Each week the programme examines some of the larger questions of life, taking a spiritual theme and exploring it through music, prose and poetry.
Programme details: Sunday 25 March 2007
Religion Good? Religion Bad?
Presented by Mark Tully
The readers were Emily Raymond, Andrew Sachs and Frank Stirling.
Reading 1: An extract from ‘Atheism’ by Julian Baggini OUP
Music 1: ‘World Trade Centre Piano Theme’ by Craig Armstrong. Taken from the original motion picture soundtrack to ‘World Trade Centre’. SONY BMG 82876880572. Track 2.
Reading 2: There are no Gods from ‘more Pansies’ by DH Lawrence from DH Lawrence
Music 2: ‘A Proper Sort of Gardner’ by Maggie Holland. Track 4 from the album ‘Down to the Bone’ ROUGUE FMSD05022.
Reading 3: Piece by Eamon Duffy taken from ‘Saints and Sinners: A History of the popes’ published by Yale University Press
Music 3: ‘Pax in Nomini Domini!’ composed by Marcabru. Taken from the album ‘The Cross of Red’ Music of Love and War from the time of the Crusades. Performed by the New Orleans Musica da Camera.CENTAUR CDC2373.
Reading 4: Christine de Luca ‘Plain Song’ from Poems in English and Shetland Dialect’ published by the Shetland Library. Exerts from the Book of Life’. Duomo Milano
Music 4: ‘Bamba the Poet’ by Youssou N’Dour. Track 6 from the album ‘Egypt’. NONESUCH 7559796942
Reading 5: ‘Prayer of Belief’ Carola Moosbach SPCK
Music 5:’Exultate Deo’ by Francis Poulenc. Taken from the album ‘Lux Aeterna’. Performed by the Winchester Cathedral Choir. Virgin classics VC5453402 Track 16
Music 6: ‘Good Religion’ by the Blind Boys of Alabama. Taken from the Cd ‘Spirit of the Century’. REALWORLD cdrw95. Track 4.
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