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Talk by John Betjeman


Talk By: John Betjeman

: Mozart, Beethoven and Bartok

Max Rostal (violin)
Franz Osborn (piano)
Hurwitz String Quartet:
Emanuel Hurwitz (violin)
Granville Jones (violin)
Kenneth Essex (viola)
Terence Weil (cello)
Clifford Curzon (piano)
(The first and last items were previously broadcast in October)
First of six programmes of Mozart piano music, Beethoven violin sonatas, and Bartok string quartets


Piano: Franz Osborn
Violin: Emanuel Hurwitz
Violin: Granville Jones
Viola: Kenneth Essex
Cello: Terence Weil
Piano: Clifford Curzon


Talk by Sir Robert Watson-Watt , F.R.s.
The speaker takes the jubilee of the National Physical Laboratory as the occasion tor a mid-century appreciation of the way in which governmem-aided organisations for scientific research came into being, how they have worked, and what changes may be found appropriate to the beginning of the new half-century.
Sir Robert Watson-Watt speaks from more than thirty years' experience in seven departments of State.


Talk By: Sir Robert Watson-Watt
Unknown: Sir Robert Watson-Watt

: Beatrice Lillie in ' THE BEST OF BENCHLEY '

A radio appreciation of Robert Benchley ,
American humorist by Michael Barsley with George Benson , Ronald Millar Roy Plomley , Cecile Chevreau
Joel O'Brien , Preston Lockwood


Unknown: Robert Benchley
Unknown: Michael Barsley
Unknown: George Benson
Unknown: Ronald Millar
Unknown: Roy Plomley
Unknown: Cecile Chevreau
Unknown: Joel O'Brien
Unknown: Preston Lockwood


A Sacred Trilogy
Words and music by Hector Berlioz
English version by Paul England (soprano) (baritone) (bass) (tenor) (tenor)
BBC Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
(Leader. George Stratton )
Conducted by Leslie Woodgate
(Continued in next column)
Part 1: ‘The Dream of Herod '
Recit. (The Narrator): When in Judah of old
A March by Night
Recit. and Air (Herod): Again, that vision
Chorus: The Soothsayers of Judah Cabalistic Dance and Evocation of Spirits
Chorus of Soothsayers The dream ts true 0 King
Air (Herod): Tis done, 'tis done
Chorus (male voices): Yes. by the sword
Duet (Mary and Joseph): See. darling child
Chorus (unseen angels): Joseph and Mary: Hosanna
Part 2: ' The Flight into Egypt'
Chorus: Thou must leave thy lowly dwelling
The Repose of the Holy Family
Air (The Narrator): How are the weary pilgrims led


Music By: Hector Berlioz
Soprano: Paul England
Leader: George Stratton
Conducted By: Leslie Woodgate
Mary: Elsie Suddaby
Joseph: Gordon Clintun
Herod: Norman Walker
Narrator: Richard Lewis
A Centurion: Richard Lewis
Polydorus The Father of the Family: Richard Standen


Talk by Denis Johnston
The speaker looks back on the decade between 1939 and 1949 and sums up its effect on his own life and thought.


Talk By: Denis Johnston


Part 3: ' The Arrival at Sais '
Air (Tha Narrator): Through burning sands they took their weary way
Duet (Mary and Joseph): Here in this teeming city
Air (The Father of the Family) and Chorus: Be welcome, friends
Chorus of Ishmaelites: Bind up their wounded feet
Chorus: Therefore be persuaded Trio. for harp and two flutes
Trio (Mary, Joseph, and the Father) and Chorus: Now take thy rest
Recit. (The Narrator): So by the hand of strangers
Final Chorus: 0 my soul

: Teachers of Music SIR WALTER PARRATT

William Harris , organist of St. George's Chapel, Windsor, talks about Sir Walter Parratt , whose pupil he was


Organist: William Harris
Unknown: Sir Walter Parratt


(born January 5, 1880)
Spanish Romance, Op. 52 No. 5:
Butterfly, Op. 28 No. 3: Tatiana Makushina (soprano), Nicolas Medtner (piano)
Improvisation, Op. 31 No. 1:
Nicolas Medtner (piano)
The Ravens, Op. 52 No. 2; To a Dreamer, Op. 32 No. 6: Serenade, Op. 28 No. 2: Oda Slobodskaya (soprano), Nicolas Medtner (piano)
Fairy Tales, Op. 26 No. 3 and Op. 51
No. 1: Nicolas Medtner (piano) on gramophone records


Soprano: Tatiana Makushina
Soprano: Nicolas Medtner
Piano: Nicolas Medtner
Soprano: Nicolas Medtner


Demos and Euterpe Martin Cooper talks on the influence of the United States on European music


Talks: Euterpe Martin Cooper

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