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Scary Forests

In Tune's specially curated playlist: an eclectic mix of music, featuring favourites, lesser-known gems, and a few surprises as Radio 3 goes Into the Forest.

As Radio 3 goes Into the Forest, the In Tune Mixtape evokes the spirit of the forest with 30 minutes of specially curated music interspersed with natural sounds of the forest. You can easily get lost in the woods, and this sequence explores scary atmospheres and unexpected encounters, beginning cheerfully enough with that legendary thief of Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood evoked by Korngold; then a Prince encounters a Baker's Wife, warning her that "anything can happen in the woods..." (from Sondheim's Into The Woods) - so we go deeper into the scary forest, with spooky atmospheres evoked by Weber's Freischutz and Auric's Beauty And The Beast, as well as a dark song by Robert Wyatt - and when we finally come to the Teddy Bears' Picnic, we may agree that if you go down to the woods, "you'd better not go alone".

30 minutes

Music Played

  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Robin meets Little John (The Adventures of Robin Hood)

    Orchestra: Utah Symphony. Conductor: Varujan Kojian.
    • That’s Entertainment.
  • Stephen Sondheim

    Any moment in the woods (from Into The Woods)

    Singer: Chip Zien. Singer: Robert Westenberg. Director: Paul Gemignani.
    • RCA.
  • John Williams

    Treesong (1st mvt)

    Performer: Gil Shaham. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
    • DG.
  • Robert Wyatt


    Performer: Robert Wyatt. Performer: David Gilmour.
    • Hannibal.
  • Béla Fleck

    Black Forest

    Performer: Béla Fleck. Performer: David Grisman.
    • Rounder.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Through the forest have I gone (Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 1)

    Performer: Stephen Terry. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • London.
  • Georges Auric

    Dans la Foret (from La Belle et la Bete)

    Orchestra: Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Adriano.
    • NAXOS.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Der Freischutz Act 2 Finale "Die Wolfsschlucht"

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • LSO.
  • Franz Schubert

    Nachtgesang im Walde (D913)

    Choir: The King’s Singers. Ensemble: Michael Thompson Horn Quartet.
    • RCA.
  • Hildegard Westerkamp

    Beneath the Forest Floor

    Performer: Hildegard Westerkamp.
    • Transformations.
    • Empreintes Digitales ‎.
    • 5.
  • John Walter Bratton

    The Teddy Bears' Picnic

    Singer: Val Rosing. Orchestra: Henry Hall & His Orchestra.


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