Today on Radio Riel, in the run-up to Thanks­giv­ing in the US and with Win­ter approach­ing (indeed, it’s already arrived in some parts of the Unit­ed States as the Jet­stream waves about as it is increas­ing­ly wont to do), we present a pro­gramme of music evok­ing the coun­try­side and rur­al life.

Main­ly, but not exclu­sive­ly, clas­si­cal in nature, we’ll hear music like Beethoven’s Pas­toral Sym­pho­ny and the beau­ti­ful but less­er known Sym­pho­ny No 3, “Pas­toral”, from Vaugh­an Williams. There’s The Lark Ascend­ing and many oth­er beau­ti­ful relax­ing clas­sics – and some lighter orches­tral pieces like Ketel­bey’s In A Lover’s Gar­den Suite.

In addi­tion, you’ll hear some relax­ing ‘smooth jazz’ and New Age pieces, again with a coun­try air.

Relax with us today and enjoy the var­ied sounds of the coun­try­side.

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 .

This pro­gramme is also avail­able in enhanced-qual­i­ty AAC. Tune in here: (note new URL)

The image is of a win­ter land­scape at Offley, by Richard Thomas

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