This is the last of the talks on the current cinema by the anonymous film critic and the end, for the moment, of broadcast film criticism: On April 21, Mr. Cecil Lewis , well known to listeners as a radio-playwright and broadcaster, beginsa lively series on film-making. For the last three years Mr. Lewis has been actively engaged as a film producer in British 'studios.
Captain G. CRAWSHAY : Lilies '
Next week sees the beginning of a new scheme of gardening talks. One feature will be a practical talk during each of the next three months on flowers, fruit, and vegetables. An attractive innovation is promised under the title of ' a luxury cruise,' in which listeners will be taken to some famous gardens. In June Lord Aberconway's lovely gardens at Bodnant in Wales will be described, and in May Lord Aberconway's son, the Hon. Henry MacLaren , President' of the Royal Horticultural Society, will give a review of the Chelsea Flower Show.
A Romantic Play
Specially written for the microphone by WILFRID ROOKE LEY and CHRISTOPHER MARTIN
One of the big romantic successes of radio drama is revived tonight. Chopin is the joint work of Christopher Martin and Wilfrid Rooke Ley , whose colourful and picturesque articles on music and musicians are well known to readers of The Radio Times. It was first broadcast in October, 1931. Like most radio plays built round the life of a composer, Chopin offers rich and legitimate opportunities for the use of music in the creation of background and emotional atmosphere. Chopin's nostalgic music that sprang so directly from his experience lends itself particularly to use in this connection. In the course of t'le play the famous Funeral March is heard, the ' Revolutionary ' Etude, and the exquisite Waltz in A Flat that Chopin sent to Marie Wodjinska ?s a birthday gift in 1835. Chopin's love for Marie is the main theme of the play. We hear Chopin and Marie playing together as children in Poland; Chopin, a wan and solitary exile in Vienna; Chopin, the successful young composer, visiting the Wodjinskas in Dresden and falling in love with -Marie. The atmosphere of the romantic unhappy story is brilliantly recaptured by the play, in which Harman Grisewood and Lilian Harrison repeat their original performances in the two main parts.
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