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.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
From The Book Ecclesiasticus (Emma Fielding)
from All Day Permanent Red (reader Emma Fielding)
from Richard II, (reader Tom Goodman-Hill)
Ceasefire (reader Emma Fielding)
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death (reader Tom Goodman-Hill)
W H Auden
Epitaph on a Tyrant (reader Emma Fielding)
Osip Mandelstam (trans. W. S. Merwin )
The Stalin Epigram (reader Tom Goodman-Hill)
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Ozymandias (Emma Fielding)
Fame is a fickle food (Emma Fielding)
F Scott Fitzgerald
from The Great Gatsby (Tom Goodman-Hill)
from The Picture of Dorian Gray (Emma Fielding)