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99 Words - Episode 1

In the first of two programmes, Liz Gray asks friends, colleagues, artists and political figures, 'If you had breath for no more than 99 words, what would they be?'.

When Liz Gray found herself limited, forced into a strange period of enforced retreat by a whiplash injury the following question came to her mind: if you had breath for no more than 99 words, what would they be?

She began asking friends, colleagues, artists and political figures she admired, gathering together a collection of 99 responses.

In the first of a pair of programmes, she describes the genesis of her '99 Words' project and introduces contributions from, among others, Jeanette Winterson, Robert Wyatt, Scilla Elworthy and Diana Athill.

Produced by Alan Hall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 11 Dec 2011 23:30

Music Played

  • Randy Weston and His African Rhythms Trio

    The Healer

    • Zep Tepi.
    • Random Chance.
    • RCD27.
    • 9.
  • Erik Satie

    Gnoissienne No. 3

    Performer: Pascal Rogé

    • Piano Dreams: The Erik Satie Collection.
    • Decca.
    • 458 105-2.
    • 12.
  • Brad Mehldau

    John Boy

    • Highway Rider.
    • Nonesuch.
    • 518655.
    • 1.
  • Chick Corea and Gary Burton

    Crystal Silence

    • The New Crystal Silence.
    • Stretch Records.
    • 230630.
    • 1.
  • Brad Mehldau

    The Falcon Will Fly Again

    • Highway Rider.
    • Nonesuch.
    • 518655.
    • 5.
  • John Tavener

    The Protecting Veil

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra

    • Classical Moods: Spiritual.
    • EMI.
    • 5553742.
    • 12.

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