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The Low Countries

Poetry, prose and music on the theme of the Low Countries, with readings by Maxine Peake and Samuel West. Including Erasmus, Louis Aragon, Louis Andriessen and Cesar Franck.

Maxine Peake and Samuel West embark on a journey through dream and nightmare in the Low Countries. Treading the shifting boundary between land and sea, between memory and experience they navigate a course through a landscape which accommodates Erasmus as well as Louis Aragon, Louis Andriessen as well as Cesar Franck; a terrain that's home to nameless beasts as well as Flanders lilacs and a place where, though the light of reason shines brightly, the shadows cast are long and dark.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 12 Jul 2015 17:30

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Nynke Laverman

    De Iensumen

    Performer: Nynke Laverman.
    • FAMA.
    • Tr1.
  • Ester Naomi Perquin

    Stranded translated by Paul Vincent read by Maxine Peake

  • 00:03

    Guillaume Dufay

    Ave Regina Coelorum

    Performer: The Clerks Group Edward Wickham.
    • Sanctuary.
    • Tr4.
  • Patrick Leigh Fermor

    A Time of Gifts read by Samuel West

  • 00:13

    Jacques Brel

    Le Plat Pays

    Performer: Jacques Brel.
    • Universal.
    • Tr2.
  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    An Inland Voyage read by Samuel West

  • 00:17

    Eugène Ysaÿe

    Danse des Ombres

    Performer: Thomas Zehetmair.
    • ECM New Series.
    • Tr7.
  • Miriam Van Hee translated by Judith Wilkinson

    Summer End on the Leier read by Maxine Peake

  • 00:22

    César Franck

    Symphony in D Minor 2nd movement Allegretto played by

    Performer: Conductor Pierre Monteux, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
    • RCA.
    • Tr2.
  • Anthony Bailey

    From A View of Delft read by Samuel West

  • 00:35

    Louis Andriessen

    From De Materie – The Hammer Duet

    Performer: Conductor Reinbert de Leeuw, Schonberg Ensemble, Asko Ensemble, Netherlands Chamber Choir.
    • Nonesuch.
    • Tr1.
  • Louis Aragon translated by Louis Macneice

    Les Lilacs et les roses read by Samuel West

  • 00:41

    Django Reinhardt

    Artillerie Lourde from Djangology

    Performer: Django Reinhardt.
    • Bluebird.
    • Tr3.
  • Toon Tellegen translated by Judith Wilkinson

    Raptors read by Maxine Peake

  • 00:45

    Hendrik Andriessen

    Variations and fugue on a theme by Kuhnau

    Performer: Conductor David Porcelijn, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra.
    • NM Classics.
    • Tr 8.
  • Erasmus

    Praise of Folly read by Maxine Peake

  • 00:56

    Trad.

    Secular song from the Antwerp song book

    Performer: Camerata Trajectina.
    • Globe.
    • Tr3.
  • Gabriel and Marcel Piqueray translated by Robert Archambeau

    Hierarchy: A Night read by Samuel West

  • 01:03

    Philippe Boesmans

    Deliquescente from Extases

    Performer: Elise Ross, Ensemble Musique Nouvelle.
    • Ricercar.
    • Tr7.
  • Miriam Van Hee translated by Judith Wilkinson

    Film read by Maxine Peake

  • 01:10

    Camerata Trajectina

    Ich seg adieu

    Music Arranger: Gherhardus Mes.
    • Globe.
    • Tr24.

Producer's Note

Maxine Peake and Samuel West embark on a journey through dream and nightmare in the Low Countries. Treading the shifting boundary between land and sea, between memory and experience they navigate a course through a landscape which accommodates Erasmus as well as Louis Aragon, Louis Andriessen as well as Cesar Franck; a terrain that's home to nameless beasts as well as Flanders lilacs and a place where, though the light of reason shines brightly, the shadows cast are long and dark.

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