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: Schoenberg

'A Survivor from Warsaw'
Antonio Kurbinsky (baritone narrator)
Venetian Theatre Choir
Symphony Orchestra of Radio Italiana, Rome
Conducted by Hermann Scherchen


Singers: Venetian Theatre Choir
Musicians: Symphony Orchestra of Radio Italiana, Rome
Conductor: Hermann Scherchen
Baritone Narrator: Antonio Kurbinsky

: The Reith Lectures: Doubt and Certainty in Science: 1: The Biologist's Approach to Man

A biologist's reflections on the human brain by J.Z. Young, F.R.S., Professor of Anatomy at University College, London

In the first of eight lectures Professor Young suggests that doubt and certainty, the characteristics of scientific thinking, are also characteristic of human thought in general. He believes that this is the case because of the very nature of the human brain. Professor Young describes how, in these lectures, he will look at man from the point of view of a biologist, and he indicates the conclusions to which a study of recent work on the brain has led him.


Speaker: Professor J.Z. Young, F.R.S


Rene Soames (tenor)
Susi Jeans (harpsichord)


Tenor: Rene Soames

: Orlando Gibbons

Illustrated talk by Michael Howard
(See tomorrow at 8.25)

Followed by an interlude at 7.30


Speaker: Michael Howard

: The Playing of Shakespeare at Avignon

A report by Merlin Thomas, with recorded excerpts from productions of Henry IV and Richard II, played by the Jean Vilar Company at the Annual Drama Festival at Avignon


Reporter: Merlin Thomas

: Beethoven

Piano Sonata in G. Op. 14 No. 2
Piano Sonata in B flat. Op. 22
played by Louis Kentner

Second of a series of programmes in which all Beethoven's piano sonatas are being played.


Pianist: Louis Kentner

: Recorded in New York

Talk by Max Lerner, American author, columnist, and University lecturer


Speaker: Max Lerner

: Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

(Winter Series)
BBC Singers:
Margaret Godley and Margaret Rees (sopranos)
Maude Baker and Margaret Rolfe (contraltos)
Bradshaw MacMillan and Emlyn Bebb (tenors)
Stanley Riley and Denis Weatherley (basses)
BBC Chorus
Conductor, Leslie Woodgate

Mass in G minor, for soloists and double chorus - Vaughan Williams

From the second part of the concert in the Royal Albert Hall, London
Tickets from 7/6 to 3/6 (Promenade, Arena or Gallery, 2/- at doors only) may be obtained from the Royal Albert Hall and usual agents


Soprano: Margaret Godley
Soprano: Margaret Rees
Contralto: Maude Baker
Contralto: Margaret Rolfe
Tenor: Bradshaw MacMillan
Tenor: Emlyn Bebb
Bass: Stanley Riley
Bass: Denis Weatherley
Singers: BBC Chorus
Conductor: Leslie Woodgate

: The Duke of Wellington - and Friend

Talk by Roger Fulford
For many years the Duke of Wellington had a close friendship with Mrs. Arbuthnot, whose Journals have recently been published for the first time. Roger Fulford comments on the records of this friendship and the light they cast on the character of the Duke.


Speaker: Roger Fulford

: Aurora Leigh

A novel in verse by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Arranged for broadcasting and introduced by L.P. Hartley
Read by Margaret Rawlings and James McKechnie
(The recorded broadcast of Dec 25)


Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Presenter/Arranged for broadcasting by: L.P. Hartley
Reader: Margaret Rawlings
Reader: James McKechnie

: Schumann

Quintet in E flat, Op. 44 played by the Amadeus String Quartet
Clifford Curzon (piano)


Musicians: The Amadeus String Quartet
Piano: Clifford Curzon

: The Invisible Worm

A disquisition by Geoffrey Grigson on grave worms from Aristotle to 'Ilkley Moor baht 'at'


Speaker: Geoffrey Grigson

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