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An opera in two acts
Libretto by Karlheinz Gutheim
Music by JANACEK (sung in German)
Cologne Radio Choir
Chorus-Master, Bernhard Zimmermann Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra Conducted by JOSEPH KEILBERTH AcT 1
Scene 1: Outside Wiirfl's inn on the hill leading to the Hradschin Castle in Prague, 1920.
Scene 2: A landscape on the moon.
Scene 3: The Parliament House, the Moon Republic.
Scene 4: Outside Wiirfl's inn.


Unknown: Karlheinz Gutheim
Chorus-Master: Bernhard Zimmermann
Conducted By: Joseph Keilberth
Mathias Broucek, a house-owner, in Prague (tenor): Lorenz Fehenberger
Mazal, a young technician: Fritz Wunderlich
MlZALUN, chief constructor: Fritz Wunderlich
MAZAL, Amalka's bride- groom (tenor): Fritz Wunderlich
SACRISTAN of St Veit: Carlos Alexander
Lokristan: Carlos Alexander
Sexton of the Tein Church: Carlos Alexander
Malinka, daughter of the Sacristan of St Veit: Wilma Lipp
LUNAMALI, Lukristan's daughter: Wilma Lipp
AMALKA, daughter of the Sexton of the Tein Church (soprano): Wilma Lipp
WüRFL the innkeeper: Kieth Engen
President Wurflun: Kieth Engen
KOSTKA (bass): Kieth Engen
Boy, serving in Wiirfl's inn: Antonia Fahberg
MINISTER OF CULTURE SCHOLAR (soprano): Antonia Fahberg
Fanny NOWAK, Broucek's housekeeper; Minister OF Food: Frantischka, the Sexton's housekeeper: Lilian Benningsen
Tram CONDUCTOR: Paul Kuen
MINISTER OF Transport: Paul Kuen
MIROLSLAV, a gate-keeper(tenor): Paul Kuen
VACEK with the iron hand (baritone): Carl Hoppe


by N. C. Hunt
Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford
How much did party count for? Mr. Hunt disagrees with some of Sir Lewis Namier 's views.


Unknown: N. C. Hunt
Unknown: Sir Lewis Namier


Act 2
Scene 1: The heights of the Barrandov
Rocks outside Prague.
Scene 2: The old town square, Prague, summer 1420.
Scene 3: A room in the house of the Sexton of the Tein Church, 1420.
Scene 4: The square at sundown, 1420. Scene 5: Outside Wurfl's inn, 1920. First broadcast performance in this country
Recording of a performance in Germany made available by courtesy of Westdeutscher Rundfunk. A timed synopsis of the opera is printed in ' The Listener ' of May 11 See page 21


Unknown: Westdeutscher Rundfunk.


Eight weekly readings from the poem in a conflated text of the 1805 and 1850 versions arranged by H. S. TAYLOR
Read by the Cumbrian poet Norman Nicholson
3: Cambridge
Produced by Anthony Thwaite
Fourth reading: May 22


Unknown: William Wordsworth
Arranged By: H. S. Taylor
Unknown: Norman Nicholson
Produced By: Anthony Thwaite

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