Michael Hall introduces four programmes devoted to major works for keyboard instruments (harpsichord, piano, two pianos and two electronically modified pianos) which illustrate the German preoccupation with unity in diversity
Part 1 Bach Goldberg Variations GUSTAV LEONHARDT (harpsichord) gramophone record
MARTIN COOPER contrasts the settings of Heine's poems by Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Strauss, Liszt and Franz gramophone records
The opening concert of a series in the Philharmonic Hall to celebrate the centenary of Schoenberg's birth.
JEAN-BERNARD POMMIER (piano) BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA conducted by Herbert von Karajan
Part 1 Schoenberg Symphonic Poem: Pelleas und Melisande
Dr Hellmut Jaesrich , formerly Editor of Der Monat, gives his answers to the question: has Berlin a future?
Part 2 Bartok
Piano Concerto No 3
What is a German capital? Germany has no London and no Paris - yet she has a number of such cities. Stuttgart is undoubtedly one of the most thriving of them. It has much industry and much culture. Do its citizens want all this culture? Why do they want it? What do they expect from it? Presented by John Ardagh Producer ROBERT CRADOCK
Part 2 Beethoven
Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli ALFRED BRENDEL (piano)
Over the last 25 years many German historians have been carrying out a reappraisal of the immediate past. Two German historians at present working in this country, Volker Berghahn and Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann, discuss recent German historical writing with an American historian, Jonathan Steinberg , and a British historian, James Joll , who chairs the discussion. Producer ADRIAN JOHNSON
The last appearance in public of Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt , one of the most distinguished interpreters of Brahms who died last year, and the first performance of a work which expresses with ironic sensibility the relationship between Brahms and his native city. ALEXANDER WELBAT (speaker) NORTH GERMAN RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Part 1, conducted by HANS SCHMIDT-ISSERSTEDT Brahms Symphony No 4
RICHARD MAYNE in conversation with Lutz Becker , a young German film-maker, director of The Double-Headed Eagle.
German films of the Weimar Republic have made a lasting impact on the cinema as a whole. Where is the German cinema going now?
Part 2 conducted by BRUNO MADERNA
Kagel Variations without a Fugue on Brahms's Variations on a theme by Handel (with spoken monologue, in which Kagel quotes passages from letters by Brahms about Hamburg)
(Recordings made available by North German Radio)
by Idris Parry , Professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Manchester
The apparent contrast between Romantic chaos and Classical poise is a polarity which has dominated not only German art but also German thought and behaviour. PROFESSOR PARRY argues that Goethe and Winckelmann mirror the resolution of this tension.
Producer MICHAEL MASON
Part 3 Reger
Variations and Fugue on a theme of Bach. for piano
Variations and Fugue on a theme of Beethoven, for two pianos
FRIEDRICH WUHRER with ANSGAR JANKE
During the 50s and 60s the theories of the principal members of the Frankfurt School-Max Horkheimer. . W. Adorno and Herbert Marcuse - inspired the revival of radical thinking in Germany and the formation of a German New Left. In assessing the Frankfurt School's Critical Theory and its impact Heinz Lubasz of Essex University talks to Marcuse, Horkheimer's successor Professor Alfred Schmidt , the philosopher Karl Popper , the sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf and former student leader Rudi Dutschke. Producer ADRIAN JOHNSON
One of a series of regular public concerts which Karl Amadeus Hartmann , who died in 1963, started after the war in order to present a wide and stimulating variety of contemporary music to Bavarian music lovers.
BAVARIAN RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Conducted by BERNHARD KLEE Part 1 Hartmann Symphony No 8
Some Images from 1914 to 1939 We are familiar with the giant tragic events of these years in Germany, and prone to overlook the equally vast mosaic of ordinary moments which formed the backdrop to them. Hanna and Rudolf Strauss recall fragments of their personal ' secret history of the commonplace.'
Part 2 Henze
Allegoria per musica: Heliogabalus Imperator (first broadcast in this country)
(Bavarian Radio recording)
A tragicomedy by MARTIN SPERR translated from the German by ANTHONY VIVIS with Rupert Davies , Norman Shelley and Kerry Francis
A vivid picture of post-war Germany in the grip of the economic miracle. The time is 1958. the place the old town of Landshut in Bavaria.
Martin Sperr, who was born in 1944. wrote the play in 1967. Adapted for radio and produced by MARTIN ESSLIN
Otto Laiper, builder:
Marha, his wife:
Sorm his elder son:
Glasp, his younger son:
Robert Groetzinger a rivalbuilder:
Sieglinde Groetzinger, his daughter, engaged to Sorm:
Veit, Marha Laiper's brother:
Mrs Ringswandel, the landlady of the local inn:
Pfanzelt, Groetzinger's foreman:
Haertl, Laiper's foreman:
Fuhrmann, a building labourer:
Rita, a hairdresser:
Part 4 Stockhausen Mantra played by ALFONS KONTARSKY (piano) ALOYS KONTARSKY (piano)
Sound projection PETER HALLER and JOHN RUSHBY-SMITH
(Part of a Promenade Concert given at the Round House, London, on 3 September 1973)
Reform, Revolution or Reaction?
An enquiry among university students and teachers from Berlin, Bremen, Hanover and Munich.
Introduced by Richard Mayne Producer LEONIE COHN
JESSICA CASH (soprano)
JEAN TE.MPERLEY (Contralto) WYNFORD EVANS (tenor)
STEPHEN VARCOE (baritone) SCHUTZ CHOIR OF LONDON conductor ROGER NORRINGTON Schiitz Deutsches Magnificat
Strauss Eine deutsche Motette
Selected and translated by Michael HAMBURGER : read in German by HANS MAGNUS ENZENSBERGER ; read in English by MICHAEL HAMBURGER