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Book of Hours

Amanda Root and Rory Kinnear take an imaginative journey around the clock over the course of twenty four hours with poems by John Clare, Byron, Louis MacNeice and Carol Ann Duffy and music by Samuel Barber, Schoenberg, Debussy, Ravel and Elvis Costello.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sat 31 Jul 2010 18:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:00

    Uuno Klami

    Foggy Morning

    Performers: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leif Segerstam - conductor

    • FINLANDIA 8573856042.
  • William Wordsworth

    Upon Westminster Bridge read by Amanda Root

  • 00:01

    Edvard Grieg

    Morning - from Peer Gynt

    Performers: Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi - conductor

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS 5457222.
  • John Donne

    The Sunne Rising read by Rory Kinnear

  • 00:07

    Aulis Sallinen

    Sunrise Serenade, op 63

    Performer: Jouko Harjanne – trumpet, Aki Valimaki – trumpet, Avanti Chamber Orchestra

    • FINLANDIA 8573819722.
  • Mark Doty

    Long Point Light read by Amanda Root

  • 00:15

    James Rhodes

    Nuages - Nocturnes

    Performer: The Cleveland Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy - conductor

    • ELOQUENCE 467 428-2.
  • Louis Macneice

    Sunday Morning read by Rory Kinnear

  • 00:22

    George Butterworth

    Bredon Hill

    Performers: Bryn Terfel – baritone, Malcolm Martineau - piano

  • 00:27

    Cole Porter

    Miss Otis Regrets

    Performer: Ella Fitzgerald

    • VERVE 821 989-2.
  • John Clare

    Schoolboys in Winter read by Rory Kinnear

  • 00:31

    Peter Maxwell Davies

    Home - Seven Songs Home

    Performers: The Choir of St Mary's Music School, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies - conductor/pianist

    • A Celebration of Scotland.
    • UNICORN DKPCD9070.
  • Carol Ann Duffy

    Warming Her Pearls read by Amanda Root

  • 00:34

    James Rhodes

    Nuit d'Etoiles

    Performers: Veronique Gens – soprano, Roger Vignoles - piano

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS VC5453602.
  • 00:37

    Manuel de Falla

    En el Generalife - Nights in the Gardens of Spain

    Performer: Alicia de Larrocha – piano, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos

    • DECCA 410 289-2.
  • Charles Tomlinson

    The Journey read by Rory Kinnear

  • Philip Larkin

    Friday Night in the Royal Station Hotel read by Amanda Root

  • 00:48

    Samuel Barber

    Solitary Hotel

    Performer: Thomas Allen – Baritone, Endellion String Quartet, Roger Vignoles - piano

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS 7243 5 45033 2 0.
  • T.S. Eliot

    Preludes read by T.S. Eliot

  • 00:51

    Frank Loesser

    My Time of Day

    Performers: The Original National Theatre Cast, Ian Charleson

    • Guys and Dolls.
    • EMI MFP 0946 3213888.
  • Thom Gunn

    Night Taxi read by Rory Kinnear

  • 00:53

    Maurice Ravel

    Prelude a la nuit

    Performer: The Cleveland Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy - conductor

    • ELOQUENCE 467 428-2.
  • Walt Whitman

    A Clear Midnight read by Amanda Root

  • 00:57

    Philip Glass

    Evening Song from Satyagraba

    • The Essential Philip Glass.
    • SONY SBK64133.
  • Fleur Adcock

    Things read by Amanda Root

  • Lord Byron

    We'll go no more a'roving read by Rory Kinnear

  • 01:02

    Charles-Valentin Alkan

    Nocturne in B

    Performer: Jack Gibbons - piano

    • 12 Studies in the Minor Keys.
    • ASV CDDCS227.
  • 01:09

    Elvis Costello

    The Lovers Arise

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas - conductor

    • Il Sogno.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 00289 471 5772.
  • William Shakespeare

    Romeo and Juliet read by Amanda Root and Rory Kinnear

  • 01:12

    Arnold Schoenberg

    Verklarte Nacht

    Performers: Berliner Philharmoniker


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