Richard Sisson's Spring
Richard Sisson presents an alternative view of music linked to spring, from Disney's Bambi to Harrison Birtwistle's Gawain, via Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Vivaldi.
In the first of four editions of Saturday Classics pegged to Britain's increasingly unpredictable seasons, Richard Sisson presents an alternative musical view of Spring, and not always a very complimentary one. After all, isn't Spring just a bit overrated? Richard explains why he thinks it is, illustrated with music great and silly, including Disney's Bambi, Harrison Birtwistle's Gawain, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Vivaldi, along with choice snippets of vernal writings. Expect lovely music, lambs, cuckoos.
Home Thoughts, from Abroad by Robert Browning (extract)
The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot (extract)
Two Women by Nora Hopper
Spring Pictures by Katherine Mansfield (extract)
The Cherry Trees by Edward Thomas
Thunder the Christ of It by Mervyn Peake (extract)
Summer makes me drowsy by Dorothy Parker and Spring by Edna St Vincent Millay
Tom Sawyer, Detective by Mark Twain (extract) and Tonio Kroger by Thomas Mann (extract)