Image for Episode 4

Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

Episode 4

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 29 March 2013

Louise Fryer presents a new version of the classic tale of Rat, Mole, Badger and Toad - combining the talents of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a special cast. Plus a selection of Good Friday music by Wagner, Harrer, Hauptmann and Pergolesi.

Neil Brand: The Wind in the Willows
Toad ..... Stephen Mangan
Mole .....Claire Skinner
Badger .....Philip Jackson
Rat .....Carl Prekopp
Otter .....Patrick Brennan
Bargee .....Liza Sadovy
Judge .....Paul Stonehouse
Girl .....Stephanie Racine
Singers: Genevieve Hamilton, Amanda Morrison, Julia Batchelor-Walsh, Jonathan English, Daniel Auchincloss and William Gaunt,
Conductor Timothy Brock.

Wagner: Good Friday Music (from Parsifal)
Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

J Gottlieb Harrer: Mein Herz ist bereit
Moritz Hauptmann: Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei from Mass in F minor, Op. 18
BBC Singers,
Conductor David Hill.

Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
Sophie Karthäuser (soprano),
Christophe Dumaux (countertenor),
Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin,
Director René Jacobs.

Music Played

5 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Neil Brand

    Neil Brand The Wind in the Willows

  • Image for Richard Wagner

    Richard Wagner Good Friday music from 'Parsifal'

  • Image for Gottlob Harrer

    Gottlob Harrer Mein Herz ist bereit for 4 voices

  • Image for Moritz Hauptmann

    Moritz Hauptmann Sanctus, Benedictus & Agnus Dei from Mass in F minor Op.18 for solo voices and chorus

  • Image for Giovanni Battista Pergolesi



  1. Image for Radio 3 Opera Guides

    Radio 3 Opera Guides

    Radio 3 Guide to the Opera

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss