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Entente Cordiale

Words and music on the theme of Entente Cordiale with readers Rachel Atkins and Jamie Parker. Includes Swinburne, Proust and Barnes, plus Delius, Vaughan Williams and Francaix.

In 1904 Britain and France signed the Entente Cordiale - the formal agreement establishing a special relationship between the two countries. The agreement put in writing something that had existed informally for centuries: a deep cultural understanding, witnessed in the exchange of ideas, music and literature. And despite periods of great turbulence, such as the Napoleonic Wars, Britain and France remained close.

This week's edition of Words and Music sails the English Channel to give expression to this special relationship with music from Delius, Vaughan Williams and Francaix; and words by Swinburne, Proust, Elizabeth David and Julian Barnes. The readers are Rachel Atkins and Jamie Parker.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 21 Feb 2016 17:30

Music Played

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

  • Samuel Johnson

    A Frenchman…

  • 00:00

    Jacques Ibert

    Paris – suite sumphonique

    Performer: Timothy Hutchins; Orchestre symphonique de Montreal; Charles Dutoit

    • DECCA 440332.
  • Elizabeth David

    French Provincial Cooking

  • 00:04

    Henri Contet

    C'etait Une Histoire D'Amour

    Performer: Edith Piaf

    • Sony Music B0002SVRCK.
  • 00:08

    Claude Debussy

    Ballade des femmes de Paris

    Performer: Pierre Boulez; The Cleveland Orchestra

    • Deutsche Grammaphon 4716142.
  • George Orwell

    In Defence of English Cooking

  • 00:11

    Erik Satie

    Je te veux

    Performer: Angela Brownridge

    • EMI CDEMX9507.
  • Hugo Williams

    A Brass Ring

  • 00:17

    Noël Coward

    Parisian Pierrot

    Performer: Noel Coward

  • Julian Barnes

    Something to Declare

  • 00:22

    Jean Françaix

    Le Gay Paris

    Performer: Haruto Yoshida; Filharmonia Pomorska; Takao Ukigaya

    • THOROFON CTH2105.
  • William Wordsworth

    From Prelude: Book Tenth, Residence in France

  • 00:26

    Étienne Méhul

    Le Chant du Départ

    Performer: Tibère Raffali; Edwige Perfetti; Orchestre d’Harmonie des Gardiens de la Paix de Paris; Chorale Populaire de Paris

    • MUSIFRANCE 2292450062.
  • William Shakespeare

    Henry V

  • 00:34

    Paul Wranitzky

    Grand Characteristic Symphony for the Peace with the French Republic, Op.31

    Performer: London Mozart Players; David Juritz; Matthias Bamert

    • CHANDOS.
  • Geoffrey Hill

    Requiem for the Plantagenet Kings

  • 00:39

    Frederick Delius

    Paris: The Song of a Great City

    Performer: Richard Hickox; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

    • EMI CDC7499322.
  • James Fenton

    In Paris with you

  • 00:42

    Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Berceuse de Jeanne

    Performer: Hicolas Hodges

    • Metronome METCD1074.
  • Algernon Swinburne

    Past Days

  • 00:47

    Louis Grabu

    Incidental music for Rochester's play 'Valentinian'

    Performer: The Parley of Instruments Renaissance Violin Band; Peter Holman

    • HYPERION CDA66667.
  • Joseph Conrad, Roger Fry, Aldous Huxley and Lytton Stratchey

    Letter to Nouvelle Francaise

  • 00:49

    Gabriel Fauré

    Requiem, Op.48

    Performer: Choir of New College, Oxford

    • Erato 0630 14634-2.
  • Marcel Proust

    Pleasures and Days

  • 00:53

    Darius Milhaud


    Performer: Christian Ivaldi; Michel Béroff; Jean-Philippe Collard; Noël Lee

    • EMI CDM7698542.
  • 00:54

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    As I walked over London Bridge

    Performer: Lydia Mordkovitch; Julian Milford

    • IMP 3036600132.
  • 00:55

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No.31 K.297

    Performer: Wiener Philharmoniker; Riccardo Muti

    • Philips 442 1262.
  • Henry James

    A Little Tour of France

  • 01:04

    Marin Marais

    20 Couplets

    Performer: Hille Perl; Lee Santana

    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 82876587912.
  • 01:10

    Django Reinhardt

    Minor Swing

    Performer: Reinhardt - Grappelli

    • Golden Age of Jazz JZCD376.


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