The Tempest: Music for Shakespeare

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by Elrik Merlin on Tuesday, 12 August, 2008

Today’s programme in our final SL Shakespeare Summer 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 classical – for example Tchaikovsky’s fantasy overtures for Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet 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 a great deal more, such as Alfred Reed’s evocative Shakespearian pieces for wind band.

Then as part of the programme we will be featuring a performance of The Tempest with a full cast and starring Ian McKellen and Emilia Fox.

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 The Tempest. 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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