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Poetry and music on the theme of enemies. Struan Rodger and Siobhan Redmond read William Blake, Dorothy Parker, Baudelaire with music from Bach, Walton and Shirley Bassey.

One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good. So said Jonathan Swift, and this week's Words and Music takes a closer look at what we have to fear from those who wish us harm. Struan Rodger and Siobhan Redmond read work by William Blake, Dorothy Parker, Charles Baudelaire, Penelope Shuttle and Naomi Shihab Nye, with music from Mozart, Handel, Berlioz and Shirley Bassey.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 22 Aug 2010 22:30

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    "Mozart's Requiem" Adagio

    After Mozart Performer: Yuli Turovsky, I Musici de Montréal, Marc-André Hamelin

    • Chandos CHAN 9149.
  • Naomi Shihab Nye

    What He Said to His Enemies, read by Struan Rodger

  • 00:02

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet No. 17 in B flat ("Hunt")

    Performer: Alban Berg Quartet

    • EMI CDC 7 54052 2.
  • J P Dancing Bear

    Natural Enemies, read by Siobhan Redmond

  • Siegfried Sassoon

    Enemies, read by Struan Rodger

  • 00:10

    Robert Schumann

    Waldszenen, Verrufene Stelle (Haunted Spot)

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy

    • DECCA 421 290-2.
  • Penelope Shuttle

    Thief, read by Siobhan Redmond

  • 00:18

    György Kurtág

    Messages of the Late Miss R. V. Troussova, Op 17, Loneliness, The day has fallen

    Performer: Rosemary Hardy, Ensemble Modern, Peter Eötvös

    • Sony Classical SK 53 290.
  • 00:20

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Wellington's Victory, Op 49

    Performer: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel

    • Masterworks CD 37252.
  • Adam Hansen

    Skopje, 17-18 March 2004, read by Struan Rodger

  • 00:27

    Bruce Springsteen

    Your Own Worst Enemy

    Performer: Bruce Springsteen

    • Columbia 88697170602.
  • Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters

    Bruises Heal, read by Siobhan Redmond

  • 00:31

    Leonard Bernstein

    West Side Story

    Performer: Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Ollmann, Orchestra and Chorus

    • Deutsche Grammophon 415 253-2.
  • 00:34

    Giuseppe Tartini

    Sonata in G Minor 'Il trillo del Diavolo'

    Performer: The Locatelli Trio

    • Hyperion CDD22061.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle

    Excerpt from The Final Problem, read by Struan Rodger

  • 00:41

    George Frideric Handel

    Israel in Egypt

    Performer: John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra

    • Erato 2292-45399-2.
  • 00:43

    John Barry


    Performer: Shirley Bassey

    • EMI CDP-7-95345-2.
  • Dorothy Parker

    Mortal Enemy, read by Siobhan Redmond

  • 00:46

    Dory Previn and André Previn

    Can't We be Enemies

    Performer: Dory Previn, André Previn

    • DRG Records MRS 503.
  • CHARLES BAUDELAIRE, translated by William A Sigler

    The Enemy, read by Struan Rodger

  • 00:50

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Sonata for Piano and Violin no 9 in A major (Kreutzer Sonata)

    Performer: Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer

    • Deutsche Grammophon 447 054-2.
  • 00:58

    Hector Berlioz

    Les Troyens

    Performer: Sir Colin Davis, Michelle DeYoung, London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus

    • LSO 0010 CD.
  • Edna St Vincent Millay

    Weeds, read by Siobhan Redmond

  • 01:02

    Pavel Grigorievich Chesnokov

    Hasten to intercept your enemies

    Performer: Children and Male Choir of the Moscow Choral Academy, Viktor Popov

    • Saison Russe/Le Chant du Monde LDC 288 066.
  • Brian Turner

    What Every Soldier Should Know, read by Struan Rodger

  • 01:05

    Giacomo Puccini

    Tosca, Vissi d'arte

    Performer: Maria Callas, Victor de Sabata, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano

    • EMI 7243 5 56304 2 1.
  • William Blake

    A Poison Tree, read by Struan Rodger

  • 01:09

    Henry Thacker Burleigh

    Go Down Moses

    Performer: Paul Robeson, Lawrence Brown

    • Pearl, GEMM CD 9264.


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