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Texts and music on the theme of exile, with readings by Frances Barber and Greg Hicks. With Shakespeare, Yeats and Shelley, plus music by Chabrier, Byrd, Bach and Bob Marley.

Frances Barber and Greg Hicks read poetry and prose exploring the theme of exile. The texts look at differing reactions to being away from home and its effects, or thinking that home should be somewhere other than it is. Shakespeare, Du Maurier, Italo Calvino, WB Yeats, AE Housman, Browning, Shelley, John Clare, Edward Lear, and Emily Dickinson provide the words; music from Chabrier, Byrd, Bach and Bob Marley, among others.
Produced by David Papp.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Music Played

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

  • Anon., Anglo Saxon

    The Seafarer, reader Greg Hicks

  • 00:00

    Arnold Bax

    Tintagel [excerpt]

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli (conductor)

    • EMI CDC 7 47984 2.
  • 00:06

    Mons Leidvin Takle


    Performer: Christopher Herrick (organ)

    • Hyperion CDA67577.
    • 10.
  • Edward Lear

    The Jumblies, reader Frances Barber

  • 00:10

    William Byrd

    Quomodo cantibus [excerpt]

    Performer: The Cardinall’s Musik, Andrew Carwood (director)

    • ASV CD GAU 179.
  • Anon. [from The Bible]

    Psalm 137, reader Frances Barber

  • 00:15

    Bob Marley - Africa Unite

    Performer: Bob Marley and the Wailers

  • 00:18

    Benjamin Britten

    Storm Interlude from Peter Grimes

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, Steuart Bedford (conductor)

    • Collins 10192.
  • William Shakespeare

    Storm scene from King Lear, reader Greg Hicks

  • WB Yeats

    The Lake-Isle of Innisfree, reader Frances Barber

  • 00:23

    Antonín Dvořák

    Andante con moto [from Serenade in D minor, Op. 44]

    Performer: Linos Ensemble

    • Capriccio 10 559.
  • Italo Calvino [translated by William Weaver]

    A Journey with the Cows [from “Marcovaldo”], reader Frances Barber

  • 00:33

    Emmauel Chabrier - Idylle [from Dix pieces pittoresques]

    Performer: Alain Planès (piano)

  • 00:37

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis [excerpt]

    Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor)

    • EMI CDC 7 49394 2.
  • Daphne du Maurier

    Rebecca [excerpt], reader Frances Barber

  • AE Housman

    Yon Far Country [from “A Shropshire Lad”], reader Frances Barber

  • 00:43

    Frederick Delius

    A Song of Summer [excerpt]

    Performer: Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Vernon Handley

    • EMI CD-CPF 4568.
  • Robert Browning

    Home-Thoughts, from Abroad, reader Greg Hicks

  • 00:45

    Dmitry Shostakovich

    Serenade from String Quartet No. 15 [excerpt]

    Performer: Borodin String Quartet

    • BMG 74321 40717 2.
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley

    England in 1819, reader Greg Hicks

  • 00:47

    John Cage

    Sonata III

    Performer: Boris Berman (prepared piano)

    • BMG 74321 40717 2.
  • Emily Dickinson

    Away from Home, reader Frances Barber

  • 00:49

    John Stafford Smith

    The Star-Spangled Banner

    Lyricist: Francis Scott Key.

    Performer: Gregg Smith Singers, Robert Craft (conductor)

    • MusicMasters 01612-67113-2.
  • Leo Rosten

    The Education of Hyman Kaplan [excerpt], reader Greg Hicks

  • 00:52

    John Philip Sousa

    The Stars and Stripes Forever

    Performer: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi (conductor)

    • Chandos CHAN 9227.
  • Primo Levi

    If This is a Man [excerpt], reader Greg Hicks

  • 00:57

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Cavatina [from String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 130]

    Performer: Takács Quartet

    • Decca 470 849-2.
  • John Clare

    I Am, reader Greg Hicks

  • 01:06

    Johann Sebastian Bach

    Agnus Dei & Dona nobis pacem

    Performer: Dunedi Consort & Players, John Butt (director)

    • Linn CDK 354.


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