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: Choirs and Places Where They Sing

John Betjeman introduces the seventh in a series of eleven weekly programmes
All Saints' Church, Margaret Street , London
Choir of All Saints' Church
Organist and Choirmaster: Michael Fleming


Presenter: John Betjeman
Organist/Choirmaster: Michael Fleming


A record request programme

: Chopin's Piano Music

played by Stefan Askenase
Grande valse brillante in E flat major, Op. 18
Trois valses brillantes, Op. 34 (A flat major; A minor; F major)
Waltz in A flat major, Op. 42
Three Waltzes, Op. 64 (D flat major; C sharp minor; A flat major)
Two Waltzes, Op. 69 (A flat major; B minor)
Three Waltzes, Op. 70 (G flat major; F minor; D flat major)
Waltz in E minor, Op. posth.
Eleventh in a weekly series
Yonty Solomon


Pianist: Stefan Askenase

: Wagner and Liszt

Gramophone records

: Czech Music

Igor Ozim (violin)
Ernest Lush (piano)
First broadcast performance in this country

Sonata in F major - Drnrak
Sonata - Janacek
Sonata (1944) - Mariyan Lipovsek


Violinist: Igor Ozim
Pianist: Ernest Lush

: The Sofa

A comic opera in one act
Music by Elizabeth Maconchy
Libretto by Ursula Vaughan Williams based on the novel "Le sola" by Crebillon (fils)
First broadcast performance
Irwell Chamber Orchestra
Leader: Suzanne Rozsa
Conducted by Joseph Horowitz
The scene is set in the Prince's residence in Paris, c. 1830
A recording of the 1967 Camden Festival production


Music By: Elizabeth MacOnchy
Libretto: Ursula Vaughan Williams
Musicians: Irwell Chamber Orchestra
Leader: Suzanne Rozsa
Conductor: Joseph Horovitz
Prince Dominic, a handsome young rake: Joseph Ward (tenor)
Monique, a young woman, pretty and experienced: Joy Evans (soprano)
Dominic's grandmother: Monica Sinclair (contralto)
Lucille: Sydney Reid (soprano)
Laura: Gwenyth Annear (soprano)
Yolande: Marian Mead (mezzo-Soprano)
A suitor, in love with Lucille: Emlyn Ellis (tenor)
Edward (an Englishman), an admirer of Monique: Neil Howlett (baritone)
The: Prince's guests:
Blanche: Sasha Abrams (soprano)
Corrine: Robin Bell (soprano)
Danièle: Elona Thomas (mezzo-Soprano)
Belmire: Yvonne Fuller (mezzo-Soprano)
Cassandre: Dorothy Wilson (soprano)
Clément: Gene West (tenor)
Bertrand: David Lennox (tenor)
André: Neil Jenkins (tenor)
Alexandre: Duncan Reece (baritone)
Christoph: Philip Hooper (baritone)
Bernard: John Coles (bass)

: Beethoven

From the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Played by the Vlach String Quartet: Josef Vlach (violin), Vaclav Snitil (violin), Josef Kodousek (viola), Viktor Moucka (cello)
Part 1
Quartet in C major, Op. 59 No. 3
3.40 The Concert Interval
Denis Matthews discusses Beethoven and the String Quartet
4.0* Beethoven
Part 2
Quartet in A minor, Op. 132
The first of nine public concerts promoted by the BBC Music Programme, devoted to the quartets and violin sonatas of Beethoven
November 5. Tatrai String Quartet

Beethoven Quartets in the Queen Elizabeth Hall
There is nothing like them in the history of music - a proposition which, I think, is true thrice over:
1. If you were a good musician who, for some unfortunate reason, had never been in touch with Beethoven's music, and if you heard one of the first (Op. 18) quartets together with one of the last (Op. 127-135), you would be unable to guess that they were by the same composer. True, you would hear affinities and ' influences'; but you would think that one composer has influenced another, much later one. The span of Beethoven's development is, in fact, unprecedented and has remained unequalled.
2. Mozart quite often repeated himself, Haydn rarely did. Beethoven would rather not have written a quartet than repeat himself in any respect - rhythmic, melodic, harmonic, textural, structural. Each work is a well-designed contrast to the last, even where the last lies many years back. As a result, the better you get to know the quartets, the more they become a single work - not because they are so similar, but because they are so logically different.
3. My third point is, strictly speaking, a secret. The metaphysical substance of the late quartets opens up a field of musical expression half-closed even to the greatest composers before and after Beethoven. Am I being vague? A secret isn't something which shouldn't be told, but something which can't. Except, of course, by the music itself, which can, perhaps. teach our age what religious experience is about.
Hans Keller


Violin: Josef Vlach
Violin: Vaclav Snitil
Viola: Josef Kodousek
Cello: Viktor Moucka
Speaker: Denis Matthews

: Henry and William Lawes

Alan Jones (baritone)
Robert Spencer (tenor, theorbo lute, and guitar)

