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Harold Pinter

Duration:
1 hour, 5 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 22 February 2009

A programme devoted to the playwright and actor who died in December 2008, featuring archive recordings of Pinter himself reading poems by Thomas Hardy, Nazim Hikmet and his own work.

Plus new readings by Michael Gambon, including the passage from No Man's Land which the actor read at Pinter's request at the playwright's funeral. He also reads a passage from Proust's Time Regained, a poem by WS Graham and an unpublished poem heard for the first time, To My Wife, dedicated to Antonia Fraser.

Penelope Wilton's readings include a passage from Old Times and, with Michael Gambon, she reads the passage from TS Eliot's Little Gidding chosen by Pinter for her to read at his funeral.

Some of the late playwright's favourite music is also featured, including Miles Davis, Bach, Thelonius Monk, Schubert (played by his friend Mitsuko Uchida) and Beethoven, alongside music from one of the films Pinter worked on - The French Lieutenant's Woman.

  • Playlist

    00:00:00
    HAROLD PINTER
    Poem – The Light Glows
    Harold Pinter (reader)

    00:00:47
    MILES DAVIS
    Blue in Green
    Kind of Blue
    COLUMBIA CK64935

    00:01:44
    HAROLD PINTER
    To Antonia
    Michael Gambon (reader)

    00:06:22
    HAROLD PINTER
    from Tess
    Penelope Wilton (reader)

    00:07:55
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
    Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G – Andante
    Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra
    Jorg Faerber – conductor
    VOX BOX CD5X3608

    00:11:48
    THOMAS HARDY
    At Castle Boterel
    Harold Pinter (reader)

    00:13:36
    CARL DAVIS
    Her Story
    The French Lieutenant’s Woman
    Carl Davis – conductor
    CDRG 6106

    00:17:37
    NAZIM HIKMET
    A Sad State of Freedom
    Harold Pinter (reader)

    00:19:43
    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
    Andante – Violin Concerto in A Minor
    Susan Lautenbacher and Dieter Vorholz – violins
    Mainz Chamber Orchestra
    Gunter Kehr – conductor
    VOX BOX CD5X3608

  • Playlist

    00:26:41
    W.S. GRAHAM
    I leave this at your ear
    Michael Gambon (reader)

    00:27:43
    NAZIM HIKMET
    Poem to Piraye
    Harold Pinter (reader)

    00:29:21
    HAROLD PINTER
    To my Wife
    Michael Gambon (reader)

    00:29:50
    LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
    Allegro appassionato - String Quartet Opus 132
    The Medici String Quartet
    NIMBUS NI5285

    00:36:09
    HAROLD PINTER
    Cricket at Night
    Harold Pinter (reader)

    00:36:11
    MILES DAVIS QUINTET
    Thisness
    Complete Columbia Studio Recordings 1965-8
    SONY C6K67398

    00:41:51
    T.S. ELIOT
    from Little Gidding
    Penelope Wilton and Michael Gambon (readers)

    00:43:32
    FRANZ SCHUBERT
    Impromptu op 90 – no 2 in E Flat
    Mitsuko Uchida – piano
    PHILIPS 4562452

    00:48:14
    HAROLD PINTER
    from Old Times
    Penelope Wilton (reader)

    00:49:33
    THELONIUS MONK
    ‘Round Midnight
    Genius of Modern Music
    BLUE NOTE CDP7815102

    00:52:44
    MARCEL PROUST
    from Time Regained
    Michael Gambon (reader)

    00:53:35
    CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS
    Allegro moderato - Violin Sonata no 1 in D Minor
    Philippe Graffin – violin
    Pascal Devoyon – piano
    HYPERION CDA67100

  • Playlist

    00:57:24
    HAROLD PINTER
    from No Man’s Land
    Michael Gambon (reader)

    00:59:00
    ALFRED SCHNITTKE
    Moderato - Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra no 2
    Mstislav Rostropovich – violoncello
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Seiji Ozawa – conductor

    01:02:02
    SAMUEL BECKETT
    from The Unnamable
    Harold Pinter (reader)

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