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The Low Countries

Duration:
1 hour, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 22 September 2013

Maxine Peake and Samuel West embark on a journey through dream and nightmare in the Low Countries. Treading the shifting boundary between land and sea, between memory and experience they navigate a course through a landscape which accommodates Erasmus as well as Louis Aragon, Louis Andriessen as well as Cesar Franck; a terrain that's home to nameless beasts as well as Flanders lilacs and a place where, though the light of reason shines brightly, the shadows cast are long and dark.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Music Played

21 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Nynke Laverman
    00:00

    Nynke Laverman De Iensumen

    Performer: Nynke Laverman.

    FAMA, Tr1

  • Ester Naomi Perquin

    Stranded translated by Paul Vincent read by Maxine Peake

  • Image for Guillaume Dufay
    00:03

    Guillaume Dufay Ave Regina Coelorum

    Performer: The Clerks Group Edward Wickham.

    Sanctuary, Tr4

  • Patrick Leigh Fermor

    A Time of Gifts read by Samuel West

  • Image for Jacques Brel
    00:13

    Jacques Brel Le Plat Pays

    Performer: Jacques Brel.

    Universal, Tr2

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    An Inland Voyage read by Samuel West

  • Image for Eugène Ysaÿe
    00:17

    Eugène Ysaÿe Danse des Ombres

    Performer: Thomas Zehetmair.

    ECM New Series, Tr7

  • Miriam Van Hee translated by Judith Wilkinson

    Summer End on the Leier read by Maxine Peake

  • Image for César Franck
    00:22

    César Franck Symphony in D Minor 2nd movement Allegretto played by

    Performer: Conductor Pierre Monteux, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

    RCA, Tr2

  • Anthony Bailey

    From A View of Delft read by Samuel West

  • Image for Louis Andriessen
    00:35

    Louis Andriessen From De Materie – The Hammer Duet

    Performer: Conductor Reinbert de Leeuw, Schonberg Ensemble, Asko Ensemble, Netherlands Chamber Choir.

    Nonesuch, Tr1

  • Louis Aragon translated by Louis Macneice

    Les Lilacs et les roses read by Samuel West

  • Image for Django Reinhardt
    00:41

    Django Reinhardt Artillerie Lourde from Djangology

    Performer: Django Reinhardt.

    Bluebird, Tr3

  • Toon Tellegen translated by Judith Wilkinson

    Raptors read by Maxine Peake

  • Image for Hendrik Andriessen
    00:45

    Hendrik Andriessen Variations and fugue on a theme by Kuhnau

    Performer: Conductor David Porcelijn, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra.

    NM Classics, Tr 8

  • Erasmus

    Praise of Folly read by Maxine Peake

  • Image for [traditional]
    00:56

    [traditional] Secular song from the Antwerp song book

    Performer: Camerata Trajectina.

    Globe, Tr3

  • Gabriel and Marcel Piqueray translated by Robert Archambeau

    Hierarchy: A Night read by Samuel West

  • Image for Philippe Boesmans
    01:03

    Philippe Boesmans Deliquescente from Extases

    Performer: Elise Ross, Ensemble Musique Nouvelle.

    Ricercar, Tr7

  • Miriam Van Hee translated by Judith Wilkinson

    Film read by Maxine Peake

  • Image for Camerata Trajectina
    01:10

    Camerata Trajectina Ich seg adieu

    Music Arranger: Gherhardus Mes.

    Globe, Tr24

  • Producer's Note

    Maxine Peake and Samuel West embark on a journey through dream and nightmare in the Low Countries. Treading the shifting boundary between land and sea, between memory and experience they navigate a course through a landscape which accommodates Erasmus as well as Louis Aragon, Louis Andriessen as well as Cesar Franck; a terrain that's home to nameless beasts as well as Flanders lilacs and a place where, though the light of reason shines brightly, the shadows cast are long and dark.

  • Samuel West

    Samuel West
    Samuel West

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