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Sisters and Brothers

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 17 February 2013

In Sisters and Brothers Irma Kurtz reflects on sibling relationships. She considers competition for parental approval, the uniting of siblings against oppression and the empathy that can exist between brothers and sisters.

From the time they are born, our brothers and sisters may be our collaborators, our role models and our cautionary tales. Whether they are protectors or tormentors, objects of pride or sources of envy, siblings are with us for life.

In the programme, we hear readings by Seamus Heaney, Jane Austen and Laurie Lee. The music is by Herbert Howells, the composer Engelbert Humperdink, Carly Simon and George Gershwin. The readers are Liza Sadovy, Col Farrell and Frank Stirling.

Producer: Ronni Davis
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

Music Played

7 items
  • Image for Herbert Howells

    Herbert Howells In Gloucestershire, Movement 1

    Performer: Britten Quartet

    Howells and Delius: String Quartets, EMI, CDC 5553492 (1)

  • Image for Louis Armstrong

    Louis Armstrong Cain and Abel

    Performer: Louis Armstrong

    Louis Armstrong 1940-1942, Classics Jazz, 685

  • Image for Engelbert Humperdinck

    Engelbert Humperdinck Brüderchen, Komm, Tanz Mit Mir

    Performer: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Kölner Kinderchor

    Hänsel Und Gretel, EMI, 7692132

  • Image for Anon

    Anon Anon - Hole in the Wall

    Performer: The Windsor Box and Fir Co

    Begone Dull Care: songs and instrumental music from Jane Austen's House Chawton, Danubia Discs, DD006

  • Image for Carly Simon

    Carly Simon Two Little Sisters (the theme from Marvin's Room)

    Performer: Carly Simon with backing vocal from Meryl Streep

    Anthology/Carly Simon, Rhino, 8122781672 (2)

  • Image for Baruch Bulman

    Baruch Bulman Pavan

    Performer: Julian Bream

    The Golden Age of English Lute Music, RCA Victor, 804554

  • Image for George and Ira Gershwin

    George and Ira Gershwin Our Love Is Here to Stay

    Performer: Nat King Cole

    Unforgettable, Capitol / EMI, 24721

  • Readings

    Title: Cider with Rose chapter 4 The Kitchen
    Author: Laurie Lee
    Publisher: Vintage Classics
    ISBN-10: 0099285665

    Title: Little Women
    Author: Louisa M Alcott
    Publisher: Penguin Classics
    ISBN-10: 0140623566

    Title: Keeping Going from The Spirit Level
    Author: Seamus Heaney
    Publisher: Faber
    ISBN-10: 0-571-17822-7

    Title: The Three Sisters
    Author: Jane Austen
    Publisher: Digireads.com
    ISBN-10: 1420937723

    Title: Letter 97: Wed 28th/Thursday 29th May 1817 from Selected Letters
    Author: Jane Austen
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    ISBN-10: 0-19-280184-8

    Title: The New Science of Siblings
    Author: Jeffrey Kluger
    Publisher: Time Magazine Monday 10/07/06
    ISBN-10: N/A

    Title: Twelfth Night: Act 5, Scene 1
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Publisher: Penguin Classics
    ISBN-10: 0141014709


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