphonies no.3 & 8: Wiener Philharmoniker/Kleiber.
      • DG.
      • 5.
  • Clive Myrie's Second Choice

    • Modest Mussorgsky

      Pictures at an Exhibtion: Bydlo 'The Ox Cart'

      Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
      • DG.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelle in D major, Op 119 No 3

    Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • Beethoven: Bagatelles for Piano: Kovacevich.
    • Philips.
    • 10.
  • Music on Location: Scotland

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      25 Scottish Songs, Op.108: The lovely lass of Inverness

      Performer: Elizabeth Layton. Performer: Krysia Osostowicz. Performer: Ursula Smith. Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Lyricist: Robert Burns. Singer: Sarah Walker.
      • DG.
    • Robert Schumann

      Myrthen Lieder, Op.25: Hauptmanns Weib ('The Captain's Wife')

      Performer: Geoffrey Parsons. Lyricist: Robert Burns. Singer: Olaf Bär.
      • EMI.
    • Sir James MacMillan

      So Deep

      Lyricist: Robert Burns. Choir: Elysian Singers. Conductor: Sam Laughton.
      • SIGNUM.
  • Proms Artist of the Week: John Wilson

    • Eric Coates

      Symphonic Rhapsody on Richard Rodgers's 'With a Song in My Heart'

      Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
      • ASV.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Phaeton Op. 39

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Neeme Jarvi Conducts Saint Saens.
    • Chandos.
    • 3.

Musical Challenge: Heard on Screen

The clip was from the adagio of J.S. Bach's Sonata for viola da gamba and harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1029, which featured in the 1990 film 'Truly, Madly, Deeply', starring Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman.


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