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Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang!

Plot the perfect murder; dance till you drop; yield to sweet temptation; and walk the mean streets with Henry Goodman and Tracy-Ann Oberman.

Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang! is a brazen attempt to lure you into temptation. It's a fast ride to a place where sex and violence collide. People literally dance for their lives or are ordered to stay glued to their seats or risk losing theirs. It's the world of noir - the world of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, James M Cain, Chester Himes and Elmore Leonard. It's a world populated by "friends of Italian opera" as Billy Wilder famously put it in Some Like it Hot. Rigoletto is a well established gangster favourite but you'll also hear Carreras singing Amapola and Pavarotti's Chi mi frena in tal momento - not to mention John Adams's City Noir, John Zorn's Spillane and Kurt Weill. Tracy-Ann Oberman and Henry Goodman brave the shadows and lead us along the mean streets deep into the poisoned heart of this modern darkness.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 6 Aug 2017 22:30

Music Played

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

  • Henry Miller

    The Air-conditioned Nightmare read by Henry Goodman

  • 00:00

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Rigoletto - Act I Scene 2: The old man laid his curse on me! (Rigoletto, Sparafucile)

    Performer: English National Opera and Chorus, Mark Elder.
    • Chandos 3030.
    • CD1 Tr7.
  • James M. Cain

    The Postman Always Rings Twice read by Henry Goodman

  • 00:07

    John Zorn

    Spillane

    Performer: John Zorn.
    • Nonesuch 9791722.
    • Tr1.
  • Joseph Moncure March

    The Wild Party read by Tracy-Ann Oberman

  • 00:16

    Jose M. Lacalle

    Amapola

    Performer: José Carreras (Tenor), English Chamber Orchestra, Robin Stapleton (Conductor).
    • Ensayo ENYCD 9729.
    • Tr2.
  • Raymond Chandler

    Playback read by Henry Goodman

  • 00:23

    Gaetano Donizetti

    Lucia di Lammermoor, "Chi mi frena in tal momento"

    Performer: Luciano Pavarotti, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Richard Bonynge (Conductor).
    • Decca 4101932.
    • CD2 Tr11.
  • Raymond chandler

    from 'Goldfish' read by Henry Goodman

  • 00:30

    Alex North

    Revelation

    Performer: Jerry Goldsmith, The National Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Varèse Sarabande VSD 5500.
    • Tr10.
  • Dashiell Hammett

    The Maltese Falcon read by Tracy-Ann Oberman

  • 00:37

    Kurt Weill

    Die Dreigroschenoper - Die Moritat Von Mackie Messer

    Performer: Ensemble Modern.
    • RCA Victor Red Seal – 74321 66133 2.
    • CD1 Tr2.
  • Elmore Leonard

    Freaky Deaky read by Henry Goodman

  • 00:42

    Chico Hamilton and Fred Katz

    Goodbye Baby from Sweet Smell of Success

    Performer: The Chico Hamilton Quintet.
    • Él - ACMEM132CD.
    • Tr1.
  • Horace McCoy

    They shoot horses, don’t they read by Tracy-Ann Oberman

  • 00:49

    John Adams

    City Noir

    Performer: Juilliard Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Academy, John Adams (Conductor).
    • Performed at BBC Radio 3 Proms Monday 16th July 2012.
  • Chester Himes

    The Real Cool Killers read by Tracy-Ann Oberman

  • 01:03

    Elmer Bernstein

    The Man with the Golden Arm, The Fix

    Performer: Elmer Bernstein and Orchestra.
    • TRAX MODEM CD1013.
    • Tr4.
  • John Franklin Bardin

    The Deadly Percheron read by Tracy-Ann Oberman

  • 01:08

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Rigoletto - Act III: Now for my vengeance, now the moment is ready (Rigoletto, Sparafucile)

    Performer: English National Opera and Chorus, Mark Elder.
    • Chandos 3030.
    • CD2 Tr18.
  • 01:09

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Rigoletto - Act III: He's there, murdered, oh yes (Rigoletto, Duke)

    Performer: English National Opera and Chorus, Mark Elder.
    • Chandos 3030.
    • CD2 Tr19.
  • Henry Miller

    The Air-conditioned Nightmare read by Henry Goodman

  • 01:12

    Bernard Herrmann

    Cleaning the Cab

    Performer: Bernard Herrmann.
    • ARISTA 78221900522.
    • Tr3.

Words and Music: Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang!

 

Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang!  Is a brazen attempt to lure you into temptation.  It’s a fast ride to a place where sex and violence collide. People literally dance for their lives or are ordered to stay glued to their seats or risk losing theirs. 

It’s the world of noir – the world of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain, Chester Himes and Elmore Leonard. It’s a world populated by “friends of Italian opera” as Billy Wilder famously put it in Some Like it Hot.  Rigoletto, is a well-established gangster favourite but you’ll also hear Carreras singing Amapola and Pavarotti’s Chi mi frena in tal momento – not to mention John Adams’ City Noir, John Zorn’s Spillane and Kurt Weill. 

Tracy-Ann Oberman and Henry Goodman brave the shadows and lead us along the mean streets deep into the poisoned heart of this modern darkness.

 Producer: Zahid Warley

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