Today, writes Elrik Merlin, I’m revisiting a playlist I created back in 2009 with a significant number of additional tracks. From time to time my fellow Radio Riel presenters do a show where they play a certain section of their
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A Bird In The Hand Redux…

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 24 November, 2012

A Bird In The Hand Redux…

Today, writes Elrik Merlin, I’m revisiting a playlist I created back in 2009 with a significant number of additional tracks.

From time to time my fellow Radio Riel presenters do a show where they play a certain section of their music library — or even all of it — on random. That’s not something I’m tempted to do, because my library is so bizarre that it would throw up all kinds of strange things that would bore you all silly. Not to mention amazing bits of radio drama – that would all pop up in the wrong order. And apart from anything else, experience has taught me that there is bound to be stuff in my library that you’ll hate — whoever you are. “How could he like that?!”

What I decided to do instead of totally random selections from across my collection was to pick a theme and see what came up, and include it more or less whatever the genre. The theme I chose for today’s show was “Birds”.

Even this is asking for trouble, as today you’ll hear a very wide and eclectic selection of music (I pruned non-musical selections out of the playlist). Looking at the content of this show, for example, I know that you will hear selections of Baroque keyboard music written “In Imitation of Birds”, including one of my favourite pieces by Thomas Arne, the Allegro from Sonata #3 in G, played on the harpsichord. But you will also get tracks from the album Birds - the second album by Dutch rock band Trace led by the late Rick van der Linden (a classically-trained organist, formerly of Ekseption), issued in the 1970s. You will hear several versions of A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, a beautiful, moving song from 1940 that was a big hit for Vera Lynn. You may well get the odd bit of Deep Purple and Barclay James Harvest. And I am particularly happy to have finally found an excuse to play Sergei Kuryokhin’s extraordinary Sparrow Oratorium on Radio Riel.…

There will be some bizarre segues today. I wonder how they’ll work out…

And don’t miss the latest series of The ZBS Radio Hour, which goes out tonight at 11am and 7pm Pacific (19:00 and 03:00 GMT) when we begin two new adventures: At the top of the hour, it’s Jack Flanders in The Ah-Ha! Phenomenon; while at the half-hour it’s the start of a deliciously funny Steampunk drama: Lady Windermere’s Brass Fantabulous.

Victorian engraving of a Bunting courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.


Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to the programme now at http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in; outside the US, tune to http://main.radioriel.org in-world, or simply click here if your browser is configured to launch a player automatically.

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