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A talk about eighteenth-century audiences by V. C. Clinton-Baddeley


Unknown: V. C. Clinton-Baddeley


Goyescas, Parts 1 and 2 Los requiebros; Coloquio en la reja; Quejas 6 la maja y el ruisenor; El fandango de candi ; El amor y la muerte; Epilogo, Serenata del espectro
' played by Eduardo del Pueyo (piano)


Piano: Eduardo Del Pueyo


Talk by G. Burniston Brown , Reader in Physics in the University of London
Recent years have seen great changes in the philosophy of science, many of them due to the writings of Sir Arthur Eddington. The philosophy that Eddington adopted he called Subjective Selectivism, but it is difficult to be sure what he meant by this. It is clear, however, that he believed that our theories of the universe were more affected by our peculiar human habits of thought than most scientists realised. In this talk Dr. Brown takes up this point and shows that a great deal of modem atomic physics and astronomy is of a hypothetical character.


Talk By: G. Burniston Brown
Unknown: Sir Arthur Eddington.


After the French Revolution
Joan Alexander (soprano)
Richard Lewis (tenor)
Fisher Morgan (baritone)
BBC Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate )
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(Leader, David McCallum )
Sir Thomas Beecham , Bt.
Introduced by Alec Robertson
Including music by Cherubini, Lesueur, Mehul, Spontini, and Boieldieu
The operatic taste of early nineteenth-century Paris had decided leanings towards the more exotic and melodramatic elements both of music and libretto. Orchestras, especially in their percussion sections, began to show signs of rapid growth, and nothing was spared in the effort to make tonal effects correspond as precisely as possible to the supposed milieu of the opera. Hence the piccolo and percussion in Fernando Cortez , and the prevalence of harps in some of the pseudo-bardic operas of Lesueur and Méhul. Astonishing demands were sometimes made on the singers, as in the aria Mehul wrote for a coloratura soprano who was also a contralto — but this will not be Heard tonight.
Denis Stevens


Soprano: Joan Alexander
Tenor: Richard Lewis
Chorus-Master: Leslie Woodgate
Leader: David McCallum
Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
Introduced By: Alec Robertson
Unknown: Fernando Cortez
Unknown: Denis Stevens

: Hermione Hannen in 'IPHIGENEIA IN TAURIS'

by Euripides
Translated by Philip Vellacott
Music by Anthony Bernard
Radio adaptation and production by Raymond Raikes
Cast in order of speaking and singing:
Incidental music played by the Augmented BBC Variety Orchestra
(Leader, George Deason )
Conducted by Rae Jenkins
Choral music sung by Margaret Barnes (mezzo-soprano) - and the BBC Women's Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate ) accompanied by the London Chamber Players
Conducted by Anthony Bernard

This play, first performed in Athens about 413 B.C., follows the adventures of Iphigeneia, daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, after she has escaped being sacrificed to Diana in Aulis to provide the Greeks with a favourable wind for Troy. The goddess gives to her the care of her temple in Taurica (later called the Crimea) where the law is that all strangers cast on those shores shall be sacrificed on her altar. Iphigeneia soon finds herself faced with the terrible duty of sacrificing her own brother Orestes, who has landed with Pylades, his friend. They conspire together and at last escape, carrying away Diana's statue.


Translated By: Philip Vellacott
Music By: Anthony Bernard
Production By: Raymond Raikes
Leader: George Deason
Conducted By: Rae Jenkins
Mezzo-Soprano: Margaret Barnes
Chorus-Master: Leslie Woodgate
Conducted By: Anthony Bernard
Iphigeneia (daughter of Agamemnon, King of Argos, and of Clytemnestra): Hermione Hannen
Narrator: Frederick Allen
Pylades, Prince of Phocis (friend to Orestes): Noel Johnson
Orestes, Iphigeneia's brother: Anthony Jacobs
Chorus of captive Greek women (handmaids to Iphigeneia): Bbc Women'S Chorus
Leader of the Chorus: Margaret Barnea
A herdsman: Eric Lugg
Thoas King of the Taurians: Lawrence Baskcomb
A Temple guard: Raf de la Torre
The goddess Athene: Lydia Sherwood


Sonata for cello and piano
Op. 40 played by Paul Tortelier (cello)
Ernest Lush (piano)


Cello: Paul Tortelier
Piano: Ernest Lush


Eighteenth of a series of reports on the Soviet point of view as expressed in the Soviet Press and broadcasts directed to listeners in the U.S.S.R..
Compiled by members of the BBC's foreign news department

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