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: Monteverdi and his Contemporaries

Unaccompanied Madrigals
The Deller Consort:
In early seventeenth-century Italy, long-established vocal forms such as the madrigal and motet were radically transformed and several new forms - opera, oratorio, and cantata among them - emerged: this new music was founded on the recently invented basso continuo and was generally more dramatic in character. The changes are vividly displayed in the music of Monteverdi, the most universal composer of the age; this group of four programmes also shows that other composers of the time were equally at home in various aspects of the new style.


Soprano: April Cantelo
Singer: Eileen McLoughlin
Counter-tenor: Alfred Deller
Tenor: Wilfred Brown
Tenor: Gerald English
Bass-baritone: Maurice Bevan
Programme devised by: Denis Arnold
Note by: Nigel Fortune

: The Common Wind

A portrait in words and drums of Toussaint Louverture

On August 4, 1791, the slaves of Haiti attended a voodoo meeting in the forest. A week later they rose against their French masters, burning and pillaging. The slave Toussaint seized control of the mobs and disciplined them into a splendid army; and in 1796 he established the Black Republic, aided by Sonthonax, a passionate believer in the rights of man. In 1802 Napoleon despatched the Grand Army to subdue Toussaint, whom they captured under a flag of truce. He was taken to France and murdered slowly by brutal imprisonment. 'There's not a breathing of the common wind that will forget thee,' wrote Wordsworth of Toussaint.
(The recorded broadcast of Sept. 9)


Written By: H. A L. Craig
Produced By: Peter Duval Smith
Reader: Bari Johnson
Reader: Pearl Connor
Reader: Pauline Henriques
Reader: Harry Quashie
Reader: Frank Singuineau.
Singer: Gordon Woolford
Singer: Edric Connor
Singer: Cy Grant
Singer: George Brown
Drummer: Billy Olu Sholanke
Drummer: Ade Bashorun
Drummer: Afolabi Tomas
Toussaint Louverture: Errol John
Billy Baptiste, his companion, after wards his servant: Lionel Ngakane
Boukmans voodoo priest: Edric Connor
Negro Generals - John Francis: Roy Coverley
Negro Generals - Dessalines: Cv Grant
Commissioners of the French National Assembly - Ailhaud: Carleton Hobbs
Commissioners of the French National Assembly - Sonthonax: Hugh Burden
Commissioners of the French National Assembly - Polverel: Geoffrey Wincott
White Planter: Heron Carvic
White Planter: Peter Claughton
French Soldiers under Leclerc - Grenadier Face: John Sharp
French Soldiers under Leclerc - Grenadier Pile: Geoffrey Wincott
Baillie, Toussaint's gaoler at Fort de Joux: Allan McClelland

: Orchestral Concert

Yfrah Neaman (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Paul Beard )
Conducted by Stanford Robinson
Part 1


Leader: Paul Beard
Conducted By: Stanford Robinson

: China and the Soviet Bloc

by Desmond Donnelly, M.P.
Mr. Donnelly, who has made several journeys to Communist countries, speaks on the politics and economics of Communist alliances.


Speaker: Desmond Donnelly, M.P.

: Orchestral Concert

Part 2
Symphony No. 1, in D minor
John Gardner
(Also broadcast on Friday)


Composer: John Gardner

: The Overland Route to India: 6: Afghon Drums and Pashto Songs

Seven illustrated talks by Deben Bhattacharya

In 1955 the speaker travelled from London to Calcutta recording folk and traditional music as he went.
(Last talk: March 5)


Speaker: Deben Bhattacharya

: Schumann

Abegg Variations, Op. 1
Arabeske, Op. 18
Sonata in G minor, Op. 22
(The recorded broadcast of Aug. 9)


Piano: Maurice Cole

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