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Shakespeare - Youth and Age

Student actors from the Shakespeare Institute perform prose and poetry on the theme of youth. Live from Radio 3's pop-up studio in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Student actors from Stratford's Shakespeare Institute perform prose and poetry on the theme of - what else? Youth! Live from Radio 3's pop-up studio at the Royal Shakespeare Company's The Other Place theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon as part of Radio 3's Sounds of Shakespeare weekend.

Producer: Zahid Warley

BBC Radio 3 is marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare with a season celebrating the four centuries of music and performance that his plays and sonnets have inspired. Over the anniversary weekend, from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April, Radio 3 will broadcast live from a pop-up studio at the RSC's The Other Place Theatre and other historic venues across Stratford-upon-Avon.

1 hour, 15 minutes

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

  • 00:00

    Franz Schubert

    String Quartet in D Minor D 180 “Death and the Maiden”- Scherzo.

    Performer: Emerson String Quartet.
    • Deutsche Grammophon 4770452.
    • CD1 Tr7.
  • William Shakespeare

    from The Two Noble Kinsmen, Act 2 Scene 4 read by Rachel Stewart

  • 00:00

    Edward Elgar

    Falstaff – Symphonic Study in C minor op.68

    Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult (conductor).
    • EMI CDM 7631332.
    • Tr15.
  • William Shakespeare

    from Henry IV part 1, Act 2 Scene 4 read by Jennifer Waghorn and Daisy Edwards

  • 00:00

    Miles Davis

    He Loved Him Madly

    Performer: Miles Davis reconstructed and mixed by Bill Laswell.
    • Sony 5186822.
    • Tr4.
  • William Shakespeare

    Sonnet 96, read by Emma Filby

  • 00:00

    Gioachino Rossini

    Un rien sur le mode enharmonique

    Performer: Alberto Portugheis (piano).
    • ASV CDDCA 901.
    • Tr5.
  • William Shakespeare

    Sonnet 73, read by Charles Morton

  • 00:00

    Gustav Mahler

    Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

    Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim (conductor).
    • Sony Classical CD 44935.
    • Tr1.
  • William Shakespeare

    From King Lear, Act 4 scene 6 read by Richard O’Brien, Daisy Edwards and Charles Morton

  • 00:00

    Robert Schumann

    Der Dichter spricht from Kinderszenen, Op. 15

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
    • Philips 4568382.
    • CD2 Tr21.

Producer's Note - Shakespeare: Youth & Age

Wise children and old fools - Shakespeare was fascinated by both.  He often wrote about the places where clock and human time intersect whether this took the form of a young girl’s desire in a play such as The Two Noble Kinsmen, or the intricate mechanism of The Sonnets or the unmoored pain of King Lear.  This edition of Words and Music examines this theme with readings by students from Birmingham University’s Shakespeare Institute and music that reflects the ways in which composers have explored similar territory in the 400 years since Shakespeare’s death.
Actors from The Shakespeare Institute at Birmingham University: Rachel Stewart, Jennifer Waghorn, Daisy Edwards, Richard O’Brien, Emma Filby and Charles Morton.

Producer: Zahid Warley

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