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The BBC Collection - Music

'One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.' -- Bob Marley. Bob Marley was wrong, of course - there are many good things about music! These great audiobooks and programmes will tell you just some of them.

 

Music

  • God Rest You Merry: The Story of Christmas in Words and Music (Vintage Beeb)
    by Chris Emmett
    Narrated by Andrew Cruickshank, St Martin Singers
    4.50 (2 ratings)
    The Story of Christmas in words and music, with Andrew Cruickshank and The Saint Martin Singers. ‘God rest you merry’, a daily programme of readings and music for Christmas week, was first broadcast in the BBC Home Service in 1961 and has been repeated in various forms over the years since then. Now, with this recording, listeners can hear again the series of programmes as a whole, including some of their favourite poems and carols. The Saint Martin Singers date back to 1942, and owe their origin to a small band of fire-watchers at the church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
  • Celebrating the Royal Albert Hall
    by Charles Hazlewood
    Narrated by Charles Hazlewood
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    The Royal Albert Hall has attracted some of the biggest names in showbiz throughout its 140-year history. From rock events to The Proms, Cirque du Soleil to the Chelsea Arts Ball, it has played host to a huge variety of performers. In these two programmes, Charles Hazlewood introduces a montage of artists who have graced the stage of the Hall, including the Rolling Stones, Pavarotti, Gillian Weir, Jimi Hendrix, and Russell Watson. There are contributions from Sir Cliff Richard, Katherine Jenkins, Jamie Cullum, Hayley Westenra, Jools Holland, Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Mike Batt, and Jeff Wayne.
  • Tales from the Stave: Series 7
    by Frances Fyfield
    Narrated by Frances Fyfield
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Returning for a seventh season, crime writer Frances Fyfield once again explores the tales and tribulations revealed in the hand-written music manuscripts of some of the greatest works of classical music. In these four episodes, she looks at the scores for Mozart's Don Giovanni, Sir Hubert Parry's anthem "I Was Glad", Handel's Firework Suite, and Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique.
  • The 12-Inch Single
    by Paul Morley
    Narrated by Paul Morley
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    From the mid-1970s the humble 7-inch vinyl single was joined by a much grander relative - the 12-inch single. It reached its peak in 1983 with "Blue Monday", by New Order, probably the biggest-selling 12-inch single of all time. Music Journalist and co-founder of ZTT Records Paul Morley talks to Peter Hook of New Order about how "Blue Monday" was written, and to designer Peter Saville about the famous sleeve. Paul explores the origins of the 12-inch single as a potentially higher-quality format than the 7-inch single and visits Abbey Road studios to watch an engineer cutting a 12-inch single.
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  • The Making of Music: Series 1
    by James Naughtie
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.70 (17 ratings)
    The complete Radio 4 series examining the development and history of music. Presented by James Naughtie, from Radio 4s Today Programme and Bookclub and a regular voice of the Proms.
  • The Making of Music: Series 2, Episode 1
    by James Naughtie
    Narrated by James Naughtie
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    The first part of the second series of Radio 4's major documentary examining the development and history of music. Presented by James Naughtie, from Radio 4's Today Programme and Bookclub, and who is a regular voice of the Proms.
  • The Making of Music, Series 2
    by James Naughtie
    Narrated by James Naughtie
    4.40 (10 ratings)
    The complete second series of Radio 4's major documentry examining the development and history of music. Presented by James Naughtie, from Radio 4's Today programme and Bookclub and a regular voice of the Proms.
  • The Making of Music: Episode 1
    by James Naughtie
    Narrated by James Naughtie
    4.00 (3 ratings)
    Here is the first part of a new BBC Radio 4 series examining the development and history of music. It is presented by James Naughtie, from Radio 4's Today programme and Bookclub, and who is also a regular voice of the Proms.
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  • The Making of Music: Episode 2
    by James Naughtie
    Narrated by James Naughtie
    1.00 (1 ratings)
    Here is the second part of a new BBC Radio 4 series examining the development and history of music. It is presented by James Naughtie, from Radio 4's Today programme and Bookclub, and who is also a regular voice of the Proms.
  • The Making of Music: Episode 3
    by James Naughtie
    Narrated by James Naughtie
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Here is the third part of a new BBC Radio 4 series examining the development and history of music. It is presented by James Naughtie, from Radio 4's Today programme and Bookclub, and who is also a regular voice of the Proms.
  • The Making of Music: Episode 4
    by James Naughtie
    Narrated by James Naughtie
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Here is the fourth part of a new BBC Radio 4 series examining the development and history of music. Presented by James Naughtie, from Radio 4's Today Programme and Bookclub, and who is a regular voice of the Proms.
  • The Making of Music: Episode 5
    by James Naughtie
    Narrated by James Naughtie
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Here is the fifth part of a new BBC Radio 4 series examining the development and history of music. It is presented by James Naughtie, from Radio 4's Today Programme and Bookclub, and who is a regular voice of the Proms.
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  • The Making of Music: Episode 6
    by James Naughtie
    Narrated by James Naughtie
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Here is the sixth part of a new BBC Radio 4 series examining the development and history of music. It is presented by James Naughtie, from Radio 4's Today Programme and Bookclub, and who is a regular voice of the Proms.
  • The Making of Music: Series 2, Episode 2
    by James Naughtie
    Narrated by James Naughtie
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    The second part of the second series of Radio 4's major documentary examining the development and history of music. Presented by James Naughtie, from Radio 4's Today Programme and Bookclub, and who is a regular voice of the Proms.
  • The Making of Music: Series 2, Episode 3
    by James Naughtie
    Narrated by James Naughtie
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    The third part of the second series of Radio 4's major documentary examining the development and history of music. Presented by James Naughtie from Radio 4's Today Programme and Bookclub, and who is a regular voice of the Proms.
  • The Making of Music: Series 2, Episode 4
    by James Naughtie
    Narrated by James Naughtie
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    The fourth part of the second series of Radio 4's major documentry examining the development and history of music. Presented by James Naughtie, from Radio 4s Today programme and Bookclub and a regular voice of the Proms.
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  • The Making of Music: Series 2, Episode 5
    by James Naughtie
    Narrated by James Naughtie
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    The fifth part of the second series of Radio 4's major documentry examining the development and history of music. Presented by James Naughtie, from Radio 4s Today programme and Bookclub and a regular voice of the Proms.
  • The Making of Music: Series 2, Episode 6
    by James Naughtie
    Narrated by James Naughtie
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    The concluding part of the second series of Radio 4's major documentry examining the development and history of music. Presented by James Naughtie, from Radio 4s Today programme and Bookclub and a regular voice of the Proms.
  • The Million Dollar Quartet
    by Stephen Miller
    Narrated by Jeff Harding
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    "The Million Dollar Quartet" is the name given to recordings made on Tuesday December 4, 1956 in the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. The recordings were of an impromptu jam session among Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. This book looks at the events of the session, including interviews with the drummer and the sound engineer. There is a detailed analysis of the music played - and its relevance to subsequent popular music - and we find out about the early lives and careers of the quartet and the "reunions" of surviving members.