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Music and poems on the theme of constraint. Siobhan Redmond and John Rowe read poems and prose by Rosa Luxemburg and Andrew Marvell, with music by Ethel Smyth and Poulenc.

A sequence of music, poems and prose on the theme of constraint. Artists have struggled against restriction, yearning for freedom and yet edges and boundaries can also be tremendous stimuli. Siobhan Redmond and John Rowe read poems and prose by Rosa Luxemburg, Andrew Marvell, Billy Collins and Emily Dickinson with music by Ethel Smyth, John Cage, Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc.

Producer: Natalie Steed.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 25 Sep 2011 18:30

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Jean Sibelius

    The Oak Tree (Ariel) Plays the Flute, from The Tempest, Op. 109, Incidental Music to Shake

    Performer: Lahti Symphony Orchestra, cond. Osmo Vänskä

    • BIS CD581.
    • 9.
  • Andrew Marvell

    A Dialogue Between the Soul and the Body

  • 00:04

    Purcell (arr Barbirolli)

    Suite for Strings, Woodwind and Horns, I. Andante maestoso – Allegro (The Gordian Knot Unt

    Performer: Halle Orchestra, cond. Barbirolli

    • 05.
  • 00:09

    John Cage

    Sonata 2, Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano

    Performer: Gerard Fremy, Prepared piano

    • ETCETERA KTC2001.
    • 02.
  • Billy Collins


  • 00:11

    Dave Brubeck

    Unsquare Dance

    Performer: Dave Brubeck Quartet

    • SONY MUSIC B00004ZB1Y.
    • 01.
  • Christian Bök

    “I”, from Eunoia

  • 00:14

    Leonard Bernstein

    Carried Away from On The Town

    Performer: Betty Comden and Adolph Green

    • COLUMBIA CK2038.
    • 03.
  • Emily Dickinson

    They Shut Me Up in Prose

  • 00:17

    Johann Sebastian Bach

    Canon 2 Per augmentationem contrario motu, from Ein Musicalisches Opfer

    Performer: Concentus musicus Wien, Cond Nikolaus Harnoncourt

    • TELDEC 2292427482.
    • 06.
  • William Wordsworth

    Nuns Fret Not

  • 00:20

    Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Aquarium, from Le Carnaval des Animaux

    Performer: The London Sinfonietta, Cond Charles Dutoit

    • DECCA 4144602.
    • 07.
  • Jane Austen

    from Mansfield Park

  • 00:22

    Muzio Clementi

    Piùttosto allegro con espressione from Sonata in F Sharp Minor

    Performer: Balázs Szokolay, piano

    • NAXOS 8550452.
    • 03.
  • T S Eliot


  • 00:30

    Richard Thomas

    Richard Thomas - Laughing Aria

    Performer: Lore Lixenberg

  • 00:31

    H. Wieniawski / Arr H. Schiff

    Scherzo-Tarantella, Op 16

    Performer: cello Heinrich Schiff, piano Samuel Sanders

    • PHILIPS 4424092.
    • 01.
  • Edward Baugh

    Hedge Trimming

  • 00:37

    Ethel Smyth

    Elegy (In Memorium): Adagio, from Concerto for violin, horn and orchestra

    Performer: Sophie Langdon, violin, Richard Watkins, horn, BBC Philharmonic, Odaline de la Martinez

    • CHANDOS CHAN9449.
    • 06.
  • 00:44

    Benjamin Britten

    Niobe, (Andante), from Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, for solo Oboe

    Performer: Roy Carter, Oboe

    • EMI CDC5553982.
    • 14.
  • Seamus Heaney

    The Grauballe Man

  • 00:47

    Igor Stravinsky

    (Le Chant du Rossignol


  • James Stephens

    The Cage

  • 00:49

    Johnny Cash

    Folsom Prison Blues

    Performer: Johnny Cash

  • 00:54

    Giacomo Puccini

    Giacomo Puccini - E lucevan le Stella from Tosca

    Performer: Placido Domingo, Philharmonia Orchestra, Cond. Giuseppe Sinopoli

  • 00:58

    Olivier Messiaen

    V. Louange à L'Eternite de Jésus, Quatuor pour la fin du temps

    Performer: Gil Shahm, violin, Paul Meyer, Clarinet, Jian Wang Violoncello, Myung-Whun Chung piano

    • 05.
  • Rosa Luxemborg

    Diary Extract, Breslau Prison, December 1917

  • Siegfried Sassoon

    Everyone Sang

  • 01:09

    Francis Poulenc

    Liberté, from Figure Humaine

    Performer: Tenebrae, musical director Nigel Short

    • Signum Classics SIGCD197.
    • 19.


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