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BBC Radio 3 and BBC National Orchestra of Wales pay tribute to Robert Plane

Every day this week, BBC Radio 3’s ‘Afternoon Concert’ programme features performances by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, including several retrospective broadcasts and a particular tribute to clarinettist Robert Plane.

Rob left his post at BBCNOW last month, after spending 21 years as Principal Clarinet. This week of Radio 3 ‘Afternoon Concerts’ featuring the orchestra includes a celebration of Rob’s tenure by looking back at some recorded highlights. Tune in today just after 3:30pm to hear Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto, and tomorrow at 3:45pm to hear Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie. Click here to listen again to Tuesday’s broadcast of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto — more details below.

Rob features particularly prominently in three of this week’s concerts:

Tuesday 20 July, which includes Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.
Ian Skelly paid tribute to Rob in his introduction to this concert — click the link above to listen again.
Introduction starts 1:16:56 into the programme, with Copland Concerto beginning at 1:18:19.
BBCNOW under the baton of Eric Stern.

Thursday 22 July, featuring Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto.
Rob performs this great work with BBCNOW, conducted by Thomas Sondergard.
Programme at 2:00pm, with Nielsen Concerto beginning at c. 3:35pm.

Friday 23 July, which includes Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie.
Rob featuring as soloist with BBCNOW under the baton of Tadaaki Osaka.
Programme at 2:00pm, with Debussy beginning at c. 3:45pm.

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