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Ancient Greece

Actors Tim McMullan and Clare Higgins read poems and prose extracts by Shakespeare, Keats, Auden and Homer etc on the subject of Ancient Greece. With music by Schubert, Tippett, Bernstein, Stravinsky and Ravel

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 24 Oct 2010 22:15

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Maurice Ravel

    Lever du jour from Daphnis et Chloe, Lever du jour from Daphnis et Chloe

    Performer: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

    • DG4594392.
  • Keats

    On first looking into Chapman’s Homer (CH)

  • Homer (trans by George Chapman)

    Beg of The Odyssey (CH)

  • 00:06



    Performer: CBSO, Simon Rattle

    • EMI 7542772.
  • Cavafy (trans Edmund Keeley & Philip Sherrard)

    Ithaka (CH)

  • 00:11

    Henri Duparc

    L'invitation au voyage

    Performer: Barbara Hendricks, soprano, Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon, John Eliot Gardiner

    • EMI7496892.
  • Tennyson

    Ulysses (TM)

  • 00:20

    Jacques Offenbach

    Couplets des Rois from La belle Helene

    Performer: Various soloists, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski

    • Virgin45477.
  • Marlowe

    Faust’s speech from Dr Faustus (TM)

  • 00:24

    Richard Strauss

    Zweite Brautnacht from Die Agyptische Helene

    Performer: Deborah Voigt, Helen, American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein

    • Telarc80605.
  • Shakespeare

    Intro to Troilus and Cressida (CH)

  • 00:30


    Start of King Priam ("War! War!")

    Performer: London Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta Chorus, David Atherton

    • Chandos9406.
  • W. H. Auden

    The Shield of Achilles (TM)

  • 00:35


    O rich-soiled land from King Priam

    Performer: Robert Tear, Achilles, Timothy Walker, guitar, David Atherton

    • Chandos9406.
  • Cavafy (trans Edmund Keeley & Philip Sherrard)

    The Horses of Achilles (CH)

  • 00:40

    Leonard Bernstein

    Agathon from Serenade (after Plato's Symposium)

    Performer: Gidon Kremer, violin, Israel Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

    • DG447947.
  • Plato (trans Benjamin Jowett)

    Agathon’s speech from the Symposium (TM)

  • Racine (trans by Robert Bruce Boswell)

    from Phaedra (CH)

  • 00:50

    Benjamin Britten

    Start of Phaedra to "I want your sword's spasmodic final inch"

    Performer: Ann Murray, mezzo, ECO, Steuart Bedford

    • Collins70372.
  • Goethe (trans Stephen Plunkett)

    Ganymede (CH)

  • 00:57



    Performer: Ian Bostridge, tenor, Julius Drake, piano

    • EMI56347.
  • Yeats

    Leda and the Swan (TM)

  • 01:02

    Igor Stravinsky

    Prologue to Apollon Musagete

    Performer: Sinfonietta de Montreal, Charles Dutoit

    • Decca440327.
  • Matthew Arnold

    Apollo Musagetes (TM)

  • 01:09

    Richard Strauss

    End of An dem Baum Daphne

    Performer: BBC Singers, Choristers of Kings College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury

    • Collins14952.


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