May 28, 2019

32. Rapunzel

For our first series finale we finish off with Rapunzel, the famous story of a well coiffured heroine trapped in a tower.

We find many surprises in what may be thought of as the most childish of the Grimm’s tales, including silk ladders, salad addiction, barren deserts, and a villain with more depth than first meets the eye.

After the story we discuss the more adult themes of the tale, why witches get such a bad rep, a Lithuanian long hair festival, and how it can all be traced back to 17th century Naples.

See the animated video by our competition winner here: http://tiny.cc/mqvi7y 

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Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko

Other music: Live instrumental performance of “Beau Soir” (Beautiful Evening) written by Claude Debussy // Chopin’s Opus 10 Twelve Grand Etudes (F Major) Performed by Martha Goldstein 

May 12, 2019

31. The Hare’s Bride

In The Hare’s Bride, a young maiden minding her cabbages gets whisked off to an unexpected wedding under a rainbow.

In desperately trying to unpick the meaning of the story, we discuss ‘animal bridegrooms’ in folklore, beauty and the beast, and blade runner.

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Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko

Other music: Johannes Brahms's 16 Waltzes, Op. 39, #2 - Performed by Martha Goldstein// Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata no. 15 in d major, op. 28 'pastorale' - iv. rondo. allegro, ma non troppo - Performed by Karine Gilanyan

April 28, 2019

30. The Juniper Tree

Decapitation, magical singing birds, and human black puddings – it can only be the long-awaited story 'The Juniper Tree'.

After we read the story, we discover what Björk, the bible, and a painter named Philipp have to do with it all.

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Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko

Other music: Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Corey Cerovsek, (violin) & Paavali Jumppanen (piano) // Chopin's Opus 10, No. 7, Twelve Grand Etudes C Major performed by Martha Goldstein

April 14, 2019

29. The Riddle

In ‘The Riddle’, a princess pits her wits against a wandering king’s son. But who will win? And where does a gang of murders, a witch, a hungry raven, golden syrup and Batman fit into all this?

After the story, we go on a riddling journey through time from the Queen of Sheba to Turandot.

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Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko

Other music: Johannes Brahms's 16 Waltzes, Op. 39, #4 Performed by Martha Goldstein // Ludwig Van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op 101 Movement II performed by Daniel Veesey

 

March 31, 2019

28. The Fox And The Cat

After three stories of carnage and mayhem, has the fox finally met his match?

In the final episode of The Fox Quadrilogy the fox boasts to a friendly cat of his skills, but perhaps the cat knows something the fox doesn't.

An Greek proverb unlocks the key message behind the entire Quadrilogy, sending us on a journey from medieval France to ancient India.

And we pick the next four stories we'll be reading and we read out some listener messages.

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Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko

Other music: Red by Scott Buckley (www.scottbuckley.com.au), Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101 Movements I and III performed by Daniel Veesey.

In this episode our old friend Thumbling is back with more wacky adventures! In Thumbling as Journeyman (AKA Thumbling’s Travels) our hero joins a gang of thieves on a heist job before trying his luck as a barman.

After the story, we deep-dive into the fascinating world of different thumbling stories, exploring the mysterious roots of this tale type from Tom Thumb in the UK to The Inch-High Samurai in Japan.

 

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Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko

Other music: Johannes Brahms' Waltz Op 39 No 15 performed by Paul Cantrell / Brahms's 16 Waltzes, Op.39, #1 performed by Martha Goldstein

 

Tricked by a lying goat, a tailor kicks out his three sons. After acquiring magical gifts, they head back home to their father, but a dastardly inn-keeper has other plans…

In "The Wishing-table, The Gold-Ass, and the Cudgel in the Sack" we meet a table with no appearance, a gold-depositing donkey, and a time-keeping cudgel.

The story then leads us on to investigating a potentially still running London ice cream parlour and the grisly French fairy tale ‘Donkey Skin’.

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Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko

Other music: Beethoven's Sonata 'Waldstein', Op. 53 - III. Rondo-Allegretto moderato by Michael Hawley / Chopin's Concerto 2 in F minor, 3rd movement performed by the Seattle Philharmonic conducted by Nico Snel

Welcome to a special episode where we reveal the winner of our book competition and read out some of our listener’s messages and votes.

Afterwards, we treat ourselves to one of the “hands down freakiest” of the Brothers Grimm tales: The Strange Feast.

This leads us on nicely to exploring why the brothers erased many of their stories and uncovering the history behind the deleted tales.

And finally, we give our review of the 2005 Brothers Grimm movie!

Thank you so much to everyone who got involved in the competition. If we didn’t read out your message, hold tight - we’re planning to get round to them in our forthcoming episodes.

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Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko

Other music: Brahms' 16 Waltzes, Op.39, #12 and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, 2nd & 3rd movements

 

Three unlikely kitchen survivors set off on an adventure. But will they overcome their first challenge, a very small stream?

In 'The Straw, The Coal And The Bean' we learn why you shouldn’t mock the misfortune of others and uncover the truth behind that biggest of mysteries - how beans got a black seam.

The competition is now closed! Thanks to everyone who entered and sent us such lovely messages, the winner will be announced in the next episode!

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Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko

Other music:Brahms's 16 Waltzes, Op.39, #8 and #15 performed by Martha Goldstein

It’s a double whammy of foxy fun as we read parts two and three of The Fox Quadrilogy: The Wolf And The Man & The Wolf And The Fox.



Afterwards, we delve into the spicy world of the Kitsune: the shapeshifting nine-tailed fox of Japanese folklore.



Join us by the fire as we try to answer The Riddle of the Sphinx, finally discover what a cudgel is, and Adam chooses the next four stories we’ll be exploring on Grimm Reading.

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Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko

Other music: Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101 - III & IV performed by Daniel Veesey / 和風管弦楽「イザナギ・イザナミ by 魔界 Symphony

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