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A weekly review of the arts
In the interest 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.


A scene from
Transylvanian village life
Translation by M. D. Calvocoressi
Elizabeth Simon (soprano) Norma Procter (contralto) Kathleen Joyce (contralto) Duncan Robertson (tenor) Denis Dowling (barjtone)
Oweni Brannigan (bass)
BBC Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate )
BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Paul Beard)
Conducted by NIOOLAI MALKO
This one-act folk opera, first produced in Budapest in 1924, was revised eight years later and staged at the Royal Hungarian Opera. It is based on the Magyar folk music which Kodaly collected and published during these years.


Translation By: M. D. Calvocoressi
Soprano: Elizabeth Simon
Contralto: Norma Procter
Contralto: Kathleen Joyce
Tenor: Duncan Robertson
Tenor: Denis Dowling
Bass: Oweni Brannigan
Chorus-Master: Leslie Woodgate
Conducted By: Nioolai Malko


A conversation in May 1660
Written by Maurice Cranston
Produced by Douglas Cleverdon
This conversation between champions of different political philosophies is imagined to have taken place in May 1660, when England was awaiting, the return of Charles 11 after his proclamation as King by both Houses of Parliament.


Written By: Maurice Cranston
Produced By: Douglas Cleverdon
Thomas Hobbes: Carleton Hobbs
Colonel John Hutchinson: James McKechnie
John Evelyn: Norman Shelley
Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper: Anthony Jacobs
John Aubrey: Robert Eddison


Some of his organ pieces, including' verses for single and double organi, a voluntary for the cornet stop, and a fugue played by Ralph Downes (organ)
From the Church of St. Clement Danes, London


Played By: Ralph Downes

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