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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