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: Parsifal

A sacred festival drama by Richard Wagner
(sung in German)

Act I
In the Grail's domain
The hall of the Grail castle

(Joan Chissell writes on page 6)


Composer: Richard Wagner
Musicians: Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival
Chorus-Master: Wilhelm Pitz
Conductor: Hans Knappertsbusch
Producer: Wieland Wagner
Amfortas: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Titurel: Hans Hotter
Gurnemanz: Josef Greindl
Parsifal: Ramon Vinay
Klingsor: Toni Blankenheim
Kundry: Martha Modl
Knight of the Grail: Josef Traxel
Knight of the Grail: Alfons Herwig
Esquire: Paula Lenchner
Esquire: Elisabeth Schartel
Esquire: Gerhard Stolze
Esquire: Alfred Pfeifle
Klingsor's Flower Maidens: Ilse Hollweg
Klingsor's Flower Maidens: Friedl Poltinger
Klingsor's Flower Maidens: Paula Lenchner
Klingsor's Flower Maidens: Dorothea Siebert
Klingsor's Flower Maidens: Jutta Vulpius
Klingsor's Flower Maidens: Elisabeth Schartel

: The Indo-Europeans: 5: The Celts: a Western Indo-European Society

by Kenneth Jackson, Professor of Celtic Language in the University of Edinburgh

A group of programmes about their impact on the ancient world

Much controversy still persists about our Indo-European ancestors, their origins, dispersal, and the character of the various societies they founded. New light has been shed on these questions in recent years through linguistic studies and archaeological field-work.


Speaker: Kenneth Jackson

: Parsifal

Act 2
Klingsor's enchanted castle and garden

: The Poet's Voice

A selection of recent verse

Including contributions from Elizabeth Jennings, Iain Fletcher, Jon Silkin, Christopher Middleton, Peter Redgrove, Ann Jacobs, James Rubadiri, Ted Hughes who read their own poems


Poet/Reader: Elizabeth Jennings
Poet/Reader: Iain Fletcher
Poet/Reader: Jon Silkin
Poet/Reader: Christopher Middleton
Poet/Reader: Peter Redgrove
Poet/Reader: Ann Jacobs
Poet/Reader: James Rubadiri
Poet/Reader: Ted Hughes

: Parsifal

Act 3
In the Grail's domain
The hall of the Grail castle

: Chinese Stories About Actors

A talk by Arthur Waley on some strange relations between Chinese actors and the world of the dead.


Speaker: Arthur Waley

: Schubert

Quartet No. 8, in D (D.94)
played by the Lyra String Quartet: Granville Casey, John Crossan, John Linn, John McInulty


Violinist: Granville Casey
Violinist: John Crossan
Violaist: John Linn
Cellist: John McInulty

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