Sound Frontiers: Rebirth
Live from Southbank Centre, a reading of poetry and prose by Fiona Shaw and Robert Glenister, with music, reflecting the spirit of rebirth in postwar periods.
A live reading of poetry and prose by Fiona Shaw and Robert Glenister with music reflecting the renewal experienced in post war periods and the spirit of rebirth which accompanied the founding of the Third Programme and the building of the Festival Hall. The programme ranges across the centuries including poems from T.S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson and Ovid and music by Schubert, Benjamin Britten and Joni Mitchell on the theme of 'Rebirth'. We begin with Bach's Suite no 1 in G major with Yo-Yo Ma.
Sound Frontiers: BBC Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre
Celebrating 7 decades of pioneering music and culture
Producer: Fiona McLean.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
The Four Quartets: East Coker, read by Robert Glenister
Into what pattern?, read by Fiona Shaw
The Trumpet, read by Robert Glenister
The Truisms, read by Fiona Shaw
The Trees, read by Robert Glenister
Gerard Manley Hopkins
The Windhover, read by Fiona Shaw
Cecil Day Lewis
Do not expect again a phoenix hour, read by Robert Glenister
Hope is the Thing, read by Fiona Shaw
The Instinct of Hope, read by Robert Glenister
Everyone Sang, read by Robert Glenister
How the stone found its voice, read by Fiona Shaw
Ovid translated by A. D. Melville
Metamorphosis, read by Robert Glenister
The Four Quartets: East Coker, read by Fiona Shaw
Producer's Notes: Sound Frontiers: 'Rebirth'
This week’s Words and Music, live from the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank, is on the theme of rebirth and regeneration to mark the 70th anniversary of the Third Programme, the predecessor to Radio 3. The actors Robert Glenister and Fiona Shaw will be performing in our pop-up glass studio at the RFH as part of Radio 3’s Sound Frontiers.
In September 1946 as the network went on air William Haley, the Director General of the BBC, said: ‘The Third Programme is a pioneer effort, something new and ambitious. That it should have been decided on in the heat of a most devastating war will, we hope, be seen abroad as but one example of British imagination, that it should be inaugurated within 14 months of the end of hostilities – as an evidence of national vigour’.
Fiona Shaw and Robert Glenister read poems including T.S. Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’, Kathleen Raine’s ‘Into What Pattern…’, and Philip Larkin’s ‘The Trees’ with music including Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no. 4, Benjamin Britten’s String Quartet no. 3 and Judith Weir’s song setting of E. E. Cummings' ‘Now is a ship’. We go back in time to Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’, Gerard Manley Hopkins' ‘The Windhover’ and John Clare’s ‘The Instinct of Hope’ and forward in time with Nicola LeFanu’s ‘Miniature’ and Benny Goodman’s interpretation of Irving Berlin’s ‘Blue Skies’.
During the programme you’ll hear the complex feelings of optimism and uncertainty which permeates society in the post-war period heard in Louis MacNeice’s ‘The Truisms’ and Siegfried Sassoon’s ‘Everyone Sang’ and in George Butterworth’s setting of A. E. Housman’s ‘Loveliest of Trees’ and Joni Mitchell’s ‘Woodstock’ which was, in part, inspired by emotions evoked by the Vietnam War.
We end as we begin with T. S. Eliot’s ‘The Four Quartets’ and Thomas Adès’ ‘…but all shall be well’, his first composition for large orchestra which was inspired by the closing words of Eliot’s ‘Little Gidding’.
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