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Friday - 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: two pieces of music are played together - can you identify them

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, focusing today on how Shakespeare's play Macbeth offered Richard Strauss a 'completely new path' in his writing.

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.

Fanfare for the Common Man
BBC Philharmonic
John Wilson (conductor).

2 hours

Music Played


    • George Gershwin

      Artie Shaw's Symphony in Swing (Oh Lady, Be Good!)

      Performer: Matthew Billing. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
      • WARNER.
  • Edward Elgar

    Introduction and Allegro

    Ensemble: Doric String Quartet. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Preludes Book 1: XII. Minstrels

    Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • DECCA.
  • Germaine Tailleferre

    Hommage a Debussy

    Performer: Cristina Ariagno.
    • TIMPANI.
  • Alonso Lobo

    O quam suavis est, Domine

    Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Martin Baker.
  • Franz Schubert

    Wandrers Nachtlied I: 'Der du von dem Himmel bist'

    Performer: Gerald Moore. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Trio for violin, oboe and continuo in G minor

    Performer: Hans-Peter Westermann. Performer: Mary Utiger.
  • Gerald Finzi


    Performer: Peter Donohoe. Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia. Conductor: Howard Griffiths.
    • NAXOS.
  • Clive Myrie's first choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Aria)

      Performer: Glenn Gould.
      • Sony.
  • Clive Myrie's second choice

    • Alfredo Catalani

      La Wally: "Ebben! Ne andrò lontana"

      Music Arranger: Vladimir Cosma. Singer: Wilhelmenia Fernandez. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Cosma.
      • DRG.
  • Rob's choice for Clive Myrie

    • Modest Mussorgsky

      Pictures at an Exhibition: Baba Yaga; The Great Gate of Kiev

      Orchestra: All-American Youth Orchestra. Conductor: Leopold Stokowski.
      • MUSIC&ARTS.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Trio Sonata in F major, Op.1 No.1

    Ensemble: Avison Ensemble.
    • LINN.

    • Richard Strauss

      Macbeth, Op.23

      Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
      • DG.
  • Anon. Spanish

    Danza del hacha

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.

    • Aaron Copland

      Fanfare for the Common Man

      Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Wilson.
      • CHANDOS.

Musical Challenge: Imperfect Harmony

The two pieces were Gerald Finzi's 'Eclogue' and 'If ye love me' by Thomas Tallis.


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