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'The truth is rarely pure and never simple.' Morfydd Clark and Neil Dudgeon read a selection of prose and poems mixed with music on a theme inspired by the 2019 National Poetry Day.

"The truth is rarely pure and never simple" Morfydd Clark and Neil Dudgeon with a selection of prose and poems mixed with music on a theme inspired by National Poetry Day 2019, which is crowd-sourcing poems that tell the truth about something that matters to you, or deliver a home truth.

National Poetry Day is on October 3rd.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod

Readings:
Emily Dickinson – Tell all the Truth, but tell it slant
John Keats – Ode on a Grecian Urn
Stephen Crane – XXVIII [Truth, said a traveller]
Thomas Hardy – Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Hans Christian Andersen – The Emperor’s New Clothes
WB Yeats – To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Nothing
Selima Hill – Why I Left You
Vernon Scannell – Where Shall We Go?
Hilaire Belloc – Matilda
Philip Gross – Severn Song
Charles Bukowski – Confession
Meena Alexander – Diagnosis

1 hour, 14 minutes

Music Played

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

  • 00:00

    Joel Cohen

    Motet: Veritas Arpie

    Performer: Laurie Monahan (mezzo-soprano), Shira Kammen (rebec).
    • ERATO 4509963922.
    • Tr13.
  • Emily Dickinson

    Tell all the Truth, but tell it slant, read by Morfydd Clark

  • 00:01

    Manuel de Falla

    El pan de Ronda que sabe a verdad

    Performer: Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano), Anthony Spiri (piano).
    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC902133.
    • Tr28.
  • John Keats

    Ode on a Grecian Urn, read by Neil Dudgeon

  • 00:03

    Arvo Pärt

    Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten

    Performer: Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Dennis Russell Davies (conductor).
    • ECM 817 764-2.
    • Tr2.
  • Stephen Crane

    XXVIII [Truth, said a traveller], read by Morfydd Clark

  • 00:09

    Dave Brubeck, Robert Penn Warren

    Truth

    Performer: Pacific Mozart Ensemble.
    • SONO LUMINUS DSL92160.
    • Tr19.
  • Thomas Hardy

    Tess of the d’Urbervilles, read by Neil Dudgeon

  • 00:13

    Darby Slick

    Somebody To Love

    Performer: Jefferson Airplane.
    • Sony Music 8697 48240 2.
    • Tr13.
  • 00:13

    Lowman Pauling

    Tell The Truth

    Performer: Ray Charles.
    • Rhino Records (2) R2 72859.
    • CD1 Tr22.
  • Hans Christian Andersen (translated by Jean Hersholt)

    The Emperor’s New Clothes, read by Morfydd Clark

  • 00:19

    Giuseppe Verdi

    O Signor, di Fiandra arrivo

    Performer: Sherrill Milnes (baritone), Ruggero Raimondi (bass), Orchestra of the ROH, Carlo Maria Giulini (conductor).
    • EMI CDS7477018.
    • CD2 Tr4.
  • 00:22

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Quest’e la pace che voi date al mondo?

    Performer: Sherrill Milnes (baritone), Ruggero Raimondi (bass), Orchestra of the ROH, Carlo Maria Giulini (conductor).
    • EMI CDS7477018.
    • CD2 Tr5.
  • W. B. Yeats

    To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Nothing, read by Neil Dudgeon

  • 00:25

    Joni Mitchell

    Hejira

    Performer: Joni Mitchell.
    • Nonesuch.
    • ‎79817-2.
    • CD2 Tr5.
  • Selima Hill

    Why I Left You, read by Morfydd Clark

  • Vernon Scannell

    Where Shall We Go? read by Neil Dudgeon

  • 00:37

    Anikulapo Kuti, Olufemi Olufela

    Truth Don Die

    Performer: Femi Kuti.
    • Wrasse Records WRASS 136.
    • Tr1.
  • Hilaire Belloc

    Matilda, read by Morfydd Clark

  • 00:45

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Diabelli Variations – Var. 31: Largo, molto espressivo

    Performer: Igor Levit.
    • SONY 8887506092.
    • CD2 Tr32.
  • 00:50

    Howard Skempton

    Lento

    Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mark Wigglesworth (conductor).
    • NMC NMCD032.
    • Tr1.
  • Philip Gross

    Severn Song, read by Neil Dudgeon

  • Alfred Lord Tennyson

    The Grandmother, read by Morfydd Clark

  • 00:59

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Valiant-for-truth

    Performer: The Choir of Clare College Cambridge, Timothy Brown (conductor).
    • NAXOS 8572465.
    • Tr2.
  • Charles Bukowski

    Confession, read by Neil Dudgeon

  • 01:06

    Brian Wilson

    Till I Die

    Performer: The Beach Boys.
    • Brother Records (3) UICY-25601.
    • Tr9.
  • Meena Alexander

    Diagnosis, read by Morfydd Clark

  • 01:09

    John Tavener

    New Jerusalem – Upanishad Hymn

    Performer: Patricia Rozario (soprano), Adrian Peacock (bass), Jeremy Birchall (bass), The Choir of the Temple Church, The English Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Layton (conductor).
    • RCA 82876661542.
    • CD2 Tr17.

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