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Wild Wood

What could be more unsettling than the darkness seeping like sump oil from beneath the branches of a pine forest? What's more likely to give imagination wings than a big wind catching at the green sails of a huge chestnut grove? The Wild Wood bewitches as it bewilders. This was the starting point when I began to think about this evening's edition of Words and Music. I wanted to give a sense of both. I also wanted to suggest how the wild wood is with us from the very beginning, from the time when we listen, rapt, to a bed time story such as Wind in the Willows to that moment in anxious adulthood when, like Dante, we look back and wonder how we came to be lost in the dark wood of our lives. The programme is a kind of journey, beginning with Mole's first encounter with untamed nature and ending with his rescue. The way in which his youthful confidence gives way to speculation and inquiry is reflected in the path the programme takes - where and how did the woods come into being, what gives them their power.

Zahid Warley - producer

Readers: John Rowe (JR) and Emma Fielding (EF)

IGOR STRAVINSKY
Le Sacre de Printemps
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Simon Rattle
EMI CDC7496362

KENNETH GRAHAME
Wind in the Willows
The Wild Wood
JR(reader)

WENDELL BERRY
How Long Does It Take To Make The Woods
EF (reader)

STEVE REICH
The Four Sections - Section 2
Steve Reich and musicians
Elektra Nonesuch 7559792202

ROBERT MACFARLANE
The Wild Places
Granta
EF(reader)

WAGNER
Forest Murmurs from "Siegried"
Philharmonia Orchestra
Francesco D'Avalos
ASV CDDCA995

SORLEY MACLEAN
The Woods of Raasay
Carcanet
JR(reader)

FAIRPORT CONVENTION
Liege and Lief
Reynardine
IMCD 291/586 929-2

BORIS PASTERNAK
Pine Trees
Selected poems
Penguin
EF(reader)

ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK
Hansel and Gretel
Philharmonia Orchestra and New London children's Choir
Sir Charles Mackerras
Chandos CHAN31432

DON PATERSON
Landing Light
The Forest of the Suicides
Inferno, Canto XIII
EF (reader)

RADIOHEAD
Pyramid Song
Parlophone CDFHEIT45102

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
Travels with a Donkey
EF(reader)

OLIVIER MESSIAEN
Catalogue d'Oiseaux
Roger Muraro
La Chouette hulotte
ACCORD 4657682

HENRY THOREAU
Walden
EF (reader)

GYORGY KURTAG
Marta and Gyorgy Kurtag
Jatekok
Track 1
ECM 4535112

SYLVIA PLATH
Mushrooms
BBC Archive
Sylvia Plath (reader)

OLIVER KNUSSEN
Where the Wild Things Are
The Wild Rumpus
London Sinfonietta
Oliver Knussen
Deutsche Grammophon 4695562

CAROL ANN DUFFY
Little Red Cap
The World's Wife
EF (reader)

JOHN COLTRANE
The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings
Greensleeves
Disc 3
Track 2
IMPD4 -232

A.A. MILNE
Winnie the Pooh
Alan Bennet (reader)
BBC Archive

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Sir John in Love
Herne the Hunter
The Sinfonia Chorus
Northern Sinfonia
Richard Hetherington
Richard Hickox
CHANDOS CHAN9928

KENNETH GRAHAME
Wind in the Willows
The Wild Wood
JR (reader)

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1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 19 Oct 2008 22:15

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