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A sequence of poetry, prose and music on the theme of revenge, with readings by Samantha Bond and Kenneth Cranham.

This week's edition of Words and Music satiates itself on the cold dish of revenge. It's an act of passion meted out on our foes, ourselves, love, old age, the sun....So many subjects have been the focus of humankind's ire. Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus opens the programme with a threat to the foul offender who shall quake at the feet of revenge. And we hear music composed for some of literature's most famous revenge scenes: Romeo's revenge on Tybalt for murdering Mercutio; Diana's revenge upon Actaeon for espying her naked; or the chilling revenge of the Pied Piper upon the citizens of Hamelin. With music by Prokofiev, Mendelssohn and Janacek; and words by Carol Ann Duffy, Ted Hughes and Charles Dickens. The readers and Samantha Bond and Kenneth Cranham.

Producer: Gavin Heard.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 25 Nov 2012 18:30

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Nino Rota

    The Godfather - Finale

    Performer: Carmine Coppola; Pietro Mascagni; The City of Prague Philharmonic; Crouch End Festival Chorus; Paul Bateman

    • Silva Screen FILMCD344.
  • Shakespeare

    Titus Andronicus (Samantha Bond)

  • William Blake

    A Poison Tree (Kenneth Cranham)

  • 00:04

    Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsummer Night's Dream, Incidental Music

    Performer: Andre Previn; London Symphony Orchestra;

    • EMI Classics 7243 5 7498128.
  • 00:04

    Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsummer Night's Dream, Incidental Music

    Performer: Andre Previn; London Symphony Orchestra;

    • EMI Classics 7243 5 7498128.
  • Carol Ann Duffy

    Havisham (Samantha Bond)

  • 00:08

    Marc‐Antoine Charpentier

    Choeur des Chasseurs

    Performer: Les Arts Florissants; William Christie;

    • Harmonia Mundi 1901095.
  • Ted Hughes

    Tales from Ovid (Kenneth Cranham)

  • 00:15

    Philip Glass

    Metamorphosis 2

    Performer: Philip Glass

    • Sony Classical SK64133.
  • Patience Agbabi

    About Face (Samantha Bond)

  • 00:21

    K. Weill; B. Brecht; M Blitzstein

    Pirate Jenny

    Performer: Lotte Lenya

    • CBS MK 42637.
  • 00:25

    Leos Janáček

    String Quartet No.1 After Tolstoy's 'Kreutzer Sonata'

    Performer: Pavel Haas Quartet

    • Supraphon SU39222.
  • John Donne

    The Apparition (Kenneth Cranham)

  • Emily Dickinson

    Mine enemy is growing old (Samantha Bond)

  • 00:31

    Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

    Pseaume 43: Revenge moy, pre la querelle

    Performer: The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge; Richard Marlow

    • Conifer CDCF205.
  • JM Synge

    The Curse (Kenneth Cranham)

  • 00:34

    Sting & David Hartley

    Snuff out the Light

    Performer: Eartha Kitt

    • Walt Disney 0122782DNY.
  • Robert Browning

    The Pied Piper (Samantha Bond)

  • 00:38

    John Corigliano

    Pied Piper Fantasy

    Performer: James Galway; Eastman Philharmonia; David Effron

    • RCA RD86602.
  • 00:40

    Modest Mussorgsky

    Night on the Bare Mountain

    Performer: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra; Mariss Jansons

    • EMI 5751722.
  • 00:51

    Bob Dylan

    Masters of War

    Performer: Bob Dylan

    • CBS CD32390.
  • 00:56

    Sergei Prokofiev

    Romeo and Juliet, op.64

    Performer: Valery Gergiev; Kirov Orchestra

    • Philips 4647262.
  • Charles Dickens

    Oliver Twist (Samantha Bond)

  • 01:03

    Bohuslav Martinu

    Memorial to Lidice

    Performer: Bamberger Symphoniker; Ingo Metzmacher

    • EMI CDC5554242.


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