WORDS and MUSIC
D.I. Mike Burdenin ‘Ruth Rendell Mysteries’
Sergeant Patricia Dawkins in the sitcom ‘Thin Blue Line’
In these three programmes, readings are woven around music by the composers and their contemporaries.
MAN & MUSIC
TURBULENCE & FRIENDSHIPS
The English Piano Trio present three contrasting ‘Words and Music’ programmes for their next season.
BEETHOVEN – A GENIUS
The English Piano Trio presents a full length programme involving 2 narrators. Music from the piano trios is woven around Beethoven’s revealing letters and contemporary accounts.
In 2020, to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the English Piano Trio offers performances of his 7 great piano trios. These works are some of the finest in the piano trio repertoire.
MOZART – MAN & MUSIC
Mozart composed six magnificent piano trios. He also wrote letters to family, friends and colleagues. These letters are not only accounts of his work and travels, but also a revelation of an inner world of his joys, worries and emotions. They portray his humour and wit, and make compulsive reading and listening. These readings are woven around movements from the trios.
This script is narrated by Christopher Ravenscroft
THE SCHUMANNS – TURBULENCE & FRIENDSHIPS
Robert Schumann’s emotionally turbulent life is unusually well-documented, not least because both he and his wife Clara kept diaries. The revealing and entertaining entries provide an insight into his music, his psychology, his friendships with Mendelssohn, Wagner, Liszt and Brahms, and of course his marriage to Clara, mother of their many children, as well as one of the greatest pianists of her age. The music is from works by both Robert and Clara Schumann, Brahms and Mendelssohn.
This script is narrated by Christopher Ravenscroft and Serena Evans
Christopher Ravenscroft first became a household name co starring in Ruth Rendell’s ‘Inspector Wexford’ series. He worked regularly with the RSC playing parts as diverse as Buckingham in Richard III, Antonio in the Merchant of Venice, Banquo in Macbeth and Cassius in Julius Caesar. His film appearances include Montjoy in Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V.
Serena Evans concluded a hugely successful West End run in 2014 with Angela Lansbury. Familiar to TV audiences, she is best known for her starring role with Rowan Atkinson in the series ‘Thin Blue Line’.
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