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Amadeus String Quartet:
Norbert Brainin (violin) Siegmund Nissel (violin)
Peter Schidlof (viola) Martin Lovett (cello)
This is the first of a series of five programmes by the Amadeus String Quartet. Each programme is to include a quartet by Mozart and a quartet by a contemporary British composer.
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by Maxim Gorky.
Translated by Gibson Cowan and adapted for broadcasting by Anthony Jacobs.
[Starring] Ralph Truman
In 1929 Gorky began a trilogy intended to mirror events of the 1917 Revolution and after. Yegor Bulichov was the first of its parts, followed by Dostigaev; but Gorky died before he could write the concluding play.
The setting is a provincial Russian town in an atmosphere of revolution and rumour. Yegor Bulichov, a merchant dying of cancer and surrounded by vicious relatives who hope to inherit his money, symbolises the dying capitalism. The bitterly humorous Andrei represents the corruption of the old world.
Adapted for broadcasting by:
Xenia, Yegor's wife:
Glasha, the maid:
Bashkin, Yegor's business agent:
Shura, Yegor's illegitimate daughter:
Varvara, Yegor's daughter by his wife:
Andrej, Varvara's husband:
Yegor Bulichov, a provincial merchant:
Pavlin, the local priest:
Donat, the, gamekeeper:
Tiatin, a young cousin of Andrej:
Dostigaev, a rival merchant:
Elizaveta, his wife:
Jakov, Yegor's godson:
Melania, Xenia's sister, an abbess, once Yegor's mistress:
Taissia, a novice in Melania's care:
Mokroussov, a policeman:
Sorbuna, a witch:
Propotej, a prophet:
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