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Words and Music: Transformations

Jonathan Keeble and Kim Gerard read literature inspired by change, with music performed by soprano Stephanie Corley and Northern Sinfonia. Recorded at the Free Thinking festival.

Jonathan Keeble and Kim Gerard join soprano Stephanie Corley, pianist Kate Thompson and members of Northern Sinfonia to perform a special edition of Words & Music exploring themes of change. Recorded live at the Free Thinking festival at The Sage Gateshead, the programme's transformations include those caused by ageing, cosmetic surgery, medical experiment, divine intervention and technology. With poetry and prose by Mary Shelley, Franz Kafka, Ted Hughes, Roald Dahl and Alan Bennett, and music by Saint-Saens, Strauss, Shostakovich and Schoenberg. Presented by Ian McMillan.

David Papp & Clara Nissen (producers).

1 hour, 15 minutes

Music Played

  • Ted Hughes

    Tales from Ovid (excerpt), reader Jonathan Keeble

  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Verklärte nacht (beginning)

    Performer: Northern Sinfonia

  • Mary Shelley

    Frankenstein (excerpt), reader Jonathan Keeble

  • Carl Hiaasen

    Skin Tight (excerpt), reader Kim Gerard

  • Bernard Herrmann

    The Murder (from Psycho)

    Performer: Northern Sinfonia

  • Ted Hughes

    Pygmalion (from Tales from Ovid), reader Jonathan Keeble

  • Richard Strauss

    Morgen (Op. 27, No.4)

    Performer: Stephanie Corley (soprano), Kate Thompson (piano), Kyra Humphreys (violin)

  • Franz Kafka

    Metamorphosis, reader Kim Gerard

  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Devil's Dance (from The Soldier's Tale)

    Performer: Northern Sinfonia

  • Charles Baudelaire, trans. David Papp

    La chambre double, reader Jonathan Keeble

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Recitative (from String Quartet No. 11 in F minor)

    Performer: Northern Sinfonia

  • Oliver Sacks

    Awakenings, reader Kim Gerard

  • Jack Yellen & Milton Ager

    Big Boy!

    Performer: Stephanie Corley (soprano), Kate Thompson (piano)

  • Roald Dahl

    George’s Marvellous Medicine, readers Jonathan Keeble & Kim Gerard

  • György Ligeti

    Molto vivace. Capriccioso

    Performer: Northern Sinfonia

  • György Ligeti

    Allegro grazioso (from 6 Bagatelles for Wind Quintet)

    Performer: Northern Sinfonia

  • Sylvia Plath

    Mushrooms, reader Jonathan Keeble

  • Johannes Brahms

    Adagio mesto (from Horn Trio, Op. 40)

    Performer: Tim Thorpe (horn), Kyra Humphreys (violin), Kate Thompson (piano)

  • Gerard Manley Hopkins

    Binsey Poplars (Felled 1879), reader Kim Gerard

  • Alan Bennett

    Untold Stories (excerpt), reader Jonathan Keeble

  • Traditional English Folk-Song

    General Ludd's Triumph

    Performer: Stephanie Corley (soprano), Kate Thompson (piano)

  • Don Paterson

    The Machine, reader Kim Gerard

  • Andrew Crumey

    Mr Mee, reader Jonathan Keeble

  • Francis Poulenc

    Finale (Prestissimo - subito tres lent) (from Sextet for Piano & Wind)

    Performer: Northern Sinfonia, Kate Thompson (piano)

  • Simon Gray

    The Smoking Diaries, reader Jonathan Keeble

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Tortoises (from Carnival of the Animals)

    Performer: Northern Sinfonia, Kate Thompson (piano)

  • Dorothy Nimmo

    Ill-Wishing Him, reader Kim Gerard

  • Claude Debussy

    Syrinx

    Performer: Juliette Bausor (flute)

  • John Donne

    The Good-Morrow, reader Jonathan Keeble

  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Verklärte nacht (conclusion)

    Performer: Northern Sinfonia

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