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Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 played by Joseph Schuster (cello)
Leonard Pennario (piano) on gramophone records


Cello: Joseph Schuster
Piano: Leonard Pennario


A poem by Wallace Stevens
Read by David Gascoyne with music composed by Humphrey Searle played by Freddie Phillips
To an extent unusual even in modern literature, Wallace Stevens 's poems are about poetry itself. ' His recurring preoccupation,' a critic has said, 'is to penetrate by absolute self-consciousness into the nature of the poetic act.'
' Poetry is the subject of the poem, From this the poem issues and To this returns. Between the two, Between issue and return, there is An absence in reality, Things as they are.'
In this strangely elegant sequence Wallace Stevens struggles to impose order upon-or give meaning to-the chaos of everyday experience (' things as they are') by the act of poetic imagination.
(The recorded broadcast of Aug. 22)


Unknown: Wallace Stevens
Read By: David Gascoyne
Composed By: Humphrey Searle
Played By: Freddie Phillips
Unknown: Wallace Stevens
Unknown: Wallace Stevens


Choir of Salisbury Cathedral
Conductor, Douglas Guest
Christopher Dearnley (organ)
Second of six programmes devised and edited by Peter le Huray


Conductor: Douglas Guest
Conductor: Christopher Dearnley
Edited By: Peter Le Huray


Some thoughts on Piet Mondrian by J. L. Martin
The speaker, who was in touch with Mondrian when the artist lived in London in the late nineteen-thirties, talks about his painting and its relationship with architecture.
A retrospective exhibition of paintings and drawings by Mondrian is at present on view in London at the Whitechapei Art Gallery.


Unknown: Piet Mondrian
Unknown: J. L. Martin

: Stephen Murray and Raymond Huntley in ' A LEAK IN THE UNIVERSE'

by I. A. Richards
Incidental music composed by Roberto Gerhard
Produced by D. G. Bridson


Unknown: I. A. Richards
Composed By: Roberto Gerhard
Produced By: D. G. Bridson
The Conjuror: Stephen Murray
Klaus: Raymond Huntley
Mrs Nemo: Bettina Dickson
Sir Glendoveer: Roger Snowdon
Zocca: Leslie Perrins
Omori: Carteton Hobbs


Hallé Orchestra
(Leader, Laurance Turner )
Conductor, Sir John Barbirolli
Richard Strauss
Suite: The Love of Danae
9.30 app. Symphonic Poem: Death and Transfiguration
From the Royal Albert Hall, London


Leader: Laurance Turner
Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli
Conductor: Richard Strauss


A series of seven talks
At the end of the war, when the new Town and Country Planning Acts began to come into operation, the post-war programme of reconstruction and new building was commonly expected to last about twenty years. These talks are an attempt to assess some of the failures and achievements in planning and architecture over the first half of this period and to outline some new conceptions that might find support in the next decade.
1—Planning: Local and Regionalby H. Myles Wright
Lever Professor of Civic Design in the University of Liverpool
Most people in this country are now agreed in deploring the further outward growth of the conurbations and big industrial cities while much of their central districts remains decayed; the reappearance of ribbon development; and the continued merging of town and country into the half-and-half land recently labelled ' subtopia.' Professor Wright suggests some possible new lines of action.


Unknown: H. Myles Wright


Liza Fuchsova and Paul Hamburger (piano duet)


Unknown: Liza Fuchsova
Piano: Paul Hamburger

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