Thursday, 8 October 2009

An example of the Legacy Ian has left behind

Sometimes we let technology take over our lives and keep us distracted from doing the things we ought to be doing.

But it has also made so much more accessible to all. People are able to find rare treasures they have been seeking - via Amazon, or Ebay - or freely available through sites such as YouTube.

One such treasure which is increasingly finding its way onto YouTube, is the wonderful series from 1984, Six Centuries of Verse. Introduced by the great John Gielgud, with Peggy Ashcroft, Ian, Julian Glover and Isla Blair amongst the readers.

A recent addition I stumbled across, is Ian's reading of Mathew Arnold's Dover Beach. The sound quality isn't great and the picture quality very poor. But, all you have to do is sit back, close your eyes, and be seduced by Ian's delivery.

1 comment:

  1. One sure way to my heart and soul is poetry, recited the way poetry should be -- and oh my, he was masterful in the art and music of the poem.

    I couldn't, however, sit back and close my eyes as you advised. I had to lean forward as the waves broke over me, as the words broke over me, and fix my eyes on him, sitting at the window...

    Thank you.