Henry Lawes -
Bid me but live
I prithee send me back my heart
A complaint against Cupid
Go, lovely rose
Sabrina fair
'Tis wine that inspires
'Tis Christmas now
The angler's song
When I adore thee
A willow garland

William Lawes -
Why so pale and wan fond lover
Still to be neat
Amarillis, tear thy hair
Introduced by Robert Spencer


Tenor, Theorbo, Guitar: Robert Spencer
Baritone: Alan Jones
Introduced By: Robert Spencer

: Libyan Dilemmas

by Anthony Thwaite
Mr. Thwaite has recently returned after a two-year stay in North Africa, where he taught English at the University of Libya in Benghazi. He describes something of the effect of the Arab-Israel war on a country which because of its history and its uncertain unity has special problems.


Speaker: Anthony Thwaite

: Reger

Romantic Suite in E major, Op. 125 transcribed for chamber ensemble by Schoenberg
Patricia Lynden (flute) Keith Puddy (clarinet) Sydney Mann (violin) Diana Cummings (violin) Paul Collins (violin) Harry Danks (Viola) Jennifer Ward Clarke (cello) John Steer (double-bass) Susan Bradshaw and Susan McGaw (harmonium duet) Thomas Rajna and Michael Pilkington (piano duet) Conducted by Jacques-Louis Monod


Flute: Patricia Lynden
Clarinet: Keith Puddy
Violin: Sydney Mann
Violin: Diana Cummings
Violin: Paul Collins
Viola: Harry Danks
Cello: Jennifer Ward Clarke
Double-Bass: John Steer
Harmonium: Susan Bradshaw
Harmonium: Susan McGaw
Piano: Thomas Rajna
Piano: Michael Pilkington
Conductor: Jacques-Louis Monod


La Fianza Satisfecha by Lope de Vega 1562-1635
Translated for broadcasting by JOE BURROUGHS
La Fianza Satisfccha was lately produced at the National Theatre in a free translation by John Osborne under the title A Bond Honoured. This translation of the original text differs both in context and implication from Mr. Osborne's version.
Scene: Sicily, then Tunisia
Time: Renaissance
Third broadcast followed by an interlude at 7.55


Unknown: Lope de Vega
Broadcasting By: Joe Burroughs
Broadcasting By: La Fianza Satisfccha
Translation By: John Osborne
Produced By: Joe Burroughs
Leonido, a Sicilian gentleman: Marius Goring
Tizon his servant: Charles Leno
Marcela, his sister: Jill Cary
Dionisio, his brother-in-law: Denys Hawthorne
Gerardo, his father: Robert Harris
King Berlerbeyo, a Moor: John Pullen
Moors, his servants: Zulema: Willlam Squire
Zarubulli: David March
Lidora, Leonido's sister, believed to be a Moor: Eva Haddon
Christ, the Shepherd: Peter Claughton
The Chorus: Geoffrey Wincott

: BBC Symphony Orchestra

at the Berlin Festival
BBC Symphony Orchestra Leader, Trevor Williams
Conductor, Colin Davis
Part 1


Leader: Trevor Williams
Conductor: Colin Davis


Svetlana Alliluveva 's
Twenty Letters to a Friend
† reviewed by JOHN KEEP
Dr. Keep feels that the much-heralded book by Stalin's daughter is no mere apologia but a persuasive affirmation of conscience.


Unknown: Svetlana Alliluveva
Reviewed By: John Keep


Part 2
Concerto for Orchestra. Gerhard


A study of Anton Chekhov by Louis MacNeice with and Others taking part:
Maurice Belter. Beth Boyd David Charlesworth
Paul Harris. Denys Hawthorne Carleton Hobbs , Noel Hood
Rolf Lefebvre. Denis McCarthy Colin Reese , Malcolm Rogers Daniel Salem. Henry Stamper Marjorie Westbury
A description, from the viewpoint of the last day in Chekhov's life, of highlights in that life, remembered in a series of flashbacks: short, half-finished scenes which melt into the cruel present-Badenweiler, the eternal brass band, and the dying Chekhov. ironic and self-aware to the last moment.
†A new production of the programme first broadcast in 1941: second broadcast
Barbara Jefford Is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company


Unknown: Anton Chekhov
Unknown: Louis MacNeice
Unknown: Maurice Belter.
Unknown: Beth Boyd
Unknown: David Charlesworth
Unknown: Paul Harris.
Unknown: Denys Hawthorne
Unknown: Carleton Hobbs
Unknown: Noel Hood
Unknown: Rolf Lefebvre.
Unknown: Denis McCarthy
Unknown: Colin Reese
Unknown: Malcolm Rogers
Unknown: Daniel Salem.
Unknown: Henry Stamper
Unknown: Marjorie Westbury
Produced By: Dorothy Baker
Unknown: Barbara Jefford
Anton Chekhov: A!ec McCowen
Olga Knipper: Barbara Jefford


GEZA ANDA (piano)
gramophone record


: Closedown

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