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Route Nationale

A journey around provincial France, as Jonathan Firth and Haydn Gwynne read poetry and prose by Paul Verlaine, Gillaume Apollinaire, Elizabeth David and Peter Mayle, with accompanying music by Ravel, Berlioz, Canteloube, Cécile Chaminade and Charles Trenet.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 15 Aug 2010 22:45

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Charles Trenet

    Route Nationale No 7

    Performer: Charles Trenet

    • Columbia/EMI 7465672.
  • Charles Tomlinson

    La Rochelle read by Jonathan Firth

  • Heather Phillipson

    Le Parc read by Haydn Gwynne

  • 00:03

    Déodat de Séverac

    En Languedoc, A Cheval Dans La Prairie

    Performer: Izumi Tateno, piano

    • Finlandia 8573-87181-2.
  • Elizabeth David

    French Country Cooking (extract from introduction) read by Haydn Gwynne

  • 00:09

    Maurice Ravel

    Matinée de Provence

    Performer: Choeur & Orchestre de Paris-Sorbonne, Dennis Rouger (Chorus-Master), Jacques Grimbert (Conductor)

    • Marco Polo 8.223755.
  • Duncan Forbes

    Gironde July read by Jonathan Firth

  • 00:14

    Michel Legrand

    Les Parapluies de Cherbourg

    Performer: The Flemish Radio Orchestra, Michel Legrand (Conductor)

    • Silva Screen Records SILCD1185.
  • Gustave Flaubert

    Madame Bovary (extract) read by Haydn Gwynne

  • 00:21

    Traditional - Wie Schön Bist Du (Comme Tu Es Belle)

    Performer: L’Ensemble National de France

  • Arthur Rimbaud, translated by Martin Sorrell

    To Music read by Jonathan Firth

  • 00:25

    Darius Milhaud

    Suite Française Op. 248, Bretagne

    Performer: Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Georges Prêtre (Conductor)

    • Brilliant Classics 9007/2.
  • Peter Mayle

    A Year in Provence (extract) read by Jonathan Firth

  • 00:30

    Jean-Claude Petit

    Jean de Florette

    Performer: Jean Claude Petit

    • Milan CD CH241.
  • Kate Bingham

    Beaujolais read by Haydn Gwynne

  • 00:34

    Henri Dutilleux

    Timbres, Espaces, Mouvement avec Interlude, Interlude

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier (Conductor)

    • Milan CD CH241.
  • Guillaume Apollinaire, translated by Oliver Bernard

    Autumn Crocuses read by Jonathan Firth

  • Mary O’Donnell

    Café Terrace at Night, 1888 read by Haydn Gwynne

  • 00:39

    Georges Bizet

    L'Arlésienne – Suite No 1, Minuet

    Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham (Conductor)

    • EMI CDC-7 47794 2.
  • Paul Verlaine

    The Noise of Bars read by Jonathan Firth

  • Pascalle Monnier, translated by Cole Swensen

    Summer read by Haydn Gwynne

  • 00:44

    Olivier Messiaen

    Chronochromie, Introduction

    Performer: The Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez, (Conductor)

    • Deutsche Grammophon 445 827-2.
  • Jacques Dupin, translated by Paul Auster

    Even If the Mountain read by Jonathan Firth

  • 00:50

    Cécile Louise Chaminade

    La Lune Paresseuse

    Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo-Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)

    • Deutsche Grammophon 471 331-2.
  • Paul de Roux, translated by Stephen Romer

    The Cold Again read by Jonathan Firth

  • 00:53

    Déodat de Séverac

    Le Chant De La Terre, Prologue

    Performer: Izumi Tateno (Piano)

    • Finlandia 8573-87181-2.
  • Jacques Réda, translated by Stephen Romer

    Autumn Distance read by Haydn Gwynne

  • 00:56

    Joseph Canteloube

    Obal, Din Lou Limouzi

    Performer: Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Orchestre de Concerts Lamoureux, Jean-Pierre Jacquillat (Conductor)

    • EMI 7243 5 66978 2 9.

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