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Ideas of Wilderness

Words and music exploring ideas of wilderness from all corners of the globe, with readings by Jenny Agutter and Anton Lesser. Works are by Auden, Jeffers Robinson and Han Shan.

Jenny Agutter and Anton Lesser explore ideas of wilderness from all corners of the globe, reading works by WH Auden, eco-writer Jeffers Robinson, the Australian Elizabeth Brown, Shackleton and the Taoist wilderness literature of Ancient China. Music includes excerpts from Messiaen's Des Canyons aux Etoiles, Redolfi's Mare Teno, Purcell's Solitude and Shostakovich's 8th String Quartet.

1 hour, 15 minutes

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  • 00:00

    Paul Reade

    Aspects of Landscape (extract)

    Performers: Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

    • Leman LC 42801.
  • Chia Tao

    Evening Landscape, Clearing Snow read by Jenny Agutter

  • 00:00

    Michel Redolfi

    Mare Teno

    Performers: Thomas Bloch (ondes martenot)

    • Naxos 8.555779.
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    Frost at Midnight read by Anton Lesser

  • 00:06

    Frédéric Chopin - Nocturne No.5 in F-sharp major, Op.15 No.2 (Larghetto)

    Performers: Maria Joao Pires (piano)

  • Wilderness Act

    Wilderness Act - Public Law 88-566, September 3, 1964 read by Anton Lesser

  • Robinson Jeffers

    Shine, Perishing Republic read by Jenny Agutter

  • 00:15

    African American Spritual

    Go in the Wilderness

    Performers: The Princely Players

    • Smithsonian Folkways 40072.
  • Gerald Manley Hopkins

    Inversnaid read by Anton Lesser

  • 00:16

    Jean Sibelius

    The Swan of Tuonela

    Performers: Jukka Hirvikangas (cor anglais), Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vanska (conductor)

    • BIS CD 1015.
  • 00:26

    Paul Reade

    Aspects of Landscape (extract)

    Performers: Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

    • Leman LC 42801.
  • Han Shan

    220 read by Jenny Agutter

  • 00:26

    Dmitri Shostakovich

    String Quartet No 8 - Largo (4th movement)

    Performers: Brodsky Quartet

    • Teldec 244 919-2.
  • Shackleton

    Beyond all Former Footsteps (extract) read by Anton Lesser

  • W. H. Auden

    Journey to Iceland (AL & JA)

  • 00:35

    Medieval Icelandic

    The song of Fire and Ice

    Performers: Sequentia

    • DHM 05472773812.
  • 00:37

    György Ligeti

    Magany (Solitude)

    Performers: Groupe vocal de France

    • EMI 7540962.
  • Robert Herrick

    His Change read by Anton Lesser

  • Edgar Allan Poe

    The City in the Sea read by Jenny Agutter

  • 00:41

    Henry Purcell

    O Solitude, My Sweetest Choice

    Performers: James Bowman (countertenor)

    • Hyperion CDA66253.
  • Skeaping/Jeffrey

    In the Wilderness -timeless evocation: solo tambour

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    Sand of the Desert in an Hour-Glass read by Anton Lesser

  • 00:49

    Skeaping/Jeffrey

    Night in the Desert – descending scales: on santur

    • Sounds of the Jewish World.
    • KPM 342.
  • 00:50

    Olivier Messiaen

    Le desert (from Des Canyons aux Etoiles)

    Performers: Yvonne Loriod (piano), Ensemble Ars Nova, Marius Constant (conductor)

    • Erato M2K 44762.
  • Edward Hopper

    Fountains in the Wilderness read by Jenny Agutter

  • 00:55

    Hotteterre

    Dans ces deserts paisable (air)

    Performers: Wilbert Hazelzet (traverse), Konrad Junghanel (theorbo)

    • Glossa GCD920801.
  • 00:59

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony No 3 – Lento Moderato

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (conductor)

    • RCA GD90503.
  • William Wordsworth

    IV on the sight of a manse in the south of Scotland read by Jenny Agutter

  • John Clare

    Bird o’ the wilderness read by Anton Lesser

  • 01:08

    Charlie McMahon

    Ephemeral Lakes

    • Manteca.
  • Elizabeth Brown

    Spiritual Land read by Anton Lesser

  • 01:12

    Paul Reade

    Aspects of Landscape (extract)

    Performers: Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

    • Leman LC 42801.
  • T’ao Ch’ien

    Home Again Among Fields and Gardens read by Jenny Agutter

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