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: The Rake's Progress: Act I

An opera in nine scenes and an epilogue.
See foot of page and page 7
Scene: Eighteenth-century England
The garden of Trulove's house in the country: spring afternoon - Mother Goose's brothel, London: summer - The garden of Trulove's house: autumn - The morning-room of Rakewell's house in London: autumn morning - The street before Rakewell's house: autumn dusk

: The Garden of the Hesperides

Gwyn Williams talks about the early forms of the myth and the location of the Garden, according to some ancient authorities, in Cyrenaica. He describes its probable site and its appearance today.
(BBC recording)


Presenter: Gwyn Williams

: A Come-Back

('Une Rentree dans le Monde')
A satire-comedy for radio by Jacques Perret and Jean Forest.
Translated by Helena Wood.
[Starring] Maurice Denham with Denys Blakelock and Betty Hardy
(BBC recording)
Details as Tuesday at 9.45
Helena Wood writes on page 2

Followed by an interlude at 7.25


Author: Jacques Perret
Author: Jean Forest
Translated by: Helena Wood
Music: Max Saunders
Producer: H. B. Fortuin
Marcel: Maurice Denham
M. Guesdon: Denys Blakelock
Mme Ledieu: Betty Hardy

: The Rake's Progress: Act 2

The morning-room of Rakewell's house: Winter morning-The same: spring afternoon-A churchyard: the same night-Bedlam
'Susanna's Secret' and 'Ariadne auf Naxos' from Glyndebourne: July 27

: God and Chance

by John Wren-Lewis.
Scientific scepticism and religious belief lead to the same logical question. There is everything to be gained and nothing to be lost by the religious philosophers and the logical analysts getting together to discuss it.
(BBC recording)


Presenter: John Wren-Lewis

: John Dowland

played by the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
(Recorded broadcast of Oct 11, 1957)


Musicians: The Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

: The Ring and the Book: Part 5 (from Book 7)

A dramatic poem by Robert Browning.
An abridged version in nine parts
Peggy Ashcroft as 'Pompilia'

Browning presents Pompilia on her death-bed, as she 'endeavours to explain her life' to Fra Celestino, her confessor. She turns from the horrors of the past to the glory of her faith in God revealed in Caponsacchi, the man who saved her to bear her child Gaetano, born a fortnight before the murder.
(BBC recording)
Part 6: July 27


Poet: Robert Browning
Pompilia: Peggy Ashcroft

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