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Actors Tony Gardner and Janie Dee read from a selection of literary feasts with music by Charpentier, Beyonce, Schubert and Charles Aznavour.

Does a feast always conjure images of rich food and eating too much? The actors Tony Gardner and Janie Dee read from a selection of literary feasts including F Scott Fiztgerald’s account of an opulent garden party thrown by Jay Gatsby to the small scale "This Is Just To Say" by William Carlos Williams (a cheeky note left on a fridge admitting to have eaten someone else's plums) and Chinua Achebe's Yam Feast from Things Fall Apart. Plus poems including Flowers in the Interval by Louis MacNeice and All Souls by Kit Wright. Music by Copland, Charpentier, Beyoncé, John Barry, Charles Aznavour and Schubert.

Producer: Paul Frankl

1 hour, 14 minutes

Last on

Sun 23 Dec 2018 17:30

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Aaron Copland

    Down a Country Lane

    Performer: LSO, Aaron Copland (conductor).
    • SONY SM2K89323.
    • 16.
  • Elizabeth Alexander

    Butter read by Janie Dee

  • 00:03

    Philip Glass

    New Cities in Ancient Lands

    Performer: Orchestra, Michael Riesman (conductor).
    • Elektra Nonesuch ?– 79192-2.
    • 10-11.
  • 00:09


    The Night of Bonfire

    Performer: Liu Fang and Farhan Sabbagh.
    • World Music Network RGNET1122CD.
    • 1.
  • Salt Lick!

    Lu Ming (trans. Ezra Pound) read by Tony Gardner

  • Chinua Achebe

    Things Fall Apart [Chinua Acheba] read by Janie Dee

  • 00:15

    Abdullah Ibrahim

    Banyana (The Children of Africa)

    Performer: Abdullah Ibrahim.
    • Enja ENJ-2149 2.
    • 1.
  • 00:17


    Apache Indian Drums (Sedona)

    Performer: not given.
    • Time Machine Records.
    • 1.
  • 00:18

    Harry James

    I’ve Never Heard That Song Before

    Performer: Harry James and His Orchestra.
    • Classics CLASSICS1132.
    • 2.
  • Heartburn [Nora Ephron]

    Heartburn read by Janie Dee

  • 00:22

    James V. Monaco/ Joseph McCarthy

    You Made Me Love You

    Performer: Harry James and His Orchestra.
    • MCA MCAD6190.
    • 9.
  • Jonathan Coe: The Rotters Club read by Tony Gardner

  • 00:28



    Performer: Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Bavarian State Orchestra, Carlos Kleiber (conductor).
    • DG.
    • 9.
  • F Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby read by Tony Gardner

  • 00:32

    Glenn Miller

    In The Mood

    Performer: Glenn Miller and His Band.
    • KAZ.
    • 1.
  • 00:33


    Crazy in Love

    Performer: Bryan Ferry Orchestra, Bryan Ferry.
    • Sony Classical 88883771142.
    • 8.
  • 00:34

    Roger Edens

    Here’s to the Girls

    Performer: Fred Astaire.
    • CDODEON 3. .
    • 4.
  • Tis the Feast of Corn (Verlaine) read by Janie Dee

  • 00:41

    Charles Aznavour

    Le Temps

    Performer: Charles Aznavour.
    • EMI 831982 2.
    • 22.
  • Jonathan Swift: O’Rourke’s Feast read by Tony Gardner

  • 00:46


    Arthur O’Bradley

    Performer: The Full English.
    • Topic Records – TSCD823.
    • 5.
  • William Carlos Williams: This Is Just To Say read by Janie Dee

  • 00:50

    Francisco Tárrega

    Recuerdos de la Alhambra

    Performer: Andrés Segovia.
    • DG 4716972.
    • 1.
  • 00:55

    John Barry

    007 And Counting

    Performer: Orchestra/ John Barry.
    • EMI CDP 796209-2.
    • 11.
  • Ian Fleming: Casino Royale read by Tony Gardner

  • 00:58

    Monty Norman

    James Bond Theme

    Performer: Orchestra.
    • Bronze GBRCD1007.
    • CD2 Tr2.
  • Jon Stallworthy: After La Desserte read by Janie Dee

  • 01:01


    Chaconne: Sans frayeur dans ce bois

    Performer: Sophie Daneman (soprano) Les Art Florissants, William Christie.
    • ERATO 3984 25485 2.
    • 21.
  • Kit Wright: All Souls read by Tony Gardner

  • 01:03

    Franz Schubert

    Litanei auf des fest Aller Seelen

    Performer: Elizabeth Schumann (soprano).
    • EMI CHS 7 63040 2.
    • CD1 Tr23.
  • Dickens: A Christmas Carol read by Janie Dee

  • 01:10

    Trad. Arr Kate and Anna McGarrigle

    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

    Performer: Kate & Anna McGarrigle.
    • Nonesuch ?– 79925-2.
    • 13.


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