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Derek Jarman's Garden

With music from Stravinsky and the Pet Shop Boys, and readings from Derek Jarman's journals, Olivia Laing and TS Eliot, conjuring up the spirit of Prospect Cottage in Dungeness.

Tilda Swinton and Samuel Barnett are the readers in an episode inspired by the saving of the beachside home of film-maker, painter and writer Derek Jarman following a crowd-funding campaign. Jarman (1942-1994) purchased Prospect Cottage on the shingle shore at Dungeness in 1986 following his diagnosis as being HIV positive and it formed the backdrop for his 1990 film The Garden. This was one of 11 feature films he directed including Caravaggio, The Tempest, The Last of England and Blue - which Radio 3 collaborated on with Channel 4 when that premiered in 1993.

Today's Words and Music brings you music referenced in Jarman's writing and films, from Stravinsky's the Rite of Spring to pop songs by the Pet Shop Boys and Annie Lennox which Jarman directed the videos for. Tilda Swinton reads words from Jarman's books Modern Nature, Chroma, and At Your Own Risk, a moving history of homosexuality in the UK, and Samuel Barnett reads poetry including John Donne's The Sun Rising which is inscribed on the wall of Prospect Cottage.

You can read a news story about the saving of Prospect Cottage and see images of it here

Producer: Nick Taylor

Modern Nature - Derek Jarman
At Your Own Risk - Derek Jarman
Chroma - Derek Jarman
Funny Weather: Derek Jarman’s Paradise - Olivia Laing
The Sun Rising - John Donne
Metamorphoses - Ovid (trans. Henry Thomas Riley)
Sonnet 126 - William Shakespeare
Conversations with Angels - John Dee
The Garden of Love - William Blake
The Hollow Men (extract) - T.S. Eliot
Remarks on Colour - Ludwig Wittgenstein (trans. Linda L. McAlister)
Ancient Arabic poem - At-Taliq (trans. A. R. Nykl)

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Music Played

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

  • 00:01

    Brian Eno

    A Clearing

    Performer: Brian Eno.
    • Polydor ?2335 228.
    • Tr7.
  • Derek Jarman

    Modern Nature, read by Derek Jarman

  • Derek Jarman

    Modern Nature, read by Tilda Swinton

  • 00:03

    Johannes Brahms

    Symphony no. 1 in C minor Op.68: 3rd mvt; Un poco allegretto e grazioso

    Performer: Riccardo Chailly (conductor), Gewandhausorchester.
    • DECCA 4785344.
    • Tr3.
  • Olivia Laing

    Funny Weather, read by Samuel Barnett

  • John Donne

    The Sun Rising (extract), read by Samuel Barnett

  • 00:08

    Carlo Gesualdo

    Io parto, e non più dissi

    Performer: Delitiæ Musicæ, Marco Longhini.
    • NAXOS 8573147-49.
    • Tr26.
  • 00:12

    Brian Eno

    Unfamiliar Wind

    Performer: Brian Eno.
    • Polydor 2335 228.
    • Tr6.
  • Derek Jarman

    Modern Nature, read by Tilda Swinton

  • 00:13

    Geraldine Mucha

    The Tempest - overture for orchestra

    Orchestra: Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andreas Sebastian Weiser.
    • ARCO DIVA UP 01922231.
    • Tr1.
  • Ovid, trans. Henry Thomas Riley

    Metamorphosen (book XI – extract), read by Samuel Barnett

  • 00:19

    Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude and fugue for piano no. 11 (Op.87'11) in B major

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI HMC90201920.
    • Tr21.
  • 00:23

    Jean Sibelius

    Belshazzar's Feast Suite, Op. 51 – iii Nocturne

    Performer: Norbert Blum. Performer: Michael Cox. Performer: James Burke. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • CHANDOS CHAN20136.
    • Tr7.
  • Derek Jarman

    Modern Nature, read by Tilda Swinton

  • 00:25

    Jean Sibelius

    Nocturne, Op.51 No.3 (Belshazzar's Feast)

