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Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Tom Goodman-Hill and Emma Fielding are the readers in a sequence of poetry, prose and music celebrating men - the great and the not so noble.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Tom Goodman-Hill and Emma Fielding are the readers of poems and prose about the celebration of men, the great and the not so noble.

From the Greek and Trojan kings, to the tyrants of the twentieth century via Einstein and the paeans sung by artists to their mentors and heroes. Seamus Heaney mourns Robert Lowell whilst Philip Larkin utters an unalloyed yes to Sidney Bechet.

There's music from Britten, written especially for the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and an elegy for Philip Sidney by WIlliam Byrd as well as music by John Adams, Mozart and Berlioz.

Producer: Natalie Steed.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 23 Sep 2012 18:30

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Michael Tippett

    Prelude, from King Priam

    Performer: London Sinfonetta Chorus, London Sinfonia, David Atherton (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHAN940.
  • Untitled

    From The Book Ecclesiasticus (Emma Fielding)

  • 00:02

    John Adams

    The Laboratory, from Doctor Atomic Symphony

    Performer: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson (conductor)

    • NONESUCH 7559799328.
  • Christopher Logue

    from All Day Permanent Red (reader Emma Fielding)

  • 00:06

    Hector Berlioz

    Pantomime, Act 1, no 6, Les Troyens

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, Petra Lang, London Symphony Chorus, Colin Davis (conductor)

    • LSO LIVE LSO0100.
  • William Shakespeare

    from Richard II, (reader Tom Goodman-Hill)

  • Michael Longley

    Ceasefire (reader Emma Fielding)

  • 00:15

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Is My Team Ploughing, from On Wenlock Edge (A. E. Housman)

    Performer: Ian Bostridge (tenor), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor)

    • EMI CDC5567622.
  • WB Yeats

    An Irish Airman Foresees His Death (reader Tom Goodman-Hill)

  • 00:20

    Richard Strauss

    Der Held (The Hero), from Ein Heldenleben

    Performer: Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle (conductor)

    • EMI 3393392.
  • W H Auden

    Epitaph on a Tyrant (reader Emma Fielding)

  • 00:25

    Benjamin Britten

    Lamento: Lento rubato, Cello Suite No 1

    Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich

    • LONDON 4218592.
  • Osip Mandelstam (trans. W. S. Merwin )

    The Stalin Epigram (reader Tom Goodman-Hill)

  • 00:28

    Dmitry Shostakovich

    II Allegro, from Symphony No. 10

    Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra, Simon Rattle (conductor)

    • EMI CDC7473502.
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Ozymandias (Emma Fielding)

  • 00:33

    Philip Glass

    Knee Play 1, from Einstein on the Beach

    Performer: The Philip Glass Ensemble, Michael Riesman (conductor)

    • CBSM4K38875.
  • Emily Dickinson

    Fame is a fickle food (Emma Fielding)

  • 00:38

    George Gershwin

    They All Laughed

    Performer: Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald

    • Rhino / Wea 081227203320.
  • F Scott Fitzgerald

    from The Great Gatsby (Tom Goodman-Hill)

  • 00:43

    Loudon Wainwright III

    Fame and Wealth

    Performer: Loudon Wainwright III

    • Music Club B0000075XD.
  • Oscar Wilde

    from The Picture of Dorian Gray (Emma Fielding)

  • 00:47

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    II Adagio, String Quartet In G Major

    Performer: Weller Quartet

    • Decca Original Masters 475679-6.
  • Casanova

    extract from the Memoirs (Tom Goodman Hill)

  • 00:55

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Duettino Là ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni

    Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra &Chorus, Roberto Benaglio, Carlo Maria Giulini, Eberhard Wachter, Graziella Sciutti

    • EMI CDS7472608.
  • Carol Ann Duffy

    Anne Hathaway (Emma Fielding)

  • 00:59

    Sidney Bechet

    Blue Horizon

    Performer: Sidney Bechet

    • BLUE NOTE CDP7893842.
  • Philip Larkin

    For Sidney Bechet (Tom Goodman Hill)

  • 01:03

    William Byrd

    Come to me, grief, for ever

    Performer: Robin Blaze (countertenor), Concordia

    • HYPERION CDA67397.
  • Seamus Heaney

    Elegy (Robert Lowell) (Tom Goodman Hill)

  • 01:11

    Igor Stravinsky

    Apotheosis, from Orpheus

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra, Robert Craft (conductor)

    • KOCH 372762.


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