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I Am a Camera

Texts and music evoking the landscape and people of Germany, with readings by Lisa Dillon and Patrick Kennedy. With Bach, Brahms and Mendelssohn, plus Brecht, Plath and Isherwood.

Scenes of the people and landscape of Germany. Through the bawdy songs of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana to the romantic poetry of Bertolt Brecht, this week's edition of Words and Music describes a collection of images: sublime mountains, temperate forests, or the Lorelei on the eastern bank of the Rhine. And we meet some of the inhabitants: the bishop at Freiburg Station; the author struck down with sunstroke; and the pedant who keeps his 'nice piece of joinery', a gramophone, locked away during the day.

With music from Bach, Brahms and Mendelssohn and words by Brecht, Sylvia Plath and Christopher Isherwood. The readers are Lisa Dillon and Patrick Kennedy.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 3 Feb 2013 18:30

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 6 in D Major

    Performer: Nicholas Ward; Northern Chamber Orchestra

    • NAXOS 8.503400.
  • Christopher Isherwood

    Goodbye to Berlin, Lisa Dillon

  • Bertolt Brecht / Lesley Lendrum

    Of Swimming in Lakes and Rivers, Patrick Kennedy and Lisa Dillon

  • 00:04

    Carl Orff

    Carmina Burana

    Performer: James Levine; Chicago Symphony Chorus; Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    • Deutsche Grammophon 415 136-2.
  • 00:08

    Felix Mendelssohn

    Lieder ohne Worte op.53 No. 1 in A flat major

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim

    • Deutsche Grammophon 4239312.
  • 00:11

    Richard Wetz

    Traumsommernacht op.14

    Performer: Ulf Wallin; Markus Köhler; Kammerchor der Musikkochule Augsburg; Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz; Werner Andreas Albert

    • CPO 9999332.
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Found, Lisa Dillon

  • 00:17

    Max Reger

    Wiegenlied, op.79

    Performer: Pieter Wispelwey; Paolo Giacometti

    • Channel Classics CCS 9596.
  • Bertolt Brecht / David Constantine

    Thoughts of a Gramophone Owner, Patrick Kennedy

  • 00:21

    Harald Genzmer

    Konzert für Klavier und Orchester (1948)

    Performer: Oliver Triendl; Bamberger Symphoniker; Werner Andreas Albert

    • Thorofon CTH 2494.
  • Stephen Spender

    The Temple, Lisa Dillon

  • 00:24

    Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto in F minor

    Performer: Heinz Holliger; Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields; Iona Brown

    • PHILIPS 412 879 2.
  • Gunter Grass

    The Tin Drum, Patrick Kennedy

  • 00:27


    Gesetzt den Fall

    Performer: Ute Lemper

    • DECCA 452 601-2.
  • Bertolt Brecht / Derek Mahon

    White Cloud from 'Adaptations', Lisa Dillon

  • 00:33

    Robert Schumann

    Kind im Einschlummern

    Performer: Angela Hewitt

    • Hyperion CDA 67780.
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Wearily Romantic, Patrick Kennedy

  • 00:36

    Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude in C Minor

    Performer: Richard Egarr

    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Rupert Brook

    In Freiburg Station

  • 00:40

    Bernard Herrmann


    Performer: Michael Nowak; Roger Wilkie; Dave Walther; Andrew Shulman

    • Relativity Music Group RMG 10061.
  • Peter Porter

    May 1945, Lisa Dillon

  • 00:42

    Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No.8 in C minor

    Performer: Orchestre de las Suisse Romande; Marek Janowski

    • PenaTone classics 518637.
  • Günter Eich

    Inventory, Patrick Kennedy

  • 00:48

    Gustav Mahler

    Des Knaben Wunderhorn

    Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter; Thomas Quasthoff; Berliner Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado

    • Deutsche Grammophon 459 646 2.
  • Sylvia Plath

    Lorelei, Sylvia Plath

  • 00:56

    Max Reger

    Aria, op 103a nr.3

    Performer: Pieter Wispelwey; Paolo Giacometti

    • Channel Classics CCS 9596.
  • Hans Magnus Enzensberger

    End of Owls, Patrick Kennedy

  • 01:02

    Johannes Brahms

    A German Requiem

    Performer: Katharine Fuge; Matthew Brook; Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique; Monteverdi Choir; John Eliot Gardiner

    • SDG 706.


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