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Louis Kentner (piano)


Piano: Louis Kentner

: Christopher Columbus

A radio play by Charles Bertin
Translated by Henry Van Hoof
Edited by Frederick Bradnum
Music by Jacques Stehman
[Starring] Abraham Sofaer
The play was originally broadcast in Belgium and won this year's Italia Prize in the literary section. The action takes place aboard the Santa Maria during the first voyage of Columbus, in 1492, between September 6, when his three ships left the Canaries, and October 11, the day of the discovery of America. The scene alternates between the Admiral's cabin, where Columbus wrestles against the temptation to turn back, and a part of the bridge, where his crew voice their feelings. For Columbus the expedition was a spiritual adventure; for his simple sailors it was merely a voyage into the unknown; and the play points the contrast. The main object of the work is to reveal the complex personality of Columbus at the most critical period of his life, and to explain his spiritual exhaustion in the hour of his greatest triumph.
Cast in order of speaking: Chorus Manning Wilson, Frank Singuineau
Music conducted by Patrick Savill Production by Frederick Bradnum


Play By: Charles Bertin
Translated By: Henry Van
Edited By: Frederick Bradnum
Music By: Jacques Stehman
Conducted By: Patrick Savill
Production By: Frederick Bradnum
First Sailor: Trevor Martin
Second Sailor: Richard Waring
Third Sailor: Douglas Hayes
Fourth Sailor: Geoffrey Bond
Arenas, the Priest: Robert Farquharson
Vincente Pinzon, mastar of the Nina: William Fox
Martin Pinzon master of the Pinta: Noel Johnson
Alonzo, secretary to Columbus: Andrew Faulds
Chistopher Columbus: Abraham Sofaer

: Tristan und Isolde

Music-drama in three acts by Richard Wagner
(sung in German) on gramophone records
Cast in order of singing:
Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Chorus-Master, Douglas Robinson)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Wilhelm Furtwangler
Act 1
On board Marke's ship
Prose readings in interludes this week have been selected by W. Heppell Mason from the Letters and Diaries of Fanny Burney


Composer: Richard Wagner
Chorus-Master: Douglas Robinson
Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwangler
Unknown: W. Heppell Mason
Unknown: Fanny Burney
A sailor: Rudolf Schock
Isolde, daughter of the King of Ireland: Kirsten Flagstad
Brangane, her attendant: Blanche Thebom
Kurwenal, Tristan's henchman: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Trifftan, nephew of Marke: Ludwig Suthaus
Melot, false friend of Tristan: Edgar Evans
Marke, King of Cornwall: Josef Greindl
A shepherd: Rudolf Schock
A steersman: Rhoderick Davies


Talk by Kenneth Little
Head of the Department of Social Anthropology at Edinburgh University Dr. Little has recently been studying the modern development of Wesit African society in the Sierra Leone Protectorate. He speaks about the ways in which the structure of this society differs from our own in spite of increasing ' Weternisation.'


Talk By: Kenneth Little


Act 2
Cornwall: the garden of Marke's castle


A medieval narrative poem in four parts, translated into modern English by J. R. R. Tolkien
Part 3


Narrator: James McKechnie
Sir Gawain: Peter Augustine
Lady of the Castle: Jill Balcon
Lord of the Castle: Raf de la Torre


Act 3
Kareol, Brittany: the courtyard of Tristan's half-ruined castle


In the last of three talks Basil Taylor speaks of the influence of the picturesque in English painting, architecture, and design today


Unknown: Basil Taylor


Octet in E flat, Op. 20 played by the Whitehead String Octet:
Leonard Hirsch (violin) Kathleen Sturdy (violin) Lorrainp du Val (violin)
Colin Sauer (violin) Max Gilbert (viola) Jean Stewart (viola) Peter Beavan (cello)
James Whitehead (cello)
(The recorded broadcast of Aug. 5)


Violin: Leonard Hirsch
Violin: Kathleen Sturdy
Violin: Colin Sauer
Viola: Max Gilbert
Viola: Jean Stewart
Cello: Peter Beavan
Cello: James Whitehead

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