A celebration in anticipation of precipitation. Music includes works by Chopin, Britten and Copland, readings come from Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen and George Mackay Brown read by Lucian Msamati and Lisa Dillon.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Twelth Night, read by Lucian Msamati
The Book of Genesis, read by Lucian Msamati
The Book of Genesis, read by Lisa Dillon
Pride and Prejudice, read by Lisa Dillon
April Rain Song, read by Lucian Msamati
Greenvoe, read by Lisa Dillon
All Day it has Rained, read by Lucian Msamati
Still Falls the Rain, read by Lucian Msamati
Summer Shower, read by Lisa Dillon
Rain in Summer, read by Lisa Dillon
The Shower, read by Lisa Dillon
Rain on a Grave, read by Lucian Msamati
If erigenia is ‘the harbinger of spring’, it can only be because it is nourished and kissed into life by that other harbinger of spring, April showers. The nightclub singer of Bernstein’s Ain’t got no tears left (here none other than Cleo Lane) knows this, as did Henry Vaughan in his poem The Shower. Langston Hughes loves the April rain; for WW2 poet Alun Lewis it’s just one more grey aspect to the doomed monotony of combat; for George Mackay Brown’s character Mrs McKee it’s the catalyst that leads to a heartbreaking secret that will haunt her entire life.
Only Noah, his family and just two of every species are spared God’s wrath in the Flood from the Book of Genesis, accompanied here by spiky music Stravinsky wrote for a ‘60s TV version. In Pride and Prejudice, beautiful Jane Bennet foolishly treks cross-country in the rain and succumbs to a remarkably precipitous cold the next morning; Chopin’s health was certainly not helped by his sojourn in soggy Mallorca with George Sand, a stay which nevertheless resulted in his set of 24 Preludes.
Thomas Hardy is moved by rain falling on his wife’s grave, while Emily Dickinson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow delight in its rejuvenating qualities. Musical storms come from Britten’s Peter Grimes, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Copland’s kids’ opera The Second Hurricane.
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