#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 Donne, No 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)             

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RECORDING

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SOURCE

Dennis Brown

No Man is an Island

No Man Is an Island, excerpt [:30]

Studio One
Available at iTunes, Amazon.com, Emusic.com

Tarwater

Salon des Refuses

Relique (Donne) [3:49]

Kitty-Yo
Out of print. But download is available via iTunes, Emusic, Amazon.com.

Anton Batagov, The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Vladimir Jurowski, conductor | Alexander Korenkov, baritone

I Fear No More: Selected Songs and Meditations of John Donne

Anton Batagov/John Donne - The Message [7:21]

Fancymusic
batagov.com
Due out June 1

Ketil Bjornstad w/vocalist Anneli Drecker

Grace

Grace (Donne) [5:13]

Decca/ Universal - #0136222
Available as an import at Amazon.com
Available at Amazon.co.uk

John Renbourn

John Renbourn

Song (Donne: Go and Catch a Falling Star) [1:55]

Sanctuary - #CMRCD 359
Out of print.

Van Morrison

Greatest Hits

Rave On John Donne [5:13]

Mercury - #8419702
Available at iTunes, Emusic, Amazon.com.

Anton Batagov, The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Vladimir Jurowski, conductor, Alexander Korenkov, baritone

I Fear No More: Selected Songs and Meditations of John Donne

A Hymn to God the Father [7:59]

Fancymusic
batagov.com
Due out June 1


Vladislav Sendecki, piano

Daniel Schnyder - Mythen

Daniel Schnyder : Donne Variations, excerpt [2:47]

Koch International 310170
danielschnyder.bandcamp.com

 

Ketil Bjornstad w/Randi Stene

The Shadow

Sweetest Love (Donne) [5:52]

Kirkelig Kulturverksted KKV FXCD93 
shop.klicktrack.com
Also available at Emusic.com, iTunes

Anton Batagov, The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Vladimir Jurowski, conductor,

I Fear No More: Selected Songs and Meditations of John Donne

Epilogue [5:23]

Fancymusic
batagov.com
Due out June 1