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John Whitworth (counter-tenor)
The Renaissance Singers
Conductor, Michael Howard
Ralph Downes (organ)


Unknown: John Whitworth
Conductor: Michael Howard
Conductor: Ralph Downes


by Edward Gibbon
A programme of readings from the sixty-eighth chapter of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, to commemorate the quincentenary of the fall of Byzantium, May 29. 1453
(The recorded broadcast of May 28)


Unknown: Edward Gibbon


The Virtuoso Chamber Ensemble:
Edward Walker (flute)
Roger Lord (oboe)
Lionel Bentley (violin)
Gwynne Edwards (viola) Willem de Mont (cello)


Flute: Edward Walker
Oboe: Roger Lord
Violin: Lionel Bentley
Viola: Gwynne Edwards
Cello: Willem de Mont


Edward Sackvllle-West talks about the correspondence between Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal , recently published in Switzerland


Talks: Edward Sackvllle-West
Unknown: Richard Strauss
Unknown: Hugo von Hofmannsthal

: Edinburgh International Festival

Irmgard Seefried (soprano)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Edinburgh Royal Choral Union
(Chorus-Master, Herrick Bunney )
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Bruno Walter
From the Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Part 1
Tragic Overture
S.18 app. Variations on the St.
Anthony Chorale


Soprano: Irmgard Seefried
Baritone: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Chorus-Master: Herrick Bunney
Conducted By: Bruno Walter


Talk by Philip Hope-Wallace


Talk By: Philip Hope-Wallace


Part 2
Also being broadcast in the Scottish Home Service from 9.15 approximately

: Joan Heal, Lloyd Pearson and Gladys Young in ' THE ANNIVERSARY '

by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Constance Garnett
Adaptation and production by Mary Hope Allen


Unknown: Anton Chekhov
Translated By: Constance Garnett
Production By: Mary Hope Allen
Kuzma Nikolayevitch Hirin, the bank cashier: Kenneth Connor
Andrey Andreyevitch Shiputchin the chairman of the bank.: Lloyd Pearson
Tatyana Alexeyevna his wife: Joan Heal
First bank clerk: Alan Reid
Second bank clerk: Garard Green
Nastasya Fyodorovna Mertchutkin: Gladys Young
A delegate: Arthur Ridley
Scene: The chairman's office in a large bank in a provincial town in Russia at the end of the last century


Sonata No. 5 in E minor Sonata No. 6 In E played by Julius Baker (flute)
Sylvia Marlowe (harpsichord) on gramophone records


Flute: Julius Baker
Harpsichord: Sylvia Marlowe


Talk by Charles Fisher
Lecturer in Geography at University College. Leicester, and lately Senior Research Officer a.t the Institute of Colonial Studies. Oxford
The speaker was a prisoner-of-war in the Far East for three and a half years after the fall of Singapore, in the company of a number of British and Dutch colonial administrators. As a result, his interest was around in Indonesia and in this talk he comments on contemporary problems in that country in the light of his further study of the Dutch colonial tradit:on. (The recorded broadcast of July 11)


Talk By: Charles Fisher


Twelve Mazurkas
A flat. Op. 50 No. 2: F sharp minor. Op. 6 No. 1; B minor. Op. 30 No. 2; G, Op. 50 No. 1; A minor, Op. 67 No. 4: C. Op. 56 No. 2; F minor, Op. 63 No. 2; B fiat minor. Op. 24; G sharp minor. Op. 33 No. 1; C sharp minor. Op. 41 No. 1: F sharp minor. Op. 59 No. 3; C sharp minor. Op. 63 No. 3 played by Julius Isserlis (piano)


Piano: Julius Isserlis

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