    Music Arranger: Michael Press. Performer: Jascha Heifetz. Performer: Brooks Smith.
    • RCA LSC-2978.
    • Tr5.
  • William Shakespeare

    Sonnet 126, read by Samuel Barnett

  • 00:29


    My Funny Valentine

    Performer: Nico.
    • Beggars Banquet BEG 139.
    • Tr1.
  • Derek Jarman

    Modern Nature, read by Tilda Swinton

  • 00:33

    Igor Stravinsky

    The Rite of Spring, Part 2: Sacrificial Dance

    Orchestra: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Yoel Levi.
    • BERLIN CLASSICS 0021632BC.
    • Tr1.
  • Derek Jarman

    Modern Nature, read by Tilda Swinton

  • 00:38

    Donna McKevitt

    Translucence (A Song Cycle) – v “I Sit Here Immobile”

    Librettist: Derek Jarman. Performer: Donna McKevitt. Performer: Michael Chance. Performer: Melanie Pappenheim. Performer: Kelly McCusker.
    • Dharma cd5.
    • Tr5.
  • William Blake

    The Garden of Love, read by Samuel Barnett

  • 00:40

    Hubert Parry


    Performer: Suzi Pinns.
    • Polydor 24 75 704.
    • Tr7.
  • Derek Jarman

    At Your Own Risk, read by Tilda Swinton

  • John Dee

    Conversations with Angels, read by Samuel Barnett

  • 00:44

    Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Concerto a 5 for 2 oboes and strings (Op.9`12) in D major, 1st movement; Allegro

    Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • DECCA 4581292.
    • Tr16.
  • Olivia Laing

    Funny Weather, read by Samuel Barnett

  • Derek Jarman

    Dear God, read by Samuel Barnett and Tilda Swinton

  • 00:47

    Pet Shop Boys

    It’s a Sin

    Performer: Pet Shop Boys.
    • PARLOPHONE R6158.
    • Tr1.
  • Derek Jarman

    At Your Own Risk, read by Samuel Barnett and Tilda Swinton

  • 00:52

    Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Romance (Op.36) arr. for horn(or cello) & piano [orig. with orchestra]

    Performer: Kathryn Stott. Performer: Christian Poltéra.
    • CHANDOS CHAN10552.
    • Tr8.
  • 00:55

    Simon Fisher Turner

    Blue Gong

    Performer: Simon Fisher Turner.
    • MUTE CDSTUMM 49.
    • Tr1.
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein trans. Linda L. McAlister

    Remarks on Colour, read by Samuel Barnett

  • Derek Jarman

    Chroma, read by Tilda Swinton

  • 00:57

    Billie Holiday

    Blue Moon

    Performer: Billie Holiday.
    • PAN AM RECORDS 9152262.
    • Tr3.
  • 01:00

    Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata for violin solo no. 2 (BWV.1003) in A minor, Grave

    Performer: Viktoria Mullova (violin).
    • ONYX ONYX4040.
    • Tr13.
  • T.S. Eliot

    The Hollow Men (extract), read by Samuel Barnett

  • 01:02

    John Adams

    Shaker Loops: A final shaking

    Orchestra: London Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Warren‐Green.
    • NAXOS 8.559031.
    • Tr7.
  • 01:05

    Derek Jarman / Donna McKevitt

    Translucence (A Song Cycle) – 16. Prelude

    Performer: Caroline Dale (cello).
    • Instant Karma ?Dharma cd5.
    • Tr16.
  • At-Taliq, trans. A. R. Nykl

    Ancient Arabic poem, read by Samuel Barnett

  • Derek Jarman

    Modern Nature, read by Tilda Swinton

  • Derek Jarman

    At Your Own Risk, read by Tilda Swinton

  • 01:09

    Cole Porter

    Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

    Performer: Annie Lennox.
    • Chrysalis ?CDP 3217992.
    • Tr10.


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