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Emily Taaffe and Sam Troughton read poetry and prose on the subject of horses, including texts by Larkin, Swift, Yeats and Shakespeare and music by Mahler, Berlioz, Rossini and Boyce.

First broadcast in January 2013.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 8 Sep 2013 18:30

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Trad. Mongolian

    Gunan Khar (Horse Song)

    Performer: Otgontsetseg

    • BBC World Routes recording.
  • Mongolian horse

    BBC World Routes recording

  • Ted Hughes

    The Horses, reader Emily Taaffe

  • 00:03

    Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No.1, Movement 1

    Performer: New York Philharmonic Performer: Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    • SONY SX12K89499.
  • Anna Sewell

    Black Beauty, reader Sam Troughton

  • Cormac McCarthy

    All the Pretty Horses, reader Emily Taaffe

  • 00:10

    Doc Watson

    Tennessee Stud

    Composer: Jimmie Driftwood

    • VANGUARD VCDD 415582.
  • Anon, trans. Brian Stone

    Gawain and the Green Knight, reader Sam Troughton

  • 00:15

    Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Introduction from Gawain's Journey

    Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra/Elgar Howarth

    • COLLINSCLASSICS 13872.
  • Cervantes, trans. J. M. Cohen

    Don Quixote, reader Emily Taaffe

  • 00:18

    Gioachino Rossini

    William Tell, Overture

    Performer: National Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

    • DECCA 417 797 2.
  • Thomas Hardy

    No Buyers, reader Sam Troughton

  • 00:23

    Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No.1, Movement 3

    Performer: New York Philharmonic Performer: Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

    • SONY SX12K89499.
  • Enid Bagnold

    National Velvet, reader Emily Taaffe

  • Grand National 2009

    Jim McGrath (commentator)

  • Philip Larkin

    At Grass, reader Emily Taaffe

  • 00:31

    Frank Bridge

    Nocturne from Suite for String Orchestra

    Performer: English String Orchestra Performer: William Boughton (conductor)

    • NIMBUS NI521013.
  • Tolstoy, translated Rosemary Edmonds

    Anna Karenina, reader Sam Troughton

  • 00:38

    Charles Ives

    Runaway Horse on Main Street

    Performer: The President’s Own United States Marine Band Performer: Colonel Timothy W. Foley (director)

    • NAXOS 8570559.
  • Jonathan Swift

    Gulliver's Travels (abridged), reader Sam Troughton

  • 00:41

    William Boyce

    Symphony No.3 in C major

    Performer: The English Concert Performer: Trevor Pinnock (conductor)

    • ARCHIV 419 631 2.
  • Virgil, translated by John Dryden

    The Aeneid, reader Emily Taaffe

  • 00:49

    Hector Berlioz

    Les Troyens, Act 1 "Chatiment effroyable"

    Performer: Gary Lakes, Gregory Cross, Gino Quilico, Rene Schirrer, Michel Phillippe, Catherine Dubosc, Claudine Carlson Performer: Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus Performer: Montreal Symphony Orchestra Performer: Charles Dutoit (conductor)

    • DECCA 443 694-2.
  • W. B. Yeats

    Michael Robartes bids his beloved be at peace, reader Emily Taaffe

  • 00:57

    Johannes Brahms

    Es tont ein voller Harfenklang from Gesange Op.17

    Performer: Jan Schroeder (horn), Hans-Ulrich Winkler (horn) Performer: Julia Raines Hahn (harp) Performer: North German Radio Chorus

    • DG 477 8258.
  • Shakespeare

    Venus and Adonis, reader Sam Troughton

  • 01:04

    Robert Schumann

    Piano Quintet Op.44, Movement 3

    Performer: Beaux Arts Trio Performer: Samuel Rhodes (viola) Performer: Dolf Bettelheim (violin)

    • PHILIPS 420791 2.
  • Sylvia Plath

    Whiteness I Remember, reader Emily Taaffe

  • 01:10

    Bat for Lashes

    Horse and I

    Composer: Natasha Khan

    • ECHO ECHCD72.

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