Wireless Nights [6 Music]

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0301Bbc Philharmonic Presents...2014101320141221 (6M)

Jarvis Cocker and the BBC Philharmonic weave dark tales of insomnia and nocturnal visions.

0301BBC Philharmonic Presents...2014101320141221 (6M)

Jarvis Cocker and the BBC Philharmonic weave dark tales of insomnia and nocturnal visions.

0301BBC Philharmonic Presents...2014101320141221 (6M)

Jarvis Cocker brings his award winning series Wireless Nights to Salford, forming part of this year's BBC Philharmonic Presents... series, a celebration of orchestral music in its many different forms.

In front of a studio audience, Jarvis Cocker and the BBC Philharmonic weave tales of insomnia, nocturnal inspirations and dark imaginings from the world of classical music - against the backdrop of a President embroiled in the Vietnam War. There's also a special performance from Jarvis himself.

Jarvis tells stories of an insomniac German Count who supposedly had Bach compose his Goldberg Variations as a sleeping aid, and a wired President Nixon listening to Rachmaninov in the small hours when he felt the urge to go on a bizarre excursion in the presidential limo.

He also conjures up music that came in dreams and revelations - from Stravinsky's wild visions in the Rite of Spring to Schumann's once forgotten Violin Concerto, which apparently re-emerged during a séance many years after the composer's death.

Maxime Tortelier conducts the BBC Philharmonic led by Yuri Torchinsky. Anthony Marwood plays solo violin and Peter Donohoe plays solo piano. The programme was recorded on 1 October.

Producers: Laurence Grissell & Neil McCarthy.

0302Reaching For The Moon2014102020141221 (6M)

Jarvis Cocker attempts to fly to the moon, with the aid of astronaut Chris Hadfield - famous for his rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity on the International Space Station.

En route he hears stories of those touched by the moon in its many manifestations.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and repeated on 6 Music to mark the Winter Solstice.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0302Reaching for the Moon2014102020141221 (6M)

Jarvis Cocker attempts to fly to the moon, with the aid of astronaut Chris Hadfield - famous for his rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity on the International Space Station.

En route he hears stories of those touched by the moon in its many manifestations.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and repeated on 6 Music to mark the Winter Solstice.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0302Reaching for the Moon2014102020141221 (6M)

Jarvis Cocker attempts to fly to the moon, with the aid of astronaut Chris Hadfield - famous for his rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity on the International Space Station.

En route he hears stories of those touched by the moon in its many manifestations.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0303Lava And Ice2014102720141221 (6M)

Jarvis Cocker wanders the lava fields of Iceland in search of the unseen forces of night. In the midnight shadow of Snaefellsjokull, the volcano featured in Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Jarvis considers the timelessness of the landscape, until he discovers sheep time. His sheep guides only lead him further into the unknown, through a hole in the lava floor and on a journey through a magma underworld, finding there a symphony orchestra, human seals and a wake.

Producer Neil McCarthy.

0303Lava and Ice2014102720141221 (6M)

Jarvis Cocker wanders the lava fields of Iceland in search of the unseen forces of night. In the midnight shadow of Snaefellsjokull, the volcano featured in Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Jarvis considers the timelessness of the landscape, until he discovers sheep time. His sheep guides only lead him further into the unknown, through a hole in the lava floor and on a journey through a magma underworld, finding there a symphony orchestra, human seals and a wake.

Producer Neil McCarthy.

0304 LASTBright Nights2014110320141221 (6M)

In the second part of his nocturnal Icelandic adventure, Jarvis goes on a journey through the long, light summer night. He meets Megas, the island's best known poet and rock and roll legend, who warns of wandering demons as he embarks on an overnight road trip.

Along the way he stops to hear ghost stories in Reykjavik's oldest cemetery, meets an elf seer in a lava field and is led to a sacred waterfall, behind which he makes a wish. But will he make it back before the hour of the wolf?

Producer Neil McCarthy.

0304 LASTBright Nights2014110320141221 (6M)

In the second part of his nocturnal Icelandic adventure, Jarvis goes on a journey through the long, light summer night. He meets Megas, the island's best known poet and rock and roll legend, who warns of wandering demons as he embarks on an overnight road trip.

Along the way he stops to hear ghost stories in Reykjavik's oldest cemetery, meets an elf seer in a lava field and is led to a sacred waterfall, behind which he makes a wish. But will he make it back before the hour of the wolf?

Producer Neil McCarthy.