The Play’s The Thing — Music for Shakespeare

Today’s pro­gramme in our spe­cial Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream week fea­tures a wide range of music, but around one com­mon theme: the plays of William Shake­speare were the inspi­ra­tion. The works you’ll hear today range from the Baroque – with Pur­cel­l’s The Fairy Queen (the first musi­cal set­ting of A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream) and The Tem­pest – to the mod­ern: Gryphon’s Mid­night Mushrumps, also com­posed for The Tem­pest but this time by Richard Har­vey for Peter Hal­l’s 1973 Nation­al The­atre Com­pa­ny pro­duc­tion; and the Third Ear Band’s eerie com­po­si­tions for Polan­ski’s film ver­sion of Mac­beth.

In between, we’ll be hear­ing Tchaikovsky’s Fan­tasias After Shake­speare, Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juli­et, Beecham’s his­toric post­war record­ing of A Vil­lage Romeo & Juli­et by Fred­er­ick Delius, and a great deal more includ­ing, of course, Mendelssohn’s Over­ture and inci­den­tal music to A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream.

The music will be inter­spersed by select­ed read­ings from A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream by the Radio Riel Play­ers, made up of Radio Riel’s lis­ten­ers and staff. Then at 3pm SLT we will be fea­tur­ing a record­ing of the play in its entire­ty with an all-star British cast.

You can lis­ten to this, and all this week’s spe­cial pro­gram­ming on Radio Riel’s Main Stream:

SL Shake­speare Sum­mer is a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion of Radio Riel, Riel Events and the Cale­don Library and includes three series of events in June, July and August, each based around one of Shake­speare’s plays, with an asso­ci­at­ed Library exhi­bi­tion, dai­ly spe­cial pro­gram­ming and cul­mi­nat­ing in a grand ball. This month the theme is A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream. Click here for full details of the events pro­gramme for this week.

• Many of today’s musi­cal items have com­plex meta­da­ta and will not dis­play their titles cor­rect­ly or in full in the “Now Play­ing” wid­get at the top of the page: you may even erro­neous­ly see “stream unavail­able”. To see what is play­ing, please lis­ten to the stream in a reg­u­lar media play­er with meta­da­ta dis­play such as iTunes or WinAmp.

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