Main: A Sense of Place

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 5 December, 2015

61dOhplwnDL._SS280Continuing from our recent programme of Ancient Journeys, today’s programme broadens out somewhat — and comes more up to date to an extent — concerning itself with the “sense of place” or genius loci, 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. We will be featuring the wonderful and eclectic album  Appalachian Journey, featuring a collection of virtuoso artists: Yo‐Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Mark O’Connor.

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. 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 or Canada, please click here to launch the Stream Licensing player. To listen from outside North America, click here to start your player if your browser is configured to do so.

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