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Tuesday - 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: listen to the clues and identify a mystery object.

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.

Music on Location: Scotland
This week Rob explores music connected with Scotland, travelling today to Fingal's Cave on the island of Staffa, which was a great source of inspiration to painters and composers in the early 19th century.

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.

The Happy Forest
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor)

Producer Richard Denison.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    Salut d'amour

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • AVIE.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Ballade in B major, Op.10 No.4

    Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
    • DG.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Lemminkainen Suite: II. The Swan of Tuonela

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • BIS.
  • Percy Grainger

    Irish Tune from County Derry

    Orchestra: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Band Orchestra. Conductor: Timothy Reynish.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 846

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • Decca.
  • Béla Bartók

    Mikrokosmos Book 5: Nos. 137-139

    Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
  • Judith Weir

    Arise, arise, you slumbering sleepers

    Ensemble: The Schubert Ensemble.
    • NMC.
  • Clive Myrie's First Choice

    • George Frideric Handel

      Rodelinda: "Fatto Inferno...Pastorello d'un povero armento"

      Singer: Rolando Villazón. Ensemble: Gabrieli Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
      • DG.
  • Clive Myrie's Second Choice

    • Alexander Borodin

      Trio for two violins & cello on a Russian song: 'What have I done to hurt you?'

      Ensemble: Moscow Trio.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Silent Noon (The House of Life)

    Performer: John Constable. Singer: Thomas S. Allen.
    • An Anthology of English Song: Various artists.
    • Novello.
    • 9.
  • Music on location: Scotland

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      The Hebrides, Op.26

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
      • LSO.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Fest- und Gendenkspruche (Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk)

    Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Arnold Bax

    The Happy Forest

    Conductor: John Wilson. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • AVIE.
    • AV2194.
    • 5.

Musical Challenge: Mystery Thing

The Mystery 'Entity' was Bartok's Mikrokosmos - a large & diverse collection of piano pieces.


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