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04/05/2008

With Alison Steadman and Timothy West reading a selection of verse on the theme of food and drink.

Producers Notes

This edition of Words and Music is about Food. Mussels, Chocolates, Anchovies, Peaches, Whipped Cream, Oysters, Trout, Pies and Eggs are just some of the ingredients.

Alison Steadman reads Moules a la Mariniere by Elizabeth Garrett, Mushrooms by Sylvia Plath and Blackberry-picking by Seamus Heaney.

Timothy West's poems include Hillaire Belloc's On Food, Elizabeth Bishop's The Fish and Ben Jonson's Inviting a Friend to Supper.

Interwoven with the poetry is music such as Schubert's Trout Quintet, the chorus in Strauss' Die Fledermaus where the guests look forward to supper, and Biber's Mensa Sonora (music suitable to accompany aristocratic dining)

There's the "Rice aria" from Rossini's Tancredi, which the food loving composer apparently composed whilst waiting for his risotto to cook and Nellie Melba, the soprano who gave her name to the Peach Melba, sings the Melba Waltz.

Plus popular food music by Fats Waller (Hold Tight I Want Some Seafood Mama), The Beatles (Savoy Truffle) and Bob Dylan (Country Pie).

Perhaps the most peculiar choice is a medieval song about eggs

Tim Prosser (producer)

Details of readings and music

JOHANN HERMANN SCHEIN
Allemande from Banchetto Musicale No 2 in D
Hesperion XX, Jordi Savall
Tr 10 CDC 7492242

JOHN UPDIKE
Food
Alison Steadman (reader)

JOHANN STRAUSS II
A Supper-party's in store for us tonight
Die Fledermaus
Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus
Herbert von Karajan
CD 2 tr 1 EMI 5670742

BEN JONSON
Inviting a Friend to Supper
Timothy West (reader)

HEINRICH IGNAZ FRANZ VON BIBER
Mensa Sonora (music suitable to accompany aristocratic dining)
The Purcell Quartet
Tr 4 Chandos 0748

ANON
Peas
Alison Steadman (reader)

NABOKOV
A Literary Dinner
Timothy West (reader)

HOLD TIGHT (I WANT SOME SEAFOOD MAMA)
Fats Waller

SEAMUS HEANEY
Blackberry-picking
Alison Steadman (reader)

MATTHIAS GREITER
Von Eyren (On Eggs - goose eggs, ducks' eggs, crabs' eggs, pigeon's eggs.)
The Orlando Consort
Tr 20 HMU 907314

ELIZABETH GARRETT
The Fish
Timothy West (reader)

FRANZ SCHUBERT
Andantino from The Trout Quintet in A (Op.114)
Alfred Brendel and the Cleveland Quartet
Tr 4 Philips 420 907 2

SYLVIA PLATH
Mushrooms
Alison Steadman (reader)

ERIK SATIE
Last movement from 3 Pieces of Pear
Dominique Merlet and Jean-Pierre Armengaud (pianos)
Tr 17 MAN 4882

LOUIS SIMPSON
Chocolates
Timothy West (reader)

GEORGE HARRISON
Savoy Truffle (from the White Album)
The Beatles
CD 2 tr 10 CDS 746443 8

CAROL ANN DUFFY
Chocs
Alison Steadman (reader)

TCHAIKOVSKY
Chocolate (Spanish Dance)
The London Philharmonic, Mariss Jansons
CD 2 tr 3 CDS 7546002

WALLACE STEVENS
A Dish of Peaches in Russia
Timothy West (reader)

ARDITI
Se saran rose (The Melba Waltz)
Nellie Melba (soprano)
Tr 16 Naxos 8 110335

HILAIRE BELLOC
On Food
Timothy West (reader)

ROSSINI
Anchovies (from the Quatre Hors-D'Oeuvre)
Lorenzo Bavaj (piano)
Tr 6 GB 50122

RUTH PITTER
Damson Boy
Alison Steadman (reader)

BOB DYLAN
Country Pie

SEAMUS HEANEY
Oysters
Timothy West (reader)

TELEMANN
Tafelmusic (Table Music)
Conclusion in D major
Musica Antiqua Koln, Reinhard Goebel

ELIZABETH GARRETT
Moules a la Mariniere
Alison Steadman (reader)

ROSSINI
Di tanti palpiti (Rice Aria from Tancredi)
Vesselina Kasarova (soprano)
Munich Radio Orchestra, Roberto Abbado
Tr 6 RCA 09026 683492

CZESLAW MILOSZ
The Dining Room
Timothy West (reader)

SAINT-SAENS
The Wedding Cake Waltz
Jean-Philippe Collard (piano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andre Previn
Tr 4 EMI CDC 797572

CHRISTOPHER SMART
Epistle to Mrs Tyler
Timothy West (reader)

ANON
Si quis amat (A medieval round on table manners)
The Orlando Consort
Tr 7 HMU 907314

OSIP MANDELSTROM
Ice Cream
Alison Steadman (reader)

RICHARD STRAUSS
Dance of the Small Pralines from Schlagobers (Whipped Cream)
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi
Tr 7 CHAN 9606

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