|01||01||Music Of The Spheres||20030630||20050120|
From Mount Olympus, home of the Greek gods, James O'Donnell explores the attempts in Ancient Greece to associate certain types of music and instruments with religious expression.
|01||02||Sing A New Song To The Lord||20030701|
James O'Donnell investigates the music of ancient Jews. Visiting The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, at St Johns Wood and the Abbey at Downside, James tries to discover how the music at the time of Jesus would have sounded.
|01||03||The Call To Prayer||20030702||20050127|
James O'Donnell explores the mysterious sounds of Muslim chant and learns how the rich tapestry of Islamic music has influenced the West.
|01||04||The Saving Reformation||20030703||20050203|
Talking to musicians and modern hymn writers, James finds out how the power of hymns can politically influence a nation - from Lutherism to Thatcherism; and how through hymns, Wesley prevented revolution in this country.
|01||05 LAST||The 21st Century||20030704||20050210|
In the final programme, James talks to composers John Tavener and James Bell and asks what lies in store for religious music in the 21st century and whether, in a secular, materialist age, music can continue to provide a window into the eternal and the transcendent.