Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Macbeth, read by Sian Phillips
Macbeth, read by Joseph Mydell
The Overstory, read by Sian Phillips
The Acorn, read by Sian Phillips
The Golden Bough, read by Joseph Mydell
The Oak and the Reeds
I robbed the woods, read by Sian Phillips
The Oak, read by Sian Phillips
Winnie The Pooh, read by Sian Phillips
The Round Oak, read by Sian Phillips
Reflections on the Revolution in France, read by Joseph Mydell
The Western Wind, read by Joseph Mydell
Wuthering Heights, read by Joseph Mydell
The Old Oak Coffin, read by Joseph Mydell
The French Revolution, read by Sian Phillips
Words and Music: The Might Oak
As Radio 3 ventures Into The Forest, Words and Music focusses on the mighty oak. We start with Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the witches, illustrated with music by Verdi and Smetana; a more contemporary American production described in Richard Powers’ The Overstory.
Winnie-the-Pooh comes unstuck looking for honey in an oak tree, while Aesop’s fable contrasts the unbending oak with the more flexible reeds. Rhapsodic oak-themed poems come from Emily Dickinson, Lord Tennyson and Joseph Enright, one more tinged with wistful sadness from John Clare.
Our uses for oak wood for furniture feature in selections from Emily Bronte and Samantha Harvey, and for coffins from W. Harrison Ainsworth.
And as a metaphor for the end of things, William Soutar’s bleak vision of the cruel death of an oak under the axeman’s gleam comes from Benjamin Britten.