by Arnold Haskell
In this talk Mr. Haskell reviews the present season at Covent Garden, bearing in mind such factors as the work of De Basil before the war, and the extent to which outside influences. particularly Americanisation, have affected the Russian tradition.
Mr. Haskell holds the opinion that this present season will largely decide the future of Russian ballet, and that its survival depends on a long residence in Europe in contact with the musicians and painters of France
Medieval England and Modern Syria
Talk by Rodney Hilton , Lecturer in History at Birmingham University and author of a recent book on the economy of the fourteenth-century estates in Leicestershire
A Virgate was a peasant holding in medieval England; a Feddan is a peasant holding in twentieth-century Syria and the Lebanon. Rodney Hilton compares his experiences as a soldier in the war among the peasant cultivators of modern Syria with his researches into the villeins, or peasant cultivators, of fourteenth-century Leicestershire
Talk by Professor Nicholas Mansergh , of the Royal Institute of International Affairs
On February 4 Eire will hold its first general election since May. 1944. Several parties will challenge Mr. De Valera , whose administration has held office for nearly sixteen years. Dr. Mansergh, author of ' Britain and Ireland,' describes the policies which will be put before the electorate
Two assessments of the importance of the Bogota Conference
The first is from Robin Humphreys , who holds the new Chair of Latin-American History in the University of London. The second is from George Pendle , an exporter of British goods to South America and an expert on Latin-American affairs
by R. R. Betts
Professor Betts, Masaryk Professor of Central European History in the University of London, has lately returned from a visit to Czechoslovakia and Hungary. His talk is based on impressions received from conversations with people holding many shades of opinion in these countries, and on his own observations of the social and political changes there
D.S.O., LL.D., F.R.S. on his retirement from the Directorship of the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations
The broadcast includes Sir John's address to the meeting on ' Food, the Foundation of World Unity.' and extracts from the responses made by representatives of the organisations holding the meeting. These are Humanity, Federal Union, National Peace Council, World Citizenship Movement, Liaison Committee for World Government, Engineers' Study Group on Economics, International Friendship League, and Crusade for World Government (British Parliamentary Committee)
(Recordings made earlier this evening at the Royal Society of Arts)
Second of two talks by C. D. Darlington , D.sc, F.R.S.
Dr. Darlington holds that the acceptance and application of scientific research and discovery can help our society to adjust itself to rapidly changing conditions-an adjustment on which the survival of our nation and of our culture may depend
A Great Nineteenth-Century Gardener Geoffrey Taylor holds that William Robinson had as much influence on the cultural destinies of England as many a statesman and many a poet
Robinson produced two masterpieceshis book ' The English Flower Garden' and his own garden at Gravetye
Second of two talks by O. D. Darlington , D.SC., F.R.S.
Dr. Darlington holds that the acceptance and application of scientific research and discovery can help our society to adjust Itself to rapidly changing conditions-an adjustment on which the survival of our nation and of our culture may depend
(The recorded broadcast of Oct. 22)
A Great Nineteenth-Century Gardener Geoffrey Taylor holds that William Robinson had as much influence on the cultural destinies of England as many a statesman and many a poet. Robinson produced two masterpieces— his book 'The English Flower Garden' and his own garden at Gravetye
A new investigation by Michael Innes
The pseudonym of Michael Innes conceals the Identity, of a Shakespearean scholar who is also one of the most inspired writers of modern detective fiction. Both of these capacities are exercised in this investigation into ' the violent and more or lees mysterious deaths ' of all who might put forward a claim to. the throne of Denmark. The solution he offers tonight is as ingenious as it is stimulating.
Other Hamlet programmes this week are ' The Fool's Saga,' by Rayner Heppenstall (Monday and Friday); John Gielgud in the production first broadcast last December (Tuesday); ' I Hold You Up a Glass,' a talk on the play. by T. S. Gregory (Wednesday and Thursday); The Second-Best Bed,' arranged for broadcasting by John Keir Cross from James Joyce 's 'Ulysses' (Thursday); and ' The Missing Speech in Hamlet,' a talk by John Bamborough (Friday)
Margaret Field-Hyde (soprano)
René Soames (tenor)
William Parsons (bass-baritone)
(Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate )
Charles Spink3 (organ)
New London Orchestra (Led by Reginald Morley )
Conducted by Walter Goehr
Cantata 57: Selig ist der
Mann Ricercar a 6 (Das musikalische Opfer) Cantata 67: Halt' im Gedachtnis Jesu
Third of six Bach cantata programmes, devised by Basil Lam
Cantata No. 57, ' Blessed is the man that endureth temptation,' consists of a dialogue between Jesus (bass) and the believing soul (soprano), which tells of the grievous state of the soul and the consolation brought to it by the Saviour.
' Hold in remembrance Jesus Christ ' sings the chorus at the opening of Cantata No. 67, for the first Sunday after Easter; the words are based on the Second Epistle to Timothy, chapter 2 verse 8. The whole work is dramatic in style, and it contains a particularly fine bass aria (with chorus), ' Peace be unto you,' the words of which arc taken from St. John's Gospel, chapter 20 verse 19. Harold Rutland
by Sir William Hamilton Fyfe
The speaker holds that undeserved oblivion has overtaken the Greek critic whose work waited fifteen centuries to achieve fame throughout Europe.
The Family in a Changing Society
Talk by Richard Titmuss
Professor Titmuss, who holds the chair of Social Administration at the London School of Economics, has recently conducted rcsearches into the social history of the war. He is author of Problems of Social Policy.
This is the second of a number of talks studying social change. The first, entitled
' The Scientist Studies Society.' wasgiven byProfessor W. J. H. Sprott on January 23.
Frederick Thurston (clarinet)
Frederick Stone (piano)
William Pleeth (cello)
Allegretto. Op. 34 No. 2, for clarinet and piano... Heinrich Kaspar Schmid
Selanka Pastorale , Op. 16 (1945), for clarinet and piano.... Zdenik Fibich
Sonata for clarinet and cello
Poco lento; Vivo; Adagio; Finale (quasi variazioni)
Next June the International Society for Contemporary Music will celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of its foundation by holding its Festival at Salzburg, .where it began in 1922; and this week the two British works chosen for performance there are both being played in the Third Programme: Humphrey Searte 's ' Poem for twenty-two strings ' on Tuesday and Phyllis Tate 's Sonata for clarinet and cello tonight The Sonata, which was completed in October 1947, is dedicated to Frederick