Suite Bergamasque: Prelude; Minuet;
Clair de lune; Passepied
Studies (Book 1): Pour les cinq doigts; Pour les tierces: Pour les quartes; Pour les sixtes; Pour les octaves; Pour les huit doigts played by Monique Haas
An opera by John Blow composed for the entertainment of King Charles II
Thornton Lofthouse (harpsichord)
New London Orchestra
(Leader, Max Salpeter )
Conducted by Anthony Lewis
'Scant justice,' says Professor Dent, 4 has been done by historians to this most remarkable and original work.' Although designed on a small scale and usually described as a masque. Venus and Adonis is a true opera in its libretto and its music. There is an extended prologue sung by Cupid, a shepherd, a shepherdess, and the chorus. Then. in Act 1. Venus and Adonis are discovered ' sitting together upon a couch embracing one another.' Huntsmen arrive and Venus urges Adonis to join in the chase. Reluctantly, he does so. Act 2 includes a charming scene in which Cuuid teaches a group of little cupids to make the wrong people fall in love with each other. The cupids and the three Graces dance together; then. during a saraband, the cupids dress Venus and deck her with jewels. In the last act she is revealed ' standing in a melancholy posture.' for Adonis has not returned. A cupid appears and shoots an arrow at her; Adonis is led in wounded, and dies after an affecting scene with Venus. Grief-stricken, she calls upon the cupids to bear her lover to heaven, while the chorus invite Echo and the wood-nymphs to lament his passing.
The edition to be used this evening is the one made by Anthonv Lewis. who will conduct the performance.
Huntsmen, shepherds shepherdesses cupids, Graces:
Talk by Rosamond Gilder
During her recent visit to Europe, Rosamond Gilder , editor of Theatre Arts, recorded this talk on the economics of the New York theatre and on current developments in play-writing and acting in the United States
Joseph Szigeti (violin)
William Primrose (viola)
Pierre Fournier (cello)
Artur Schnabel (piano) with James Merrett (double-bass)
by Sir Edward Appleton, F.R.S.
The emission of radio waves from the Milky Way was discovered by K.G. Jansky in 1930, but like many discoveries it remained for many years comparatively unnoticed in the scientific world. The phenomenon was rediscovered during the war, when sensitive radio receivers were available for radar, and given the attention it deserved.
Tonight Sir Edward Appleton describes recent experimental observations on the reception of this cosmic radio noise, which have been made mainly in this country, and discusses the bearing of these observations on the temperature of inter-stellar space
Part 2 From the Central Hall, Westminster
(The fourth of six public concerts organised by the BBC. The fifth concert will be broadcast on October 1 in the Third Programme and also in the Home Service)
A Masque by John Milton and Henry Lawes
As first presented at Ludlow Castle on Michaelmas Day, 1634
Edited and produced by Douglas Cleverdon
The songs of the Attendant Spirit and the Lady transcribed from the original MSS of Henry Lawes , and sung by Heddle Nash and Elsie Suddaby
Music composed and arranged by Elizabeth Poston , and played by the London Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Bernard
The elder brother:
The second brother:
The Attendant Spirit: