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Women Beware Women

Texts and music on the theme of women, with readings by Anne Reid and Michelle Terry.

Women Beware Women is an unashamed tribute - not to the bloodthirsty vision of Middleton's Jacobean tragedy from which it borrows a title but to some of the poetry and prose written by women and to some of the music they've composed.
As you might expect there's quite a range - from Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes to Elizabeth Bishop and Anna Wickham; and from Ute Lemper to Meredith Monk and Lili Boulanger. Mothers and daughters; lovers, children, friends and missing men - they're all part of a programme, which while not polemical does try to sketch out the profile of a distinct sensibility. In the end the title is an invitation rather than a warning. It could hardly be anything else with Anne Reid and Michelle Terry acting as the hosts.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 28 Feb 2016 17:30

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Meredith Monk

    Travelling

    Performer: Meredith Monk.
    • ECM.
    • Tr2.
  • May Swenson

    The Centaur Read by Anne Reid and Michelle Terry

  • 00:08

    Unsuk Chin

    From Six Piano Etudes- In C

    Performer: Mei Yi Foo.
    • Odradek.
    • Tr15.
  • Jorie Graham

    Cagnes sur Mer 1950 Read by Anne Reid and Michelle Terry

  • 00:17

    Elizabeth Maconchy

    Prayer Before Birth

    Performer: BBC Singers conducted by Odaline de la Martinez.
    • Lorelt.
    • Tr16.
  • Anna Wickham

    Nervous Prostration Read by Anne Reid

  • 00:24

    Kurt Weill

    Ballade von der sexuellen Horigkeit

    Performer: Ute Lemper.
    • Decca.
    • Tr5.
  • Emily Berry

    Letter to Husband Read by Michelle Terry

  • 00:29

    Laurie Anderson

    O Superman( for Massenet)

    Performer: Laurie Anderson.
    • Nonesuch.
    • Tr6.
  • Virginia Woolf

    From Mrs Dalloway Read by Anne Reid

  • 00:42

    Thea Musgrave

    From The Seasons - Autumn

    Performer: Victoria Soames and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
    • Cala.
    • Tr7.
  • Elizabeth Bishop

    At the Fishhouses Read by Anne Reid

  • 00:55

    Gubaidulina

    Song of the Fisherman from Musical toys

    Performer: Mei Yi Foo.
    • Odradek.
    • Tr6.
  • Djuna Barnes

    From Nightwood Read by Michelle Terry

  • 00:59

    Hildegard von Bingen

    O nos peregrine sumus from Ordo Virtutum

    Performer: Sequentia.
    • DHM.
    • Tr3.
  • Tess Gallagher

    Black Silk Read by Michelle Terry

  • 01:02

    Lili Boulanger

    Vieux Priere Bouddhique

    Performer: Monterverdi Choir, London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • Tr3.
  • 01:11

    Hymn by Joyce Grenfell

    • EMI.
    • Tr6.

Producer's Note

Women Beware Women is an unashamed  tribute………not to the bloodthirsty vision of Middleton’s Jacobean tragedy from which it borrows a title but to  some of the poetry and prose written by women and to some of the music they’ve composed. 

 

As you might expect there’s quite a range – from Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes to Elizabeth Bishop and Anna Wickham; and from Ute Lemper to Meredith Monk and Lili Boulanger. Mothers and daughters; lovers, children, friends and missing men – they’re all part of a programme, which while not polemical  does try to sketch out  the profile of a distinct sensibility. In the end the title is an invitation rather than a warning.  It could hardly be anything else with Anne Reid and Michelle Terry acting as the hosts.

 

Producer: Zahid Warley

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