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Abundance: plenty, excess and enough. Hayley Carmichael and Nicholas Farrell read poems by Ted Hughes, Louis MacNeice and Thomas Campion with music from Prokofiev, Dutilleux and Thomas Tallis.


1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 23 Dec 2012 18:30

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Benjamin Britten

    Bacchus, Six Metamorphoses After Ovid,

    Performer: Helen Jahren

    • BIS CD737.
  • Ted Hughes

    Midas, Tales from Ovid, reader, Nicholas Farrell

  • 00:02

    Johann Sebastian Bach

    Aria, Goldberg Variations

    Performer: Angela Hewitt

    • Hyperion CDA67305.
    • 01.
  • 00:06

    Frederick Delius

    Autumn; North Country Sketches

    Performer: Ulster Orchestra, Conducted by Vernon Handley

    • CHANDOS CHAN8413.
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins

    Hurrahing in Harvest, reader, Nicholas Farrell

  • 00:20

    Harvey Schmidt; Words by: Tom Jones

    My Cup Runneth Over (Young Gifted and Black Outtake)

    Performer: Aretha Franklin

    • Rhino B000S75BQI.
  • Agnes Newton Keith

    A Birthday: Japanese Prison Camp, Kuching, Borneo, 5 April 1944, reader, Hayley Carmichael

  • 00:12

    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Chocolate: SpanishDance; Nutcracker

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Charles Mackerras

    • TELARC CD80137Or.
  • 00:21


    La plus grant chière

    Performer: Orlando Consort

    • Harmonia Mundi HMU907314.
  • Chaucer (trans Forrest A Hainline)

    The Franklin, from the General Prologue, The Canterbury Tales, reader Nicholas Farrell

  • 00:26

    Sergei Prokofiev

    Scene and Waltz of the Diamonds; from Suite from the Stone Flower

    Performer: Scottish National Orchestra , conducted by Neeme Järvi

    • CHANDOS CHAN8806.
  • Gustav Flaubert; trans Gerard Hopkins

    Madame Bovary (extracts); reader Hayley Carmichael

  • Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, trans Archibald Colquhoun, reader Nicholas Farrell

    The Leopard (extract), reader Nicholas Farrell

  • 00:33

    Ray Davies

    Maximum Consumption

    Performer: The Kinks

    • Koch B000IONTAG.
  • Thomas Campion

    There is a Garden in her Face, reader Nicholas Farrell

  • 00:37

    John Dowland

    The Right Honourable the Lord Viscount Lisle, his Galliard

    Performer: Nigel North

    • NAXOS 8556840.
  • 00:40

    Henri Dutilleux

    Cello Concerto, II Regard (Extrêmement calme)

    Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Orchestre de Paris conducted by Serge Baudo

    • Hyperion EMI CDC 7493042.
  • Elizabeth Jennings

    My Grandmother, reader Hayley Carmichael

  • Seamus Heaney

    Blackberry Picking, reader Nicholas Farrell

  • 00:49


    Izhe khieruvimui

    Performer: Tallis Scholars

    • GIMELL 4549022.
    • 8.
  • 00:51

    Claude Debussy

    Feux d'Artifice, Preludes, Book 2

    Performer: Walter Giesking (Paino)

    • EMI CDH7610042.
    • 24.
  • 00:54

    Dmitry Shostakovich

    Barrel Organ Waltz, from The Gadfly

    Performer: Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner

    • EMI CDC7490432.
  • Arnold Bennet

    Journal, 1905 A Roundabout in Montmartre, reader Hayley Carmichael

  • 00:56

    Jacques Brel

    Il Neige sur Liège

    Performer: Jacques Brel

    • BARCLAY 9808169.
  • 00:59

    Franz Liszt

    Etudes d'exécution transcendante, NoXII in B flat minor, Chasse-neige

    Performer: Boris Berezovsky

    • TELDEC 4509984152.
  • Louis Macneice

    Snow, reader Nicholas Farrell

  • 01:05

    Thomas Tallis

    Spem in Alium (motet à 40 voix pour 8 chœurs)

    Performer: New College Oxford Choir

    • K617 K617010.


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