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Dylan Thomas Day

The BBC NOW celebrates Dylan Thomas Day with a concert of music from Wales and America, conducted by Tecwyn Evans, including a new work from Mervyn Burtch.

Live from BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff Bay.

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates Dylan Thomas Day on Radio 3 with a concert of music from Wales and America, conducted by Tecwyn Evans.

Daniel Jones: Dance Fantasy
Hoddinott: Clarinet Concerto
Mervyn Burtch: 4 Portraits of Dylan [world premiere]

Interval: Ian McMillan delves into the world of the Kardomah Boys, Dylan Thomas's circle of bohemian friends who gathered in Swansea's Kardomah Cafe in the 1930s.

Stravinsky: In memoriam Dylan Thomas
Copland: Appalachian Spring - ballet

Robin Tritschler (tenor)
Robert Plane (clarinet)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Tecwyn Evans (conductor)

A concert of Welsh and American music celebrating Dylan Thomas at 100. In the 1930s, Daniel Jones was one of the Kardomah Cafe set, one of the aspiring artists who met there with Dylan Thomas. The bright and lively Dance Fantasy has become one of his best known works. Alun Hoddinott's clarinet concerto dates from 1949, and became the piece which first won him international attention. Soloist Robert Plane is Principal Clarinet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Mervyn Burtch is one of Wales's most distinguished composers. This year he celebrates his 85th birthday with a commission from the Welsh Music information centre, Ty Cerdd, an orchestral suite of portraits describing Dylan Thomas.Stravinsky had intended to collaborate on a film with the Welsh poet, who he met in 1952, but Thomas died shortly after, and all that remains is this poignant song cycle. Aaron Copland took inspiration from his native countryside in America in the 1940s, mirroring the way the landscapes of Wales took root in the poetry of Dylan Thomas.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Dylan Thomas

    All all and all, with introduction by Ian Mcmillan

    Actor: Ian Mcmillan.
  • Richard Burton

    Deaths and Entrances with introduction by Ian McMillan

    Author: Dylan Thomas.


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Performer BBC National Orchestra of Wales


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