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Sonata for violin and piano played by Frederick Grinke (violin)
Kendall Taylor (piano)


Violin: Frederick Grinke
Piano: Kendall Taylor


System and Style in Architecture
Walter Gropius interviewed by J. M. Richards
Walter Gropius , Emeritus Professor of Architecture in the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, visited this country last month to receive the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. In this interview he speaks about current trends in America, in particular about industrialised building techniques and their effect on architectural style.
(The recorded broadcast of May 5)


Unknown: Walter Gropius
Interviewed By: J. M. Richards
Interviewed By: Walter Gropius


Divertimento for wind quintet played by the Marsyas Wind Quintet


by Margaret Fay Shaw
In the second of two programmes Miss Shaw presents recordings she has made in South Uist of some of the love songs, lullabies, and work songs of the islanders.


Unknown: Margaret Fay Shaw

: Anthony Jacobs in 'RASSELAS,

Prince of Abyssinia' by Samuel Johnson
Adapted for broadcasting and - produced by Terence Tiller
Written in 1759, when Johnson was fifty, Rasselvs is unexpectedly sardonic in mood and tone. The main themes of the book are the impossibility of achieving in this life a happiness that shall be more than relative, and ' the vanity of human wishes' when faced with cold facts.


Unknown: Samuel Johnson
Produced By: Terence Tiller
Narrator 1: Oliver Burt
Narrator 2: T St John Barry
Rasselas: Anthony Jacobs
Imiac: Cecil Bellamy
Nekayah: Jill Balcon
Pekuah: Denise Bryer
A Mechanist: Stephen Jack
An Astronomer: Deryck Guyler


An account of the career of Cecilia Davies by Enid Gibson with illustrations by Jennifer Vyvyan (soprano) and the Kalmar Chamber Orchestra conducted by Colin Davis
Alan Wheatley and Brewster Mason
Cecilia Davies , after achieving great fame on the operatic stage both in Italy and in England, died unacknowledged in 1836 when she was over eighty.


Unknown: Cecilia Davies
Unknown: Enid Gibson
Soprano: Jennifer Vyvyan
Conducted By: Colin Davis
Readers: Alan Wheatley
Readers: Brewster Mason
Unknown: Cecilia Davies


Talk by D. Hobart Houghton
Professor of Economics,
Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Migrant labour, the system whereby many hundreds of thousands of Africans leave their tribal homes for a temporary period of work in industrial centres, is fundamentally affecting contemporary Africa. Professor Houghton analyses different types of migration and examines their consequences in economic terms.


Talk By: D. Hobart Houghton


Read in Greek by Elsa Verghis of the Greek National Theatre, Athens
Agamemnon: vv. 320-350, 855-913, 1372-1395. The Choephori: vv. 153-163, 183-211, 386-404, 410-433. The Eumenides: vv. 244-263, 299-333, 778-792. (Verse numbers from Oxford text)
The programme arranged and introduced by Raymond Raikes


Unknown: Elsa Verghis
Introduced By: Raymond Raikes


Amadeus String Quartet
Quartet in B flat, Op. 18 No. 6 Quartet in F, Op. 135
(The recorded broadcast of Jan. 22)

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