T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets are read by actor Jeremy Irons:
Despite their shared quadrilateral structure, I've never grasped the much commented-upon connection between Eliot's four poems and Beethoven's "late" string quartet, opus 131; but then I suppose I'm just an ignoramus. Mind you, nobody, at least as far as I know, has ever explained this link with words of actual substance. Critics just drone on about it as though its existence is evident without requiring explanation, much in the manner that little girls mumble about fairies and unicorns and other forms of cute ephemera.
Nonsense present and nonsense past are both apparently present in nonsense future, especially when forced to listen to interminable lectures by professors of English literature.
Meanwhile, also available at the BBC's website, actress Shirley Henderson reads Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market quite superbly.