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A weekly review of the arts
A review of the new production of Coriolanus with Sir Laurence Olivier , at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. Stratford-upon-Avon
In the interests of topicality it is not possible to include details of all Comment items in Radio TIMES.


Unknown: Sir Laurence Olivier


' Fidelio '
An illustrated study in the origins of Beethoven's opera by Hanns Hammelmann and Michael Rose
Including excerpts from the original version of the opera (' Leonore') from a recording made available by courtesy of Bayerischer Rundfunk
Part of the original version of Marzelline's aria recorded for this programme by Jacqueline Delman accompanied by Clifton Helliwell Production by Christopher Sykes


Unknown: Hanns Hammelmann
Unknown: Michael Rose
Programme By: Jacqueline Delman
Accompanied By: Clifton Helliwell
Production By: Christopher Sykes
Narrator: John Glen
Beethoven: Donald Gray
Czerny: John Baker
Ries: Martin Starkie
Seyfried: Jack Shaw
Baron de Tremont: Keith Williams
Treitschke: Geoffrey Wincott
Sonnleithner: John Hollis
Roeckel ,: Neville Hartley
Bettina von Brentano: Patience Collier
First critic: Edgar Norfolk
Second critic: Alec Finter


Quartet in E flat. Op. 87, for piano and strings
Sextet in A, Op. 48, for strings
London Piano Quartet; Emanuel Hurwitz (violin)
Watson Forbes (viola) Vivian Joseph (cello) James Gibb (piano)
Aeolian String Quartet; Sydney Humphreys (violin)
Trevor Williams (violin)
Watson Forbes (viola) Derek Simpson (cello) with Gwynne Edwards (viola)
John Moore (cello)
Second of three programmes of music by Dvorak


Violin: Emanuel Hurwitz
Viola: Watson Forbes
Cello: Vivian Joseph
Piano: James Gibb
Violin: Sydney Humphreys
Violin: Trevor Williams
Viola: Watson Forbes
Cello: Derek Simpson
Viola: Gwynne Edwards
Cello: John Moore
Music By: Dvorak

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