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The Outsider

The Outsider: Sequence of poetry and prose interspersed with music.

Lesley Manville and Tom Goodman-Hill read poetry and prose on the theme of outsiders, from those who seek to escape society's constraints, to those who long to conform. With words by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Clare, Mary Shelley, Albert Camus, George Orwell, Maya Angelou and Jeanette Winterson, and music by Gesualdo, Strauss, Berg and Feldman.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 29 Jan 2012 18:30

Music Played

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

  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, trans. J. M. Cohen

    The Confessions (excerpt), reader Tom Goodman-Hill

  • 00:00

    Alexander Scriabin

    The Poem of Ecstasy (opening)

    Performer: Cleveland Orchestra Performer: Lorin Maazel

    • Decca 417 252-2.
  • 00:02

    Morton Feldman

    String Quartet (II) (excerpt)

    Performer: FLUX Quartet

    • mode 112.
  • Edward Gibbon

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (excerpt), reader Lesley Manville

  • 00:04

    Richard Strauss

    Don Quixote (excerpts)

    Performer: Steven Isserlis (cello) Performer: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Performer: Lorin Maazel (conductor)

    • RCA 74321 75398 2.
  • Cervantes, trans. John Rutherford

    Don Quixote (excerpt), reader Lesley Manville

  • Alan Bennett

    Writing Home (excerpt), reader Tom Goodman-Hill

  • 00:08

    Olivier Messiaen

    Visions de l'Amen (No. 4)

    Performer: Steven Osborne (piano) Performer: Martin Roscoe (piano)

    • Hyperion CDA 67366.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald

    The Great Gatsby (excerpt), reader Tom Goodman-Hill

  • 00:11

    Original Dixieland Jazz Band & Joe Jordan

    Dixie Jass Band One Step

    Performer: Original Dixieland Jazz Band

    • Trikont TRIKONT-0396.
  • 00:12



    Performer: Ella Fitzgerald Performer: Louis Armstrong

    • Prism PLATCD4908.
  • Robert Herrick

    The Beggar to Mab, the Fairy Queen, reader Lesley Manville

  • 00:17

    Felix Mendelssohn

    Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Performer: Ensemble Orchestral de Paris Performer: John Nelson (conductor)

    • Virgin Classics 5455322.
  • Lewis Carroll

    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (excerpt), reader Lesley Manville

  • 00:24

    Prokofiev, arr. Pletnev

    Spring from 'Cinderella'

    Performer: Martha Argerich (piano) Performer: Mikhail Pletnev (piano)

    • Deutsche Grammophon 00289 474 8682.
  • Jonathan Swift

    Gulliver’s Travels (excerpt), reader Tom Goodman-Hill

  • 00:27

    Modest Mussorgsky

    'Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks' from Pictures at an Exhibition

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Performer: Simon Rattle (conductor)

    • EMI 51758226.
  • 00:28

    Modest Mussorgsky

    'The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba Yaga)' from Pictures at an Exhibition

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Performer: Simon Rattle (conductor)

    • EMI 51758226.
  • Mary Shelley

    Frankenstein (excerpt), reader Tom Goodman-Hill

  • 00:32

    Alban Berg

    Act III Interlude from Wozzeck

    Performer: Staatskapelle Berlin Performer: Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

    • Teldec 0630-14108-2.
  • Emily Dickinson

    Untitled, reader Lesley Manville

  • 00:36

    Johann Sebastian Bach

    Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (BWV 12)

    Performer: Collegium Vocale Gent Performer: Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)

    • Harmonia Mundi HMC 901843.
  • George Orwell

    Nineteen-Eighty-Four (excerpt), reader Lesley Manville

  • 00:44

    Dmitry Shostakovich

    Largo from Symphony No. 4 (excerpt)

    Performer: Scottish National Orchestra Performer: Neeme Järvi (conductor)

    • Chandos CHAN 8640.
  • Quentin Crisp

    The Naked Civil Servant (excerpt), reader Tom Goodman-Hill

  • 00:48

    Robert Farnon

    Portrait of a Flirt

    Performer: New London Orchestra Performer: Ronald Corp (conductor)

    • Hyperion CDS 44263.
  • Jeanette Winterson

    Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (excerpt), reader Lesley Manville

  • 00:52

    The Dixie Hummingbirds

    Devil Can't Harm a Praying Man

    Performer: The Dixie Hummingbirds

    • Shout! 2950682.
  • Maya Angelou

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (excerpt), reader Lesley Manville

  • 00:54

    Rezs? Seress

    Gloomy Sunday

    Performer: Billie Holiday

    • Verve 549-081-2.
    • 10.
  • 00:58


    O vos omnes

    Performer: Tallis Scholars Performer: Peter Phillips (conductor)

    • Gimell CDGIM 015.
  • Albert Camus, trans. Joseph Laredo

    The Outsider (excerpt), reader Tom Goodman-Hill

  • 01:02

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Grosse Fugue, Op. 133

    Performer: Lindsay String Quartet

    • ASV CDDCS 403.
  • 01:06

    Benjamin Britten

    Violin Concerto (3rd mov)

    Performer: Maxim Vengerov (violin) Performer: London Symphony Orchestra Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (conductor)

    • EMI 5575102.
  • John Clare

    I Am, reader Tom Goodman-Hill


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