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Carolyn Pickles and Alex Jennings read poetry and prose inspired by ice. With work from Wordsworth, Byron and Diski, and music from Vaughan Williams, Messiaen and Schubert.

In the second episode of programmes inspired by Robert Frost's poem Fire and Ice Carolyn Pickles and Alex Jennings read poetry and prose on the theme of ice. Fly with the Snow Queen, past the vivid blue icebergs of Antarctica and on to Byron's cold, dark vision of the end of the world.

You'll hear music by Purcell, Vaughan-Wiliams, Rachmaninov and Eliza Carthy as well as poems and prose from Charles Dickens, William Wordsworth, Edmund Spenser, Simon Armitage and Jenny Diski.

Producer Fiona McLean.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Wed 28 Dec 2011 16:30

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Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Climbing the Glacier

    Performer: Darius Battiwalla, BBC Philharmonic, Yuri Torchinsky, Rumon Gamba

    • Chandos.
  • Robert Frost

    Fire and Ice read by Alex Jennings

  • 00:01

    Frederick Delius

    Winter Landscape, North Country Sketches

    Performer: Ulster Orchestra, Vernon Handley

    • Chandos.
  • Edmund Spenser

    Ice and Fire read by Carolyn Pickles

  • 00:06

    Henry Purcell

    The Frost Scene, King Arthur

    Performer: Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists

    • Erato.
  • 00:08

    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Winter Dreams

    Conductor: Riccardo Muti

    • 3.
  • Charles Dickens

    Pickwick Papers read by Carolyn Pickles

  • 00:17

    Josef Strauss

    Eislauf op. 261

    Performer: Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Robert Stolz

    • Eurodisk.
  • William Wordsworth

    The Prelude read by Alex Jennings

  • 00:20

    Sergey Rachmaninov


    Performer: Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

    • Telarc.
  • 00:26

    Terje Isungset


    Performer: Terje Isungset, Iro Haarla, Arve Henriksen, Hilmar Jensson, Skuli Sverrison

    • Unknown Public.
  • Simon Armitage

    The Present read by Alex Jennings

  • 00:27

    Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Melancholy, Cantus Arcticus

    Performer: Richard Stoltzman, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Segerstam

    • Ondine.
  • Jenny Diski

    Skating to Antarctica read by Carolyn Pickles

  • 00:32

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Sherzo, Sinfonia Antartica

    Performer: Bryden Thomson, The London Symphony Chorus, The London Symphony Orchestra, Roderick Elms, Catherine Bott

    • Chandos.
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Mont Blanc read by Carolyn Pickles

  • 00:40

    Henry Purcell

    Cold Song

    Performer: Klaus Nomi

    • BMG.
  • Hans Christian Andersen

    The Snow Queen read by Alex Jennings

  • 00:45

    Sergei Prokofiev

    Danilo meets his fellow villagers, The Tale of the Stone Flower

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic, Yuri Torchinsky, Gianandrea Noseda

    • Chandos.
  • 00:47

    Giacomo Puccini

    Che gelida manina from La Boheme

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly

    • 8.
  • W.B. Yeats

    The Cold Heaven read by Alex Jennings

  • 00:53

    Franz Schubert

    Looking Back, Winterreise

    Performer: Ian Bostridge, Leif Ove Andsnes

    • EMI.
  • 00:55

    Olivier Messiaen

    Le Chocard des Alpes, Catalogue d'Oiseaux

    Performer: Martin Zehn

    • Arte Nova.
  • Helen Dunmore

    Ice Coming read by Carolyn Pickles

  • 00:58


    The Snow It Melts the Soonest

    Performer: Eliza Carthy, Saul Rose, Tristan Glover

    • Topic.
  • Lord Byron (Actual In Time: 01:01:40)

    Darkness by Alex Jennings

  • 01:00

    George Benjamin

    A Mind of Winter (Actual In Time: 01:02:00)

    Performer: London Sinfonietta, George Benjamin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mark Elder

    • Nimbus.


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