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Metamorphosis

Texts and music on the theme of metamorphosis, with readings by Meera Syal and Harry Hadden-Paton. With Ovid, Shakespeare, Kafka and Dahl, plus Britten, Stravinsky and Mendelssohn.

Meera Syal and Harry Hadden-Paton are the readers in this edition of Words and Music on the theme of Metamorphosis. How does it feel to be turned into someone or something else? The mischief and mayhem ensuing from unexpected transformation is explored through the words of Ovid, Shakespeare, Kafka, Roald Dahl and Jo Shapcott and the music of Britten, Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Handel and Lerner and Loewe.

Producer: Philippa Ritchie

First broadcast in January 2013.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sat 7 Sep 2013 18:00

Music Played

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

  • Metamorphosis

    Franz Kafka translated by Michael Hoffman (read by Harry Hadden-Paton)

  • 00:00

    Philip Glass

    Metamorphosis Four

    Performer: Philip Glass, solo piano

    • SONY SBK64133.
  • Thetis

    Carol Anne Duffy (read by Meera Syal)

  • 00:03

    Philip Glass

    Metamorphosis Four

    Performer: Philip Glass, solo piano

    • SONY SBK64133.
  • Actaeon

    Seamus Heaney (read by Harry Hadden-Paton)

  • 00:06

    Claude Debussy

    Syrinx

    Performer: Roger Bourdin, flute

    • PHILIPS 4426552.
  • The Tiger’s Bride

    Angela Carter (read by Meera Syal)

  • 00:09

    Igor Stravinsky

    The Firebird (Berceuse)

    Performer: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Simon Rattle

    • EMI CLASSICS 5855382.
  • Mutability

    Percy Bysshe Shelley (read by Harry Hadden-Paton)

  • 00:15

    Trad.

    Full Fathom Five (William Shakespeare, from The Tempest)

    Performer: Alfred Deller

    • EMI CDH 5655012.
  • 00:17

    Jerry Herman (lyrics and music)

    A Little More Mascara (from La Cage Aux Folles)

    Performer: Douglas Hodge

    • P.S. CLASSICS.
  • George’s Marvellous medicine

    Roald Dahl (read by Meera Syal)

  • 00:24

    Carl Maria von Weber

    Rondo from Piano Sonata No.1 in C major, Op. 24 "Perpetuum Mobile"

    Performer: Jean Martin

    • ARION ARN268240.
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

    Robert Louis Stevenson (read by Harry Hadden-Paton)

  • 00:29

    Alexander Goehr

    Metamorphosis/Dance Op. 36

    Performer: The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by David Atherton

    • UNICORN UKCD 2039.
  • Thetis

    Jo Shapcott (read by Meera Syal)

  • 00:34

    Igor Stravinsky

    Petrouchka (Petrouchka's Room) (from Diaghilev and The Golden Age Of The Ballets Russes 19

    • RRCD641.
  • The Frog Who Dreamed She Was An Opera Singer

    Jackie Kay (read by Meera Syal)

  • 00:39

    George Frideric Handel

    Acis and Galatea (Be thou immortal & Heart, the seat of soft delight)

    Performer: Sophie Daneman (soprano), Les Arts Florissants, conducted by William Christie

    • ERATO 3984 255052.
  • Transformations

    Thomas Hardy (read by Harry Hadden-Paton)

  • 00:44

    György Ligeti

    Chamber Concerto

    Performer: London Sinfonietta, conducted by David Atherton

    • DECCA 4256232.
  • 00:45

    Alexander Nikolayevich Tcherepnin

    Narcisse (Narcissus is transformed into a flower) (from Diaghilev and The Golden Age Of Th

    Performer: The Hague Chamber Choir, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky

    • CHANDOS CHAN 9670.
  • Translated by Ted Hughes Tales From Ovid (Echo and Narcissus)

    Ovid (read by Meera Syal and Harry Hadden-Paton)

  • 00:49

    Antonio Vivaldi

    A Major Violin Concerto ("Echo Concerto")

    Performer: Il Giardino Armonica, conducted by Giovanni Antonini, Enrico Onofri and Marco Bianchi (violins)

    • TELDEC 4509945522.
  • 00:55

    Frederick Loewe

    The Rain in Spain (from My Fair Lady)

    Performer: Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison

    • COLUMBIA CK5090.
  • 00:55

    Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsummer Night's Dream, Overture and Incidental Music

    Performer: Staatskapelle Berlin Orchestra, conducted by Gunther Herbig

    • Berlin Classics B000GEIOL2.
  • 00:59

    Benjamin Britten

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Performer: Alfred Deller as Oberonfathom

    • LONDON 4256632.
  • Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream

    William Shakespeare (read by Meera Syal)

  • 01:01

    Benjamin Britten

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Performer: Owen Brannigan as Bottom, Norman Lumsden as Peter Quince, London Symphony Orchestra

    • LONDON 4256632.
  • Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream

    William Shakespeare (read by Meera Syal)

  • 01:03

    Benjamin Britten

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Performer: Elizabeth Harwood as Tytania, London Symphony Orchestra

    • LONDON 4256632.
  • 01:05

    Benjamin Britten

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Performer: Four solo Fairies, London Symphony Orchestra

    • LONDON 4256632.
  • Bottom from A Midsummer Night's Dream

    William Shakespeare (read by Harry Hadden-Paton)

  • 01:08

    Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bergomask/Dance of the Clowns)

    Performer: Staatskapelle Berlin Orchestra, conducted by Gunther Herbig

    • Berlin Classics B000GEIOL2.
  • Harmonia and Cadmus

    Matthew Arnold (read by Harry Hadden-Paton)

  • 01:10

    Igor Stravinsky

    The Firebird (Disparition du Palais)

    Performer: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Simon Rattle

    • EMI CLASSICS 5855382.

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