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Leader, Hugh Bean Conducted by GENNADI ROZHDESTVENSKY
From the Usher Kail, Edinburgh
Part 1: Shostakovich
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk first performance
Symphony No. 12 first performance in this country


Leader: Hugh Bean
Conducted By: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky


EDWARD HYAMS utters his thoughts on reading two books: The Education of a Gardener by Russell Page and The Native Garden by Robert Gathorne-Hardy
First of a group of three talks


Unknown: Edward Hyams
Garden By: Robert Gathorne-Hardy


Part 2: Prokofiev
Symphony No. 3, Op. 44 first public performance in this country


by Eugene Ionesco translated by DONALD WATSON
Produced by R. D. SMITH
Third broadcast
There is no prima donna in La Cantarice Chauve and no one who is bald. It seemed, therefore, an apt title for the play which came to lonesco when, in 1948, he was teaching himself English from a do-it-yourself phrase-book. Conscientiously he copied out whole sentences from his primer. When he re-read them attentively ne did not learn English but he was impressed by what they told him. He had not before seriously considered the fact that there are seven days in a week, or that the floor is up and the ceiling down. He was even more impressed by the platitudes of a Mr. and Mrs. Smith and their friends who were introduced to liven up the lesson. The emptiness of conventional life overwhelmed him ...


Unknown: Eugene Ionesco
Translated By: Donald Watson
Produced By: R. D. Smith
Presenter: Norman Claridge
Mrs Smith: Betty Linton
Mr Smith: Charles Leno
Maid: Patricia Heneghan
Mr Martin: Bryan Pringle
Mrs Martin: Anne Jameson
Fireman: Harry Locke

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