From the Library: A Bird In The Hand…

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 11 March, 2009

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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Otenth Paderborn March 11, 2009 at 09:45

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


Elrik Merlin March 11, 2009 at 16:33

Well, that was VERY cool. Thanks!


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