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Take Me to the River

Texts and music inspired by rivers, with readings by Juliet Stevenson and Jamie Glover. Includes Wordsworth, Pound and Clare, plus music by Tippett, Delius, Gorecki and Ellington.

Every Sunday evening Radio 3 brings you a sequence of music, poetry and prose on a theme, this week inspired by rivers.

Tonight, Juliet Stevenson and Jamie Glover read poetry and prose by Wordsworth, U.A. Fanthorpe, Ezra Pound, John Clare and Elizabeth Jennings with music by Tippett, Delius, Duke Ellington, Gorecki and Talking Heads.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 5 Dec 2010 22:15

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Jean Sibelius

    Pastorale – Pelleas and Melisande

    • Summer Nights.
    • FINLANDIA 8573856042.
  • Kenneth Grahame

    Wind in the Willows read by Jamie Glover

  • 00:02

    Percy Grainger

    Spoon River

    Performers: BBC Philharmonic, Richard Hickox (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN9839.
  • Alice Oswald

    River read by Juliet Stevenson

  • 00:06

    Philip Glass

    Tapajos River

    • Uakti – Aguas da Amazonia.
    • Omm0026.
  • U.A. Fanthorpe

    Rising Damp read by Juliet Stevenson

  • 00:11

    Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

    Szeroka Woda

    Performers: Lira Chamber Chorus, Lucy Ding – conductor

    • ELEKTRA NONESUCH 7559793482.
  • Osip Mandelstam

    The Factories Bathing in the Moscow River read by Juliet Stevenson

  • 00:16

    Modest Mussorgsky

    Khovanshchina Prelude

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti (conductor)

    • DECCA 4176892.
  • Ted Hughes

    If read by Jamie Glover

  • 00:22

    Randy Newman

    Louisiana 1927

    • Good Old Boys.
    • REPRISE 927 214-2.
  • Katrina Porteous

    Long Nanny Burn read by Juliet Stevenson

  • 00:26

    Talking Heads

    Take me to the River

    • More Songs about Buildings and Food.
    • SIRE K256532.
  • John Clare

    The Ford read by Jamie Glover

  • 00:32

    George Butterworth

    The Banks of Green Willow

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Gordan Nikolitch (leader), Richard Hickox (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN9902.
  • Donald Davie

    Green River read by Jamie Glover

  • 00:37

    Frederick Delius

    Summer Night on the River

    Performers: Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner (conductor)

    • Delius Concert.
    • LONDON 4213902.
  • John Burnside

    In Avon read by Juliet Stevenson

  • 00:44

    Aaron Copland

    At the River

    Performers: Marilyn Horne (mezzo soprano), English Chamber Orchestra, Carl Davis (conductor)

    • The World of Aaron Copland.
    • DECCA 473 146-2.
  • Robert Lowell

    The Charles River read by Jamie Glover

  • 00:48

    Ferde Grofé

    Albany Night Boat – Hudson River Suite

    Performer: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, William Stromberg (conductor)

    • Death Valley Suite.
    • NAXOS 8559017.
  • Ezra Pound

    The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter read by Juliet Stevenson

  • 00:54

    Bright Sheng

    The Stream Flows – China Dreams

    Performers: Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Samuel Wong (Musical Director)

    • Orchestral Works.
    • NAXOS 8555866.
  • Charles Causley

    Eden Rock read by Charles Causley

  • 01:02

    Paul Robeson

    Deep River

    • Paul Robeson Volume 2.
    • MEMOIR CDMOIR426.
  • Elizabeth Jennings

    Water Music read by Juliet Stevenson

  • 01:06

    Sally Beamish

    Cello Concerto 'River' – Low Water

    Performers: Robert Cohen (cello), Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Ola Rudner (conductor)

    • BIS CD971.

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