Sonatina in diem nativitatis Christl
Chamber-Fantasy on Bizet's Carmen
(1921) played by Philip Levi (piano)
Last of three programmes
de La Mancha' by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The translation by Charles Jarvia adapted in six parts by Paul Ferris Part 1: Treating of how Don Quixote came to lose his wits, and of the first sally he made from his village, including the meohod he took to be dubbed knight; and of his second sadly, with the adventures of the windmills.
The Storyteller, Norman Shelley
Music composed by Manuel Lazareno and conducted by Maurice Miles Production by Peter Duval Smith and Douglas Cleverdon
Ladies of pleasure:La Tolosa:
Ladies of pleasure La Molinera:
A merchant of Toledo:
Vivaldo, a traveller:
An opera in three acts after Pushkin's poem ' Poltava '
Music by Tchaikovsky
(sung in Italian)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale
(Chorus-Master, Andrea Morlsini )
Conducted BY GONEL PERLEA
Scene 1: The garden of Kotshubei's house on the bank of a river in the Ukraine
Scene 2; A room in Kotshubei's house
Mazeppa was the seventh of Tchaikovsky's ten operas. He began to write it in 1881 and then lost interest in it before again taking up the work in the following year. The first performance took place in Moscow in 1884. The libretto, founded on Pushkin's poem Poltava, concerns the warrior
Mazeppa some years after his famous adventure with the wild horse. He is now an elderly hetman (leader of the Cossacks), and the opera deals with his love for Maria (the daughter of Kotshubei, a rich Cossack), who in turn is loved by a young man, Andrei. Mazeppa quarrels with Kotshubei, who is cast into prison and eventually executed, since the Tsar trusts Mazeppa and refuses to believe rumours that he is guilty of treason. Finally, after the battle of Poltava, Andrei attacks Mazeppa, who shoots him, and he dies in Maria's arms. Harold Rutland
Mazeppa, chief of the Ukrainian Cossacks:
Vassili Leontevitch Kotshubei, a rich landowner:
Lubov, his wife:
Maria Vassilevna their daughter:
Andrei, betrothed to Maria:
Orlik, Mazeppa's secret agent and confidant:
Iskra, officer of Poltava, a friend of Kotshubei:
A drunken Cossack:
A Victorian Career
Talk by W. L. Burn
W. L. Burn, Professor of Modern History at King's College, Newcastle upon Tyne, speaks about the rise and fall of a man who cut a great figure at the mid-Victorian Bar and who ' would not have gone half so far if Victorian society had been as staid, as comprehensively and rigidly righteous as we sometimes imagine.'
Scene 1: A prison in Belolzerkov Castle Scene 2: A room in Mazeppa's castle Scene 3: An open field
Talk by C. H. Fyfe
C. H. Fyfe , who is writing a history of Sierra Leone, reviews Roy Lewis 's recent book, Sierra Leone: a modern portrait. He speaks in particular about the influence of English law and property rights in the development of the Colony.
The garden of Kotshubei's house
Talk by John Foster , D.D.
Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Glasgow University
'Some years after the walls of Ch'uanchou had been pulled down during the war with Japan, a Chinese schoolmaster collected some carved stones from the remaining rubble. He took photographs of the best pieces, and it is about these photographs that Professor Foster speculates in this talk. They include Buddhist and Moslem remains, as well as nineteen stones that can be labelled Christian. They are stones from the China of Marco Polo.
(The recorded broadcast of May 10)