Music Played19 items
Robert Schumann Marchenbilder
Performer: Gyorgy Kurtag.
Carol Ann Duffy
Sheherazade, reader Hayley Atwell
Syzmanowski Fairy Tale The Lonely Moon
Performer: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
EMI Classics, Tr1
The Frog King Part 1, Grimm Tales reader Tim Pigott-Smith
The Frog King Part 2, Grimm Tales reader Hayley Atwell
Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel
Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra, choirs of Loughton High School for Girls and Bancrofts School.
Hans Christian Andersen
The Princess and the Pea reader Tim Pigott-Smith
Maurice Ravel Pavane de la belle au bois dormant( Ma mere loye)
Performer: Brodsky Quartet.
Sylvia Townsend Warner
Lolly Willowes reader Hayley Atwell
Gioachino Rossini La Cenerentola
Performer: The orchestra of the Royal Opera House with the Covent Garden Opera Chorus.
The Erl King reader Hayley Atwell
Franz Schubert Erlkonig
Performer: Dietrich Fischer Dieskau Gerald Moore.
La Belle Dame Sans Merci reader Tim Pigott-Smith
Béla Bartók Door 7 from Bluebeards Castle
Performer: Berliner Philharmoniker with John Tomlinson, Anne Sofie von Otter and Sandor Eles.
EMI Classics, Tr8
From Invisible Kings reader Tim Pigott-Smith
Medtner Skazki Tales of Elves
Performer: Hamish Milne.
Girl with no hands reader Hayley Atwell
Antonin Dvorak Rusalka
Fairy tales shape our imagination. As children their fantasy strikes us as vivid and compelling and as adults their simple surface often seems a shimmering veil over a more profound if disturbing reality. They're distorting mirrors, if you like, where for a moment at least a prince can look like a frog and a pea can leave a bruise on the soft flesh of a sleeping princess. The actors Hayley Atwell and Tim Pigott-Smith invite us for a stroll in this deep, dark wood. To one side of the twisting path lie the Schumann of Marchenbilder, Medtner’s elfin Skazki, the lunar beauty of Syzmanowski’s Fairy Tale, Dvorak’s Rusalka and Hansel and Gretel; while on the other lurk Carol Ann Duffy’s Sheherazade, Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales and Sylvia Townsend Warner’s small feline familiar as well, of course, as Hans Christian Andersen and a palely loitering Keats…in fact, a whole world of enchantment.