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played by the AMADEUS STRING QUARTET Norbert Brainin (violin) Sieumund Nissel (violin) Peter Schidlof (viola) Martin Lovett (cello)
Quartet in D minor (K.421)
Second in a series of ten weekly programmes
Third broadcast

Contributors

Violin:
Norbert Brainin
Violin:
Sieumund Nissel
Viola:
Peter Schidlof
Cello:
Martin Lovett

A weekly review edited by Anna Instone and Julian Herbage
Introduced by JULIAN HERBAGE
Clifford Curzon ( born May 18, 1907): an appreciation by DENIS MATTHEWS
Johann Jacob Froberger (1616-1667): by G. B. SHARP
The Symphonies of Henze by ROBERT HENDERSON
' Us poor Hayers all ': by MARY ROWLAND

Contributors

Edited By:
Anna Instone
Introduced By:
Julian Herbage
Introduced By:
Clifford Curzon
Unknown:
Denis Matthews
Unknown:
Johann Jacob Froberger
Unknown:
G. B. Sharp
Unknown:
Robert Henderson
Unknown:
Mary Rowland

An opera in one act by Holst
Cast in order of appearance: [see below]

(Margaret Neville broadcasts by permission of Sadler's Wells Opera Company)

Imogen Holst writes:
The ballet music from my father's opera The Perfect Fool is often played, but the opera itself has seldom been heard since it was first performed at Covent Garden in May 1923. The members of that first-night audience were bewildered. They were given no programme notes, and I can remember their puzzled expressions as they wondered whether they ought to laugh, or whether they were supposed to recognise some deep, symbolic meaning in the story. My father had no idea that the work would prove so perplexing. To him, it was just a fairy story about a Princess who was wooed by an elderly Wizard and an Italian Troubadour and a Wagnerian Wanderer, but who fell in love with an inarticulate fool who was nearly always asleep.

The libretto is his own. The words are excellent to sing, but there are patches of spoken dialogue which I find embarrassing because they sound like an end-of-term game of charades. Fortunately, a lot of the dialogue has been cut for broadcasting, and the music gains when it is allowed to speak for itself. One can still laugh when the Troubadour's chorus of retainers become 'conventionally agitated,' and when the Wanderer's 'Nay, oh nay! Noisiest negative!' is drowned in a surge of trombones. (Only an ex-addict of Wagner's operas could have written quite such a devastating parody as this.) The orchestration is brilliant throughout, and in this performance Charles Groves manages to convey my father's sense of humour with complete understanding and infectious enjoyment

Contributors

Composer:
Gustav Holst
Singers:
BBC Northern Singers
Chorus-Master:
Stephen Wilkinson
Musicians:
BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra
Leader:
Reginald Stead
Conductor:
Charles Groves
Producer:
Lionel Salter
The Wizard:
Richard Golding (bass)
The Mother:
Pamela Bowden (contralto)
Her son, the Fool:
Walter Plinge
Three girls:
Alison Hargan (soprano)
Three girls:
Barbara Platt (soprano)
Three girls:
Lesley Rooke (soprano)
The Princess:
Margaret Neville (soprano)
The Troubadour:
John Murchinson (tenor)
The Traveller:
David Read (bass)
A shepherd:
Ronald Harvi
Narrator:
George Hagan

ⓢ Opera in three acts
Music and words by Wagner sung in German gramophone records (baritone) (bass) (baritone) (soprano) (tenor) (mezzo-soprano)
BOSTON CHORUS PRO MUSICA
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Conducted by ERICH LEINSDORF The action takes place in Antwerp. in the early tenth century. ACT 1
The banks of the river Scheldt. near Antwerp

Contributors

Unknown:
Wagner
Conducted By:
Erich Leinsdorf
The Royal Herald:
Calvin Marsh
Henry the Fowler, King of Germany:
Jerome Hines
Frederick of Telramund:
William Dooley
Elsa of Brabant:
Lucine Amara
Lohen grin:
Sandor Konya
Ortrud, wife of Frederick:
Rita Gorr

A series of nine talks in which scientists of various disciplines talk about concepts crucial to their field of study
2: Topology by PROFESSOR E. C ZEEMAN University of Warwick
You cannot comb down the hair on a hairy ball so that it is perfectly smooth: there will always be whorls or tufts. This is one of the theorems of topology, a sort of super-Keumetry. But topology is not all as whimsical as this: it has become one of the most important branches of modern mathematics. And now its very powerful techniques are being applied to the study of the brain, and the processes of biological growth.

Aspects of Lord Byron largely drawn from correspondence, journals and memoirs by DENIS GOACHER with GEORGE COULOURIS as narratorDENIS GOACHER as Lord Byron
Others taking part:
Betty Hardy , Gudrun Ure
Douglas Hankin. Denys Hawthorne Harold Kasket , Preston Lockwood and Victor Lucas
Produced by Terence Tiller
Second broadcast

Contributors

Unknown:
Denis Goacher
Unknown:
George Coulouris
Narrator:
Denis Goacher
Unknown:
Betty Hardy
Unknown:
Gudrun Ure
Unknown:
Douglas Hankin.
Unknown:
Denys Hawthorne
Unknown:
Harold Kasket
Unknown:
Preston Lockwood
Unknown:
Victor Lucas
Produced By:
Terence Tiller

Network Three

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This data is drawn from the Radio Times magazine between 1923 and 2009. It shows what was scheduled to be broadcast, meaning it was subject to change and may not be accurate. More