dvd – Peace and Tranquillity
PEACE – a relaxing selection – 42 mins Delius – On hearing the first Cuckoo in Spring (bluebells at Rannerdale etc.); Grieg – Piano Concerto in A Minor – Adagio (autumn Ullswater); Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2 – Larghetto (autumn around Coniston Water); Brahms – Violin Concerto – Adagio (moorland around Dock Tarn/ Ullscarf); Handel – Largo from Xerxes (jaws of Borrowdale); Vivaldi – Guitar Concerto – Largo (autumn Derwentwater); Albinoni – Oboe Concerto adagio (snowy Borrowdale)
TRANQUILLITY approx 52 mins
Albinoni Adagio (includes the ospreysat Bassenthwaite Lake), Albinoni Oboe Concerto, (Orrest Head/Arnside area); Massenet meditation from Thais, (Tarn Hows and Tilberthwaite), Marcello Oboe Concerto (Wintry fells), Beethoven Moonlight Sonata (twilight hours) & Emperor Piano Concerto (Buttermere & Crummock), Mahler Adagietto (sundry Lakeland) Various artists from Naxos.
dvd – Borders & Northumberland
Contents of the “Borders & Northumberland” dvd are as follows:-
1 Alnwick Gardens to Handel’s Water Music (Suite No. 1, No.3 & 4) 6:57
A look at the amazing water features and cascades at Alnwick Water Gardens, the inspiration of the Duchess of
2 More of Alnwick Gardens to Handel’s Water Music (Suite No. 1, No.5). 3:43
More features at Alnwick Gardens including the tree house.
3. Jedburgh & Melrose Abbeys, Holy Island Priory to J.S. Bach (from St. Matthew Passion, No. 68) 6:31
Three popular historical sites to some uplifting music from the master!
4. Lindisfarne Castle and Garden to Handel, (Largo from Serse) 3:40
This charming castle, originally a Tudor fort stands on a remarkably scenic rock outcrop.
5. Holy Island Lime Kilns & sea shore to Handel’s Water Music (Suite No. 1, No.7) 2:13
The ruins of what was once a thriving industry.
6. The Coast, Dunstanburgh Castle, Beadnell & Seahouses Harbour to Handel’s Water Music (Suite No. 3, No. 16) 3:01
7. Going to the Farne Islands to Handel’s Water Music (Suite No. 3, No. 19 & 20) 3:37
On the boat trip to the Farne Islands with views of the cliffs and rich populations of bird life.
8. On the Farne Islands to Handel’s Water Music (Suite No.2, No. 12) 3:04
The bird life, including puffins, and views from these interesting islands.
9. Bamburgh Castle to Handel’s Water Music (Suite No. 2, No. 14) 2:06
Another fine castle standing on a basalt outcrop with wonderful sandy beaches on the doorstep.
10. Berwick to Handel’s Water Music (Suite No. 3, No. 22) 1:41
A quick look at the old ruins of Berwick Castle.
11. HADRIAN’S WALL & KIELDER WATER & FOREST PARK to Vaughan Williams- The Lark Ascending 15:14
This sequence starts at Walltown and then moves east visiting Cawfields and Steel Rigg, with a mid section showing
Kielder Water and the Forest Park. Then back to Hadrian’s Wall at Housesteads Roman Fort before ending at Long
Stone with views of Vindolanda.
12 The Breamish Valley & inland scenes to PACHELBEL: Canon 4:28
The last section goes inland to the Breamish Valley and around Ingram, with a visit to Linhope and Linhope Spout
before descending back down the valley on my bicycle!
The piece ends with a couple of images near Wooler.
Total running time approximately 56 minutes.
dvd – Scotland (Bruch & Mendelssohn)
In this DVD Bruch’s VIOLIN CONCERTO features a snowy
Loch Lomond/ Arrochar area followed by a little wintry ski-ing
in the Cairngorms. A spring thaw leads to summery conditions
with a stormy Glen Coe, views from Ledaig near Oban, on to
the Isle of Skye (including Cuillin views and a visit to the Old
Man of Storr) before returning to the mainland near Oban and
Glen Coe once more. The final movement mainly visits the
Newtonmore Highland Games (Clan Macpherson march)
The Scottish Fantasy begins with a few historical sites
including cemeteries and ruins, then visits the far north
(Durness coastline) ending at Beauly. Another movement
crosses from the west coast near Ullapool down and across
to Braemar and the east. The final movement shows an open
air Ceilidh at Grantown on Spey, a woodfest in Anagach
Woods, views along the Spey valley to Ballindallock Castle,
Brodie Castle, Elgin and the Moray Firth.
