Episode #3337

Poetry Set to Music, II

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Niyaz performed at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village on February 26. Niyaz performed at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village on February 26. (Hannah Thiem/flickr)

This New Sounds is the companion program to last night's show, where we'll not be limited to English-language poets.  Look forward to texts by Rumi (Persian poet and mystic), set by Philip Glass.  Also, listen for poetry by Pablo Neruda in a setting by Osvaldo Golijov.  Plus, music by 17th century Alevi-Bektashi poets, as rendered by the band Niyaz and their vocalist Azam Ali, and more music with poetry by Pablo Neruda, and perhaps text by Rainer Maria Rilke, and more.

PROGRAM #3337, Poetry Set to Music, II (First aired on 5/11/2012)                                                        





Marcel Khalife & Mahmoud Darwish

Fall of the Moon

And We Love Life (Mahmoud Darwish) [7:45]

Nagam Records NR 1020 / Traditional Crossroads

Donna McKevitt


i walk in this garden (Derek Jarman) [4:33]

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Maria Neckam


You Will Remember (Pablo Neruda) [5:04]

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Arzusun  (Alevi-Bektashi poet Kul Nesimi) [6:24]

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Philip Glass

Monsters of Grace

The New Rule (Rumi) [5:51]

Orange Mountain Music OMM0041

Sussan Deyhim

Madman of God

The Candle And The Moth (Saadi)[5:09]

Crammed Discs #craw22.

Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra / Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Luciana Souza, vocalist


Osvaldo Golijov: Oceana

Osvaldo Golijov: Oceana: Third Wave- "Oceana, reclina tu noche en el castillo" (Pablo Neruda) [2:12]

Oceana: Aria- "Tengo hambre de noo ser sino piedra marina" [5:30]

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Dertli (Alevi-Bektashi poet Ashik Dertli) [4:18]

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Comments [4]

Peter K from Brooklyn

Great show, some additional suggestions:

* Leo Ferre, the great French singer, has a series of CDs called Les Poetes that features his arrangements of poems by the great modernist poets Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine and Apollinaire. Superb.

* Lorca is well served by both Leonard Cohen's "Take This Waltz," (on his CD "I'm Your Man" ) and Anna Belen's CD "Lorquiana", which sets Lorca poems to various musical styles, including one that combines Cohen's melody with Lorca's original poem "Pequeno Vals Vienes."

May. 15 2012 12:25 PM
New Sounds Asst.

@Scott, I added trackback links to some recent relevant shows involving poetry settings. Happy Monday to you.

May. 14 2012 11:28 AM
Scott A. Barton from Harlem

listening to your show at the end of a long day/schlog of a week I hope for Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's Neruda Songs...the show was superb...I'm just captured by that piece and was left wishing for it. More shows like this are truly warranted. Thanks for this episode

May. 12 2012 09:14 AM
khadija from brooklyn

Home! How I miss............. thank you. k

May. 11 2012 11:41 PM

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