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Texts and music celebrating the many facets of joy, with readings from Jane Horrocks and Rory Kinnear. Includes Hardy and Schiller, plus Handel, Mozart and Judy Garland.

Jane Horrocks and Rory Kinnear are the readers in this sequence of music, poetry and prose celebrating the many facets of joy; with words from Thomas Hardy, Rabindranath Tagore, Friedrich Schiller among others, and music ranging from Handel to Leonard Cohen, and from Mozart to Randall Thompson to Judy Garland.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Fri 23 Dec 2011 17:00

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    George Frideric Handel

    Alleluja (from 'O qualis de coelo sonus')

    Performer: Emma Kirkby (soprano) / London Baroque

  • Psalm 150

    Read by Jane Horrocks

  • 00:02

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Alleluia (from 'Exsultate jubilate')

    Performer: Carolyn Sampson (soprano) / King’s Consort / Robert King

  • Rabindranath Tagore

    Joy, read by Jane Horrocks

  • 00:05

    Ted Koehler & Harold Arlen

    Get Happy

    Performer: Judy Garland / Orchestra conducted by Johnny Green

  • Friedrich Schiller

    Ode to Joy (excerpt), read by Rory Kinnear

  • 00:09

    Thomas Weelkes

    Alleluia, I heard a voice

    Performer: Winchester Cathedral Choir / David Hill

  • WH Davies

    Songs of Joy, read by Rory Kinnear

  • 00:13

    Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart - Hallelujah, I'm a bum

    Performer: Al Jolson (voice) / Guy Lombardi and his Royal Canadians

  • Gerard Manley Hopkins

    Pied Beauty, read by Jane Horrocks

  • 00:16

    Ned Rorem


    Performer: Susan Graham (soprano) / Malcolm Martineau (piano)

  • William Wordsworth

    Daffodils, read by Rory Kinnear

  • 00:20

    Giovanni Gabrieli

    In ecclesiis

    Performer: Gabrieli Consort & Players / Paul McCreesh

  • John Milton

    At a Solemn Music, read by Rory Kinnear

  • 00:29

    Henry Purcell

    Evening Hymn

    Performer: Carolyn Sampson (soprano) / Elizabeth Kenny (theorbo)

  • Ted Hughes

    Swifts (excerpt), read by Jane Horrocks

  • 00:35


    Alleluia posui adiutorium

    Performer: Hilliard Ensemble

  • William Blake

    Eternity, read by Rory Kinnear

  • 00:42

    Igor Stravinsky

    Symphony of Psalms (3rd movement)

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic / Berlin Radio Chorus / Pierre Boulez

  • 00:53

    Leonard Cohen


    Performer: Jeff Buckley (voice and guitar)

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Invocation, read by Rory Kinnear

  • 01:02

    Randall Thompson


    Performer: Harvard University Choir / Murray Forbes Somerville

  • Siegfried Sassoon

    Everyone Sang, read by Rory Kinnear

  • 01:09

    George Frideric Handel

    Hallelujah (from 'Messiah')

    Performer: Gabrieli Consort & Players / Paul McCreesh


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