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: Chamber Music

Thea King (clarinet)
London String Quartet: Erich Gruenberg (violin), John Tunnell (violin), Keith Cummings (viola), Douglas Cameron (cello)
The combination of clarinet with a quartet of strings is so attractive that it comes as a surprise to find so few composers since Mozart have written for this ensemble. A fairly recent addition was commissioned from Benjamin Frankel by the BBC and first played at Cheltenham in 1956. It is a delightful work in three movements, dedicated to Thea King as a tribute in memory of Frederick Thurston, who was her husband.


Clarinetist: Thea King
Violinist (London String Quartet): Erich Gruenberg
Violinist (London String Quartet): John Tunnell
Viola (London String Quartet): Keith Cummings
Cellist (London String Quartet): Douglas Cameron

: Dangerous Experiment

Alan Pryce-Jones discusses in connection with Erich Heller's latest book, 'The Ironic German', the attempt of Thomas Mann to reconcile life and art in fiction.
(BBC recording)


Speaker: Alan Pryce-Jones

: Ravel

Sonatine; Minuet on the name of Haydn; Le Tombeau de Couperin
played by Jacques Fevrier (piano).
(BBC recording)


Pianist: Jacques Fevrier

: The Communist View: People's Communes

A report on the reorganisation of Chinese peasant life on 'collectivised combatant lines'.
Compiled by members of the BBC's Foreign News Department
(BBC recording)

: Nielsen

Symphony No. 4 (L'Inestinguibile) (1916) played by the Orchestra of Statsradiofonien, Denmark.
Conducted by Launy Grendahl
on a gramophone record.


Musicians: The Orchestra of Statsradiofonien, Denmark
Orchestra conducted by: Launy Grendahl

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