Main: A Sense of Place

Today’s pro­gramme con­cerns itself with the “sense of place” or genius locii, as the Romans called it, that has informed much of West­ern art through the cen­turies. We’ll be attempt­ing to cap­ture the feel­ing of pres­ence that char­ac­teris­es many loca­tions, and to do so we’ll be vis­it­ing sites, cities and spots around the world.

So you’ll hear pieces from Respighi’s Foun­tains of Rome to Mitchel­l’s Stat­ue of Zeus at Olympia; Fin­gal’s Cave from Mendelssohn to Gersh­win’s An Amer­i­can In Paris, Hol­st’s The Plan­ets, Elgar­’s Cock­aigne (In Lon­don Town), and many more. Most of the music is in a clas­si­cal vein, but we’ll also be play­ing more recent com­po­si­tions, for exam­ple music by Sheri­dan Tongue for Pro­fes­sor Bri­an Cox’s BBC tele­vi­sion series Won­ders of the Uni­verse, and tracks from the eclec­tic album  Appalachi­an Jour­ney, fea­tur­ing a col­lec­tion of vir­tu­oso artists: Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Mey­er and Mark O’Con­nor. Immerse your­self in the music and trav­el with us on our own, rather exten­sive and a lit­tle unusu­al, Grand Tour.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are in the Unit­ed States, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. 

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