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The Sky Smiles Down

Poetry and music on the theme of summer, with readings by Fiona Shaw and Robert Glenister. With writings by Clare, Heaney and Emily Dickinson plus music by Gershwin, Delius and Suk.

Fiona Shaw and Robert Glenister read poetry and prose on the theme of summer - from John Clare's 'Shepherd's Calendar', the misery of having to go to school on a Scottish summer morning, Walt Whitman's 'mad, naked summer night' and Jay Gatsby's party with music from George Gershwin, Dvorak, Joan Baez, Mendelssohn and Toru Takemitsu.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sat 11 Sep 2010 18:00

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Modest Mussorgsky

    Tuileries (Pictures at an Exhibition)

    Performers: Wiener Philharmoniker, Andre Previn – conductor

    • PHILIPS 432512.
  • Emily Dickinson

    My Garden, read by Fiona Shaw

  • Wordsworth

    Summer Vacation from The Prelude, read by Robert Glenister

  • 00:01

    Judith Weir

    Sumer is i-cumen in (Themes and Variations)

    Performers: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jac van Steen – conductor

    • NMCD062.
  • William Blake

    The Schoolboy, read by Robert Glenister

  • 00:05

    Joan Baez

    Never dreamed you'd leave in summer

    • Diamonds and Rust.
    • A&M 3932332.
  • 00:08

    Gustav Mahler

    po di Menuetto (Symphony no 3)

    Performers: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink – conductor

    • CSOR901701.
  • August Kleinzahler

    The Damselfly, read by Fiona Shaw

  • Paul Laurence Dunbar

    Summer in the South, read by Robert Glenister

  • 00:18

    Olivier Messiaen

    Les Orioles (Des Canyons aux Etoiles)

    Performers: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Myung-Whun Chung – conductor

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald

    from The Great Gatsby, read by Fiona Shaw

  • 00:25

    Charlie Parker's Reboppers

    Once upon a summertime

    Performer: Gil Evans – conductor

    • Quiet Nights, Complete Columbia Sessions.
    • CXK 67397.
  • Qabbani

    In the summer, read by Fiona Shaw

  • Walt Whitman

    from Song of Myself, read by Fiona Shaw

  • 00:30

    Manuel de Falla

    Danza Lejana - Nights in the Gardens of Spain

    Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos – conductor

    • DECCA 4102892.
  • Mark Doty

    After the Fourth, read by Robert Glenister

  • 00:37

    John Cage

    Summer (The Seasons)

    Performers: American Composers Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies – conductor

    • ECM 4651402.
  • Mark Strand

    My mother on an evening in late summer, read by Fiona Shaw

  • 00:46

    Gerald Finzi

    In five-score Summers

    Performers: Roderick Williams – baritone, Iain Burnside – piano

    • NAXOS 8557644.
  • 00:47

    Zoltán Kodály

    Summer Evening

    Performers: Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Zoltan Kodaly – conductor

  • 00:53

    Stephen Sondheim

    Night Waltz (A Little Night Music)

    Performer: Richard Rodney Bennett

    • A Different Side of Sondheim.
    • DRGCD5182.
  • Carol Ann Duffy

    Midsummer Night, read by Fiona Shaw

  • 00:57

    Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn – conductor

    • EMI 5749812.
  • Seamus Heaney

    Night Drive, read by Robert Glenister

  • A Teasdale

    Summer Night, Riverside, read by Fiona Shaw

  • 01:04

    George Gershwin


    Performer: Sarah Vaughan

    • The Essential Sarah Vaughan.
    • CBS 4671522.
  • John Clare

    Summer Evening, read by Robert Glenister

  • 01:09

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Water Mill

    Performers: Robert Tear – tenor, Philip Ledger – piano

    • LONDON 4303682.
  • Ted Hughes

    The Harvest Moon, read by Fiona Shaw

  • 01:12

    Toru Takemitsu

    Rain Tree Sketch II

    Performers: Fujita Piano Trio

    • ASV CDDCA1120.
  • John Burnside

    Summer, read by Fiona Shaw

  • 01:17

    Antonín Dvořák

    Adagio (Symphony no 8)

    Performers: Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik – conductor



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