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The Four Temperaments

Actors Joe Dunlop and Joanna Tope read a selection of poetry and prose about the four temperaments by Wordsworth, John Donne, Dylan Thomas, Milton and Chaucer with music by Dowland, Holst, Britten and Bruckner.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 16 Mar 2014 19:30

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Lark Ascending (extract)

    Performer: Nicola Benedetti (violin) Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Andrew Litton (conductor)

    • DG 476619 Tr1.
  • William Wordsworth

    Calm is all nature as a resting wheel, reader Joanna Tope

  • Alexander Pope

    The Quiet Life, reader Joe Dunlop

  • 00:05

    Claude Debussy

    En bateau from "Petite Suite"

    Performer: Katia and Marielle Labeque (piano)

    • Philips 454471 Tr4.
  • John Donne

    The Calm, reader Joanna Tope

  • 00:11

    Jonathan Harvey

    Wheel of emptiness (extract)

    Performer: Ictus Performer: Georges-Elie Octors (conductor)

    • Cyprus 5604 Tr1.
  • Arthur Schopenhauer (trans Portbury)

    The World as Will & Idea (extract), reader Joe Dunlop

  • 00:16

    Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No 8 (extract from Part 1)

    Performer: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Performer: Georg Solti (conductor)

    • Decca 430804 CD9 Tr5.
  • 00:18

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    'Ha! Welch ein Augenblick' from Fidelio

    Performer: Karl Ridderbusch Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Performer: Herbert Von Karajan (conductor)

    • EMI 387787 CD48 Tr13.
  • William Shakespeare

    Hotspur’s Speech from Henry IV Part 1, reader Joe Dunlop

  • 00:23

    Carl Nielsen

    Allegro collerico from Symphony No 2 "The 4 Temperaments" (extract)

    Performer: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra Performer: Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

    • CBS 44934 Tr1.
  • Dylan Thomas

    Do not go gentle into that good night, reader Joanna Tope

  • 00:26

    Alexander Scriabin

    Prometheus (extract)

    Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)

    • Decca 417252 Tr5.
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (trans Edgar Alfred Bowring)

    Prometheus, reader Joe Dunlop

  • 00:31

    Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No 8 (extract from 1st Movement)

    Performer: Staatskapelle Dresden Performer: Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor)

    • DG 447744 CD1 Tr1.
  • George Herbert

    The Collar, reader Joanna Tope

  • 00:34

    John Dowland

    In darkness let me dwell

    Performer: Andreas Scholl (countertenor) Performer: Edin Karamazov (lute)

    • Decca 466-917-2 Tr3.
  • 00:38

    Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    The Shadow of Night (extract)

    Performer: The Hallé Performer: Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor)

    • NMC 156 Tr2.
  • Robert Burton

    Anatomy of Melancholy (extract), reader Joe Dunlop

  • John Milton

    Il Penseroso (extract), reader Joe Dunlop

  • 00:45

    Benjamin Britten

    Lachrymae (extract)

    Performer: Roger Chase (viola) Performer: Nash Ensemble Performer: Lionel Friend (conductor)

    • Hyperion 66845 Trs12, 16, 17.
  • Alfred Tennyson

    Marianna, reader Joanna Tope

  • 00:52

    Benjamin Britten

    Nocturnal (Passacaglia)

    Performer: Craig Ogden (guitar)

    • Hyperion 67648 Tr16.
  • 00:58

    George Frideric Handel

    L'Allegro (Haste thee nymph)

    Performer: Ian Bostridge (tenor) Performer: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris Performer: John Nelson (conductor)

    • Virgin 545417 CD1 Tr5.
  • John Milton

    L’allegro (extract) , reader Joanna Tope

  • 01:04

    Gustav Holst

    Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity, from the Planets (extract)

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Performer: Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

    • DG 400028 Tr4.
  • Geoffrey Chaucer (trans Joseph Glaser)

    The Franklin from the General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales, reader Joanna Tope

  • William Shakespeare

    Falstaff’s monologue from Henry IV Part 2, reader Joe Dunlop

  • 01:11

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Falstaff (Tutto nel mondo e burla)

    Performer: Tito Gobbi (Falstaff) Performer: Elizabeth Schwarzkopf (Mistress Ford) Performer: Nan Merriman (Mistress Page) Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus Performer: Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

    • EMI 749668 CD2 Tr26.

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