The MENDELSSOHN program features:-
1: Overture Die Hebriden (Fingal’s Cave) 10:56
The sound of Iona and a boat ride to the Treshnish Isles,
featuring puffins, and Staffa on a sunny windy spring day.
2: Adagio from Symphony No. 3 “Scottish” 10:15
featuring Iona, Mull, and on to the Arisaig peninsular with
its wonderful beaches and views to the western isles.
3: Notturno (from incidental music to”A midsummer
night’s dream”) 6:25 Some historical sites between Fort
William and Lochgilphead including Glen Shiel.
4: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage 13:34 – A peaceful
opening showing various Loch and coastal scenes, ending
with some rough seas and a landing at Mallaig
dvd – Messiah, highlights
CONTENTS OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH (Highlights)
Sinfonia (3:10) opens with views of Grasmere with a misty Rydal Water before an eruption of bird life, ending with a brief snow storm and a frosty Aira Force.
Comfort ye my people – every valley shall be exalted. (6:42)
autumn at Rydal Water, views from Nab Scar, Ullswater view, (goats, autumn colours), then a frosty Crummock Water, Buttermere and Rannerdale (remembering the bluebells) before ending with a local barn owl hunting.
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (5:54) Christmas window shopping at Keswick, interspersed with a walk up Cat Bells returning via Newlands, and some surprises along the way. A good number of still images in this piece.
For unto us a child is born (4:03) – Young lambs full of the joys of spring! with a glimpse of some goslings besides Tarn Hows.
Pifa (0:58) – a short visit to Loughrigg Tarn.
He shall feed his flock (5:31) – A cold wintry look at bird life on Derwentwater, with an evening sunset beyond a frozen shore line.
He was despised and rejected of men (11:10) – Snowy
Keswick, deserted Hope and Fitz Parks under snow, the boat landings and Friars Crag, including woodland and tree frost formations with a few summer/winter blends from the same spot. A furious middle section with a helicopter in a snow storm and some icy waterfalls including Aira Force.
Hallelujah (3:43) – The joy of spring flowers, especially daffodils, with glimpses of lots of wildlife including red squirrel, heron, robin, before a climb up Dod for wonderful Ullswater views including time lapsed clouds.
I know that my Redeemer liveth (6:07) – A lovely snowy tour from Ashness Bridge to Watendlath and return via Walla Crag and Bleaberry fell area.
Behold, I tell you a mystery (9:36) – opens with unusual time lapsed cloud formations, then Kentmere Church and valley, various wonders of spring flowers at Dubwath Meadows nature reserve, views of Windermere from Gummers Howe, Ullswater again, deer in Borrowdale, woods at Thirlmere, Grasmere Church and graveyard (Wordsworth), views from Scafell Pike to Broad Stand, more of Grasmere, various summer to winter blends from the same spot, ending with the church at Hawkshead
dvd – Mozart and J.S. Bach favourites
MOZART – Favourites (approx 56 mins) “Lakeland and Cumbria miscellany”
Excerpts from Symphony No. 40, Piano Concerto No. 21, Clarinet Concerto, Violin Concerto No. 3, Eine Kleine Nachtmusic (Allegro & Romance), Ave Verum Corpus, Concerto for Flute & Harp.
This video covers a wider area of Cumbria,including the western coast and the Eden
J.S. BACH – Favourites (approx 42 mins) “A joyous kaleidoscope of lakeland”.
Excerptsfrom:- Christmas Oratorio, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Brandenburg Concerto, Sheep may safely graze, Suite No. 2, Air on the G string, Cello Suite No. 1, Piano concerto No. 5, Double Violin Concerto
Various artists from Naxos Various artists from Naxos.