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Revenge

Duration:
1 hour, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 25 November 2012

This week's edition of Words and Music satiates itself on the cold dish of revenge. It's an act of passion meted out on our foes, ourselves, love, old age, the sun....So many subjects have been the focus of humankind's ire. Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus opens the programme with a threat to the foul offender who shall quake at the feet of revenge. And we hear music composed for some of literature's most famous revenge scenes: Romeo's revenge on Tybalt for murdering Mercutio; Diana's revenge upon Actaeon for espying her naked; or the chilling revenge of the Pied Piper upon the citizens of Hamelin. With music by Prokofiev, Mendelssohn and Janacek; and words by Carol Ann Duffy, Ted Hughes and Charles Dickens. The readers and Samantha Bond and Kenneth Cranham.

Producer: Gavin Heard.

Music Played

24 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Nino Rota
    00:00

    Nino Rota The Godfather - Finale

    Performer: Carmine Coppola; Pietro Mascagni; The City of Prague Philharmonic; Crouch End Festival Chorus; Paul Bateman

    Silva Screen FILMCD344

  • Shakespeare

    Titus Andronicus (Samantha Bond)

  • William Blake

    A Poison Tree (Kenneth Cranham)

  • Image for Felix Mendelssohn
    00:04

    Felix Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream, Incidental Music

    Performer: Andre Previn; London Symphony Orchestra;

    EMI Classics 7243 5 7498128

  • Image for Felix Mendelssohn
    00:04

    Felix Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream, Incidental Music

    Performer: Andre Previn; London Symphony Orchestra;

    EMI Classics 7243 5 7498128

  • Carol Ann Duffy

    Havisham (Samantha Bond)

  • Image for Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    00:08

    Marc-Antoine Charpentier Choeur des Chasseurs

    Performer: Les Arts Florissants; William Christie;

    Harmonia Mundi 1901095

  • Ted Hughes

    Tales from Ovid (Kenneth Cranham)

  • Image for Philip Glass
    00:15

    Philip Glass Metamorphosis

    Performer: Philip Glass

    Sony Classical SK64133

  • Patience Agbabi

    About Face (Samantha Bond)

  • Image for K. Weill; B. Brecht; M Blitzstein
    00:21

    K. Weill; B. Brecht; M Blitzstein Pirate Jenny

    Performer: Lotte Lenya

    CBS MK 42637

  • Image for Leos Janacek
    00:25

    Leos Janacek String Quartet No.1 After Tolstoy's 'Kreutzer Sonata'

    Performer: Pavel Haas Quartet

    Supraphon SU39222

  • John Donne

    The Apparition (Kenneth Cranham)

  • Emily Dickinson

    Mine enemy is growing old (Samantha Bond)

  • Image for Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
    00:31

    Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Pseaume 43: Revenge moy, pre la querelle

    Performer: The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge; Richard Marlow

    Conifer CDCF205

  • JM Synge

    The Curse (Kenneth Cranham)

  • Image for Sting & David Hartley
    00:34

    Sting & David Hartley Snuff out the Light

    Performer: Eartha Kitt

    Walt Disney 0122782DNY

  • Robert Browning

    The Pied Piper (Samantha Bond)

  • Image for John Corigliano
    00:38

    John Corigliano Pied Piper Fantasy

    Performer: James Galway; Eastman Philharmonia; David Effron

    RCA RD86602

  • Image for Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
    00:40

    Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky Night on the Bare Mountain

    Performer: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra; Mariss Jansons

    EMI 5751722

  • Image for Bob Dylan
    00:51

    Bob Dylan Masters of War

    Performer: Bob Dylan

    CBS CD32390

  • Image for Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev
    00:56

    Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet, op.64

    Performer: Valery Gergiev; Kirov Orchestra

    Philips 4647262

  • Charles Dickens

    Oliver Twist (Samantha Bond)

  • Image for Bohuslav Martinu
    01:03

    Bohuslav Martinu Memorial to Lidice

    Performer: Bamberger Symphoniker; Ingo Metzmacher

    EMI CDC5554242

  • Kenneth Cranham

    Kenneth Cranham

  • Samantha Bond

    Samantha Bond

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