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Dancing in the Wind

Sunday 27 July 2008 22:15-0:00 (Radio 3)

Sara Kestelman and Rory Kinnear read poetry and prose on the theme of childhood. Including Prayer before Birth by Louis MacNeice; Morning Song by Sylvia Plath; Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney; and Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Music includes Mahler's Kindertotenlieder, Rufus Wainwright's The Art Teacher, John Tavener's To a child dancing in the wind, Schumann's Kinderszenen and Hans Kraas' Brundibar.

Duration:

1 hour 45 minutes

Dancing in the Wind

Dancing in the Wind

Rory Kinnear (reader)

Sara Kestalman (reader)


Childhood has always been a rich source of inspiration for writers and composers - the possibilities are endless. This Words and Music takes a journey through childhood beginning with a child in the womb and closing with the end of childhood. Many of the poems present an adult's view of the child - Ted Hughes with his young daughter in 'Full Moon and Little Frieda', a mother playing the piano to her son in Rainer Maria Rilke's 'From a Childhood' and Robert Browning's 'Rhyme for a child viewing a naked Venus in a painting of 'the Judgement of Paris'. The music around these poems reflects this - Debussy's 'The Snow is Dancing' evoking the lightness and brightness in Sharon Olds' poem about a baby in the womb and John Tavener's beautiful setting of Yeats' 'To a child dancing in the wind'. But some of the poems are the voice of the child themselves and these are much darker. In Louis MacNeice's 'Prayer before birth' a child prays for safety and inveighs against the harshness and ruthlessness of the modern world. Seamus Heaney reads his own poem 'Mid-term Break' in which he remembers being taken home from school after his little brother's death and, in John Burnside's powerful 'Catch-kiss' a young girl remembers the abuse she suffered at the age of six. The music is darker too with Schubert's song 'Erlkonig' telling the story of the death of a child attacked by a supernatural being, in Mahler's 'Kindertotenlieder' and Kurtag's enigmatic 'Mad Girl with the Flaxen Hair'. The programme ends with the final loss of innocence in William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies'.

Fiona McLean (producer)

Note
One of the poems, Philip Larkin's 'This be the verse' contains strong language.

00:00
J.S. BACH
Polonaise in G Minor
Notenbuchlein fur Anna Magdalena Bach
Harpsichord - Gustav Leonhardt
DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI GD77150

00:17
ROBERT BROWNING
Rhyme for a Child
Rory Kinnear (reader)

02:11
JOHN TAVENER
To a Child Dancing in the Wind
Heidi Grant Murphy - soprano
KOCH 3-7486-2

03:26
SHARON OLDS
Earliest Memory
Sara Kestelman (reader)

06:07
DEBUSSY
Children's Corner - The Snow is Dancing
Piano Works
Piano - Pascal Roge
DECCA 443 021-2

08:11
LOUIS MACNEICE
Prayer Before Birth
Rory Kinnear (reader)


10:02
HANS KRAAS
Brundibar
Terezin: the Music 1941-44
Bambini di Praga
Conductor - Bohumil Kulinsky
RR 1941

21:22
SYLVIA PLATH
Morning Song
Sara Kestelman (reader)

25:02
PETER WARLOCK
Cradle Song
The English Songbook
Tenor - Ian Bostridge
Piano - Julius Drake
EMI 7243 5 56830

28:43
BILLIE HOLIDAY
God Bless the Child
Lady Sings the Blues
VERVE 521 429-2

29:15
ELIZABETH JENNINGS
A Child in the Night
Sara Kestelman (reader)

30:01
SEAMUS HEANEY
The Railway Children
Rory Kinnear (reader)

34:51
JOSEF SUK
Serenade in A Major
Cello - Steven Isserlis
Piano - Stephen Hough
HYPERION CDA67529

36:17
HOMER
from The Iliad
Sara Kestelman (reader)

39:03
IVOR GURNEY
I will go with my father a-ploughing
Severn Meadows and Other Songs
Tenor - Paul Agnew
Piano - Julius Drake
HYPERION CDA67243

39:37
RAINER MARIA RILKE
From a Childhood
Sara Kestelman (reader)

41:06
ROBERT SCHUMANN
Von Fremden Landern und Menschen
Kinderszenen
Piano - Vladimir Horowitz
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 445 599-2

42:00
TED HUGHES
Full Moon and Little Frieda
Rory Kinnear (reader)

52:19
GEORGE ENESCU
Impressions de'enfance
Violin - Leonidas Kavakos
Piano - Peter Nagy
ECM 4760532

53:36
GYORGY KURTAG
A Megvadult lenhajo lang
Thomas Ades: Piano
Piano - Thomas Ades
EMI CDC557051

55:27
JOHN BURNSIDE
Catch-Kiss
Sara Kestelman (reader)

57:03
JOHN TAVENER
The Stolen Child
To a Child Dancing in the Wind
Heidi Grant Murphy - soprano
KOCH 3-7486-2

01:03:43
GABRIEL FAURE
Elegie in C Minor
Recital
Jacqueline de Pre
Piano - Gerald Moore
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor - Sir Malcolm Sargent
EMI 5 55529 2

01:08:12
MAURICE RAVEL
Ma Mere l'Oye
Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bete
The Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor - Vladimir Ashkenazy
DECCA 4304132


01:09:12
WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS
Sympathetic Portrait of a Child
Sara Kestelman (reader)

01:09:42
PHILIP LARKIN
This be the verse
Rory Kinnear (reader)

01:13:13
LEOS JANACEK
Mladi - Vivace
Netherlands Wind Ensemble
Piano - Boris Berman
Conductor - Thierry Fischer
CHANDOS 9399

01:14:51
SIMON ARMITAGE
You May Turn Over and Begin
Rory Kinnear (reader)

01:18:42
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
The Art Teacher

01:21:23
ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK
Hansel and Gretel
Track 1
New London Children's Choir
Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor - Sir Charles Mackerras
CHANDOS 3143

01:22:52
SEAMUS HEANEY
Mid-term Break
Seamus Heaney (reader)

01:26:39
GUSTAV MAHLER
Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen
Kindertotenlieder
Kirsten Flagstad
Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor - Sir Adrian Boult
DECCA 468 486-2

01:27:55
GEORGE SZIRTES
My father carries me across the field
Sara Kestelman (reader)

01:31:56
SCHUBERT
Erlkonig
Goethe-Lieder
Baritone - Thomas Quasthoff
Piano - Charles Spencer
RCA 09026618642

01:33:17
THOM GUNN
The Gas-poker
Thom Gunn (reader)

01:36:29
DVORAK
Songs my mother taught me
Cradle Song
Julian Lloyd Webber
PHILIPS 442 426-2

01:37:22
WILLIAM GOLDING
Lord of the Flies
Rory Kinnear (reader)

01:54:31
RICHARD WAGNER
Siegfried Idyll
Preludes and Overtures
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor - Daniel Barenboim
TELDEC 3984242242




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