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The 'Ion' of Euripides


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(420-411 BC) in an English translation by H.D. (first published, with a commentary, in 1937)
Music by Anthony Bernard (1954)
A new production in stereo by Raymond Raikes
with Nigel Lambert and Margaret Rawlings

During the presentation extracts from H.D.'s personal interpretation of the play will be read by Jill Balcon.
'H.D.' (1856-1961) was an American poetess who came to Europe and became one of the leaders of the 'Imagist' movement in poetry. Her name was Hilda Doolittle (her married name. Mrs Richard Aldington) but she always wrote under the pseudonym of 'H.D.'
Scene: Delphi, on a spur of Mount Parnassus


Author: Euripides
Translator: H.D. [Hilda Doolittle]
Music: Anthony Bernard
Production: Raymond Raikes
Reader: Jill Balcon
Singers: The Langham Singers
Musicians: English Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Rae Jenkins
The Interpreter: Jill Balcon
Hermes, the god: Gabriel Woolf
Ion, a young Priest: Nigel Lambert
Chorus of the Queen's Waiting Women: Madi Hedd
Chorus of the Queen's Waiting Women: Nicolette Bernard
Chorus of the Queen's Waiting Women: Denise Bryer
Chorus of the Queen's Waiting Women: Betty Baskcomb
Kreousa, Queen of Athens: Margaret Rawlings
Xouthos, Prince-regent of Athens: Philip Morant
An old man: Carleton Hobbs
A Miesenger: Edward Kelsey
Pythian Priestess: Norah Blaney
Pallas Athene: Margaret Wolfit

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The 'Ion' of Euripides

BBC Radio 3, 4 October 1970 19.30

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