Musical Portraits of the English Landscape

The tiny village of Eaton, with Wenlock Edge behind

For this New Sounds, listen to musical portraits of the rolling hills and little lanes of the English countryside, and the English fascination with landscape.  There’s music from a recent recording by English sax player, clarinetist and composer John Surman,“Saltash Bells.” Built around loops of synth tones, the work is an audio reminiscence of hearing bells ringing from the church across the river.  Also, listen to a portion of an early work from Mike Oldfield, “Hergest Ridge," named after an elongated hill on English/Welsh border.  Also, listen to music from Brian Eno and Jocelyn Pook.  Plus music by Michael Nyman from “Drowning By Numbers.”

PROGRAM #3437, Portraits of the English Landscape (First aired on 3/5/2013)                                       





Ian Partridge, Music Group of London, Neville Dilkes

Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge . Warlock: The Curlew

Ralph Vaughan-Williams: Bredon Hill, excerpt [2:20]

EMI Classics - #968939 (2 disc set)
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John Surman

Saltash Bells

On Staddon Heights [7:32]

ECM 2266

Mike Oldfield

Elements - CD One (Fire)

Hergest Ridge, excerpt [9:33]

Virgin 4-CD set, #39089, out of print.
The complete “Hergest Ridge” is available at, Universal Distribution - #5326753

Brian Eno

Ambient 4 / On Land

Lantern Marsh [5:31]

E.G. #20, reissued by Astralwerks Available at

Michael Nyman

Drowning By Numbers

Drowning by Number 2 [6:37]

Virgin Venture #CDVE #23./ Caroline #1646,
Also reissued for Nyman’s 60th birthday in 2004 as Virgin EMI CDVE 967.

Jocelyn Pook

Untold Things

Butter Fly Song [3:39]

Real World Records 7243850781

Geoff Smith

Fifteen Wild Decembers

The Last of England [9:04]

Sony Classical #66505.  Out of print, but
available for purchase at

Sonny Sharrock


Kate (Variations on a Theme by Kate Bush) [5:00]

Enemy Productions EMY 119
Out of print but still available online. Try