#3730: "No Man Is An Island" & Other Music Inspired by John Donne Poetry

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“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” 
― John DonneNo Man Is An Island - Meditation XVII

For this New Sounds, listen to music inspired by the English poet, priest, mystic, philosopher, alchemist, John Donne (1572 – 1631.) From the Russian pianist/composer Anton Batagov, Norwegian author and pianist Ketil Bjornstad, Van Morrison, and the late English guitarist John Renbourn (later of Pentangle), hear musicians who are REALLY into early 17th C English poetry. There’s music from the “Indietronic Neo-Krautrock” duo Tarwater, as well as a new orchestral vocal cycle of John Donne meditations and poetry by Anton Batagov. It’s from his forthcoming record called “I Fear No More,” which features a cast of Russian rockers, an operatic baritone, and the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra, but Batagov has such reverence for the material that he leaves all the text in English. Then, listen to two different settings of words by John Donne and music by Norwegian Ketil Bjornstad. And much more.

PROGRAM #3730–Poetry of John Donne (First aired on 05/21/2015)    

ARTIST: Dennis Brown
WORK: No Man Is an Island, excerpt [:30]
RECORDING: No Man is an Island
SOURCE: Studio One
INFO: Available at iTunes, Amazon.com, Emusic.com

ARTIST: Tarwater
WORK: Relique (Donne) [3:49]
RECORDING: Salon des Refuses
SOURCE: Kitty-Yo
INFO: Out of print. But download is available via iTunes, Emusic, Amazon.com.

ARTIST:Anton Batagov, The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Vladimir Jurowski, conductor | Alexander Korenkov, baritone
WORK: Anton Batagov/John Donne - The Message [7:21]
RECORDING: I Fear No More: Selected Songs and Meditations of John Donne
SOURCE: Fancymusic
INFO: batagov.com

ARTIST: Ketil Bjornstad w/vocalist Anneli Drecker
WORK: Grace (Donne) [5:13]
RECORDING: Grace
SOURCE: Decca/ Universal - #0136222
INFO: Available as an import at Amazon.com, available at Amazon.co.uk

ARTIST: John Renbourn
WORK: Song (Donne: Go and Catch a Falling Star) [1:55]
RECORDING: John Renbourn
SOURCE: Sanctuary - #CMRCD 359
INFO: Out of print.

ARTIST: Van Morrison
WORK: Rave On John Donne [5:13]
RECORDING: Greatest Hits
SOURCE: Mercury - #8419702
INFO:  Available at iTunes, Emusic, Amazon.com.

ARTIST:Anton Batagov, The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Vladimir Jurowski, conductor | Alexander Korenkov, baritone
WORK: Anton Batagov/John Donne - A Hymn to God the Father [7:59]
RECORDING: I Fear No More: Selected Songs and Meditations of John Donne
SOURCE: Fancymusic
INFO: batagov.com

ARTIST: Vladislav Sendecki, piano
WORK: Daniel Schnyder : Donne Variations, excerpt [2:47]
RECORDING:  Daniel Schnyder - Mythen
SOURCE: Koch International 310170
INFO: danielschnyder.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Ketil Bjornstad w/Randi Stene
WORK: Sweetest Love (Donne) [5:52]
RECORDING: The Shadow
SOURCE: Kirkelig Kulturverksted KKV FXCD93 
INFO: shop.klicktrack.comAlso available at Emusic.com, iTunes

ARTIST:Anton Batagov, The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Vladimir Jurowski, conductor | Alexander Korenkov, baritone
WORK: Epilogue [5:23]
RECORDING: I Fear No More: Selected Songs and Meditations of John Donne
SOURCE: Fancymusic
INFO: batagov.com