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: Bach

The Basil Lam Sonata Ensemble
Trio in C minor, for flute, violin, and continuo (Das musikalische Opfer)
Trio in C, for two violins and continuo

: Comment

A topical programme on the arts, literature, and entertainment
Three speakers comment on whatever seems of most immediate interest in the world of the various arts. It is hoped to include a contribution on the new Cello Concerto by Sir William Walton.

: The Midsummer Marriage: Act 1: Morning

An opera in three acts with words and music by Michael Tippett
From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

The action takes place on Midsummer Day

Stephen Williams writes on page 6


Composer: Michael Tippett
Singers: Covent Garden Opera Chorus
Chorus-master: Douglas Robinson
Musicians: Covent Garden Orchestra
Leader: Charles Taylor
Conductor: John Pritchard
Producer: Christopher West
Mark, a young man of unknown parentage: Richard Lewis
The Ancients, priest: Michael Langdon
The Ancients, priestess: Edith Coates
Jenifer, Mark's betrothed, a young girl: Joan Sutherland
King Fisher, Jenifer's father, a business man: Howell Glynne
Bella, King Fisher's secretary: Jeannette Sinclair
Jack, Bella's boy-friend, a mechanic: John Lanigan
A Half-Tipsy Man: Gordon Farrall
A Dancing Man: Andrew Daniels
Sosostris, a clairvoyante: Nancy Thomas
Strephon, a dancer attendant upon the Ancients (non-singing part): Donald McCleary

: Frederick William Maitland

Remembered by his daughter.

Maitland, the great legal historian, died in 1906, when his daughter was a girl. She describes her recollections as a child's-eye view.
(BBC recording)

: This is Tibten

A short story by Heinrich Boll
Translated from the German by Richard Graves
Read by Gilbert Harding


Author: Heinrich Boll
Translated by: Richard Graves
Reader: Gilbert Harding

: The Midsummer Marriage: Act 3: Evening and Night

From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

: The Overland Route to India: 4: Music from Iraq and Kurdistan

Seven illustrated talks by Deben Bhattacharya

In 1955 the speaker travelled from London to Calcutta recording folk and traditional music as he went.


Speaker: Deben Bhattacharya

: Five Great Odes: 3: Magnificat

by Paul Claudel
Translated from "Cinq Grandes Odes" and introduced by Geoffrey Brereton
Readers: Valentine Dyall, Margot van der Burgh, Joan Hart


Author: Paul Claudel
Translater by/Presenter: Geoffrey Brereton
Reader: Valentine Dyall
Reader: Margot van Der Burgh
Reader: Joan Hart
Production: Christopher Sykes

: In Nomine Players

Maxwell Ward (viola pomposa) Michael Mitchell (quinton) Desmond Dupre (tenor viol) Dennis Nesbitt (viola da gamba) Francisco Gabarro (cello) Francis Baines (violone)

In Nomine A 4 Taverner In Nomine a 5 (Crye) Tye In Nomine a 5 Byrd In Nomine a 5 Gibbons In Nomine & 6 Weelkea In Nomine a 3 Tomkins In Nomine a 6 Purcell


Unknown: Michael Mitchell
Tenor: Desmond Dupre
Viola: Dennis Nesbitt
Cello: Francisco Gabarro
Cello: Francis Baines

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