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: Edinburgh International Festival: La Vida Breve

A lyric drama in two acts.
Music by Manuel de Falla
(sung in Spanish)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Conciertos de Madrid
(Chorus-Master, Jose Perera)
Conductor, Eduardo Toldra
Granada at the beginning of the century.
Act 1
The courtyard of a house in the Albaicin district - The Sacro Monte, overlooking Granada.
Act 2
A narrow street outside Carmela's house - The courtyard of Carmela's house.
From the King's Theatre. Edinburgh


Libretto: Carlos Fernandez Shaw
Music: Manuel De Falla
Singers/Musicians: Chorus and Orchestra of the Conciertos de Madrid
Chorus-Master: Jose Perera
Conductor: Eduardo Toldra
A voice in the smithy/A voice in the distance: Jesus Aguirre
The Grandmother: Rosario Gomez
Street vendor: Rafael Maldonado
Street vendor: Anita Fernandez
Street vendor: Del Pozo
Street vendor: Emilia Garcia Manzanares
Street vendor: Elia Lopez Lopez
Salud: Victoria de Los Angeles
Paco: Bernabe Martinez
Uncle Sarvaor: Joaquin Deus
Pepe, the singer: Manuel Ausensi
Carmela: Julita Bermejo
Manuel, her brother: Manuel Albalat

: The Formation of Public Opinion

Sir William Haley, K.C.M.G. broadcasts the Haldane Memorial Lecture which he gave at Birkbeck College on March 11.
(The recorded broadcast of May 11)


Lecturer: Sir William Haley

: Beethoven-Liszt

A series of nine programmes of Liszt's arrangements for piano of Beethoven's symphonies.
Symphony No. 8, in F played by Kendall Taylor.
(BBC recording)

Symphony No. 4, played by Lamar Crowson: September 17


Pianist: Kendall Taylor

: Ezra Pound

reads a selection from his poetry.
In the first of two programmes devoted to his poetry Ezra Pound reads L'homme moyen sensuel and most of the poems of Alfred Venison. The programme also includes his autobiographical Four Steps.
Introduced by D. G. Bridson.
(The recorded broadcast of June 21)
Second programme: September 15


Poet/reader: Ezra Pound
Presenter: D. G. Bridson

: Franz Danzi (1763-1826)

Wind Quintet in B flat, Op. 56 No. 1
Wind Quintet in G minor, Op. 56 No. 2
played by the Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble: Gareth Morris (flute), Leonard Brain (oboe), Stephen Waters (clarinet), Cecil James (bassoon), Neill Sanders (horn).
(BBC recording)
A second programme of music by Danzi: September 21


Flutist (The Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble): Gareth Morris
Clarinetist (The Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble): Stephen Waters
Bassoonist (The Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble): Cecil James
Horn (The Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble): Neill Sanders

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