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Symphony No. 41, in C (Jupiter) played by the Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Otto Klemperer on a gramophone record


Conducted By: Otto Klemperer


A group of programmes about their impact on the ancient world
5-The Celts a Western Indo-European Society by Kenneth Jackson
Professor of Celtic
In the University of Edinburgh


Unknown: Kenneth Jackson


Compiled and edited by Brian Way from the published diaries of Virginia Woolf
Produced by Terence Tiller


Edited By: Brian Way
Produced By: Terence Tiller

: Tosca

An opera in three acts
Libretto adapted from Sardou's drama by the author, Luigi Illica, and Giuseppe Giacosa
Music by Puccini
(sung in Italian)
Covent Garden Opera Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Douglas Robinson)
Covent Garden Orchestra (Leader, Charles Taylor)
Conducted by Alexander Gibson
From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (by arrangement with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Ltd.)
The action takes place in Rome in 1800
Act 1
The church of Sant' Andrea della Valle


Libretto: Sardou
Libretto: Luigi Illica
Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa
Music: Puccini
Singers: Covent Garden Opera Chorus
Chorus-Master: Douglas Robinson
Musicians: Covent Garden Orchestra
Leader: Charles Taylor
Conductor: Alexander Gibson
Floria Tosca, a prima donna: Zinka Milanov
Mario Cavaradossi, a painter: Franco Corelll
Baron Scarpia, chief of police: Gian Giacomo Guelfi
Cesare Angelotti, an escaped political prisoner: Michael Langdon
A sacristan: Forbes Robinson
Spoletta, a police agent: David Tree
Sciarrone, a gendarme: Ronald Lewis
A gaoler: Rhydderch Davies
A shepherd boy: Noreen Berry


by F. Kingdon-Ward
Hardy plants which were once native to Europe but were eliminated during the Ice Age are still to be found in theSino Himalaya. F. Kingdon-Ward , who has been responsible for reintroducing many of them to the gardens of this country, describes an expedition to Mount Vic toria in Burma, from which he and his wife have recently returned.


Unknown: F. Kingdon-Ward
Unknown: Sino Himalaya.
Unknown: F. Kingdon-Ward
Unknown: Mount Vic

: ' TOSCA'

Act 2
Scarpia's apartment in the Palazzo Farnese


An Afro-Caribbean story retold by Jan Carew
Anancy, the famous spider of West African folklore, was taken to the West Indies by the slaves. In later Caribbean society he is found to have moved from the forest to the town. He has become a sophisticated ' smart-man,' as this story shows.


Unknown: Jan Carew


The fortress Sant* Angelo followed by an interlude at 10. IF


The third of four programmes of poems by Baudelaire to commemorate the centenary of ' Les Fleurs du Mal'
French reader. Jean Vilar
English reader, Stephen Murray
Translation by John Petrie
Programme arranged by Rayner Heppenstall


Reader: Jean Vilar
Reader: Stephen Murray
Translation By: John Petrie
Arranged By: Rayner Heppenstall


Granville Jones (violin) Gordon Watson (piano)


Violin: Granville Jones
Piano: Gordon Watson

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