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A weekly review of the arts
In the interests of topicality it is not always possible to include details of Comment items in Radio TIMES. This week's items will be announced at the microphone.


Netherlands String Quartet:
Nap de Klijn , Jaap SchrSder
Paul Godwin , Carel Boomkamp
Last of three programmes including string quartets by Schumann


Unknown: Nap de Klijn
Unknown: Jaap Schrsder
Unknown: Paul Godwin
Unknown: Carel Boomkamp


Written for radio by Giinter Eich
Translated from the German by Michael Hamburger
Gabriele, a Jewish girl of seventeen, is in hiding from the Nazis with her grandfather in a Berlin flat. Inspired by an old newspaper cutting, the two of them reconstruct the story of a party of Italian schoolgirls lost in the Roman catacombs. They feel that their real situation is illuminated by the imagined one in the catacombs, which for the listener symbolise the Nazi gas chambers.
Cast in order of speaking:
Produced by Christopher Holme


Unknown: Giinter Eich
Unknown: Michael Hamburger
Produced By: Christopher Holme
Gabriele: Pauline Yates
Goldschmidt: Frank Pettingell
Frau Winter: Coral Fairweather
IN the CATACOMBS: Bottari: Frank Duncan
IN the CATACOMBS: Bianca: Joyce Carpenter
IN the CATACOMBS: Maria: Isla Cameron
IN the CATACOMBS: Lena: Nona Blair
IN the CATACOMBS: Lucia: Anne Beresford
IN the CATACOMBS: Antonia: Ysanne Churchman
IN VITERBO: Angelica Bottari: Nicolette Bernard
IN VITERBO: Giraldi: Derek Birch
IN VITERBO: Emilio: Glyn Dearman


Eric Parkin (piano)
John Carol Case (baritone)
Joaephine Lee (piano)
Five Sixteenth-Century Poems:
A thanksgiving; All in a garden green; An aside; A report song; The sweet season
Piano Sonata in E minor
Last of three recitals of songs and piano music by John Ireland


Piano: Eric Parkin
Baritone: John Carol Case
Piano: Joaephine Lee
Music By: John Ireland

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