From the Library: A Bird In The Hand…

Elrik Mer­lin writes:

Today I thought I would try some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent.

From time to time 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 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…

Vic­to­ri­an engrav­ing of a Bunting cour­tesy of The Graph­ics Fairy.

From the Library is pro­duced in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library; today’s pro­gramme was pro­duced by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to it on our Main Stream as fol­lows:

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2 Responses to “From the Library: A Bird In The Hand…”

  1. Otenth Paderborn says:

    And I just hap­pen to have come across this video in my RSS read­er:

  2. Elrik Merlin says:

    Well, that was VERY cool. Thanks!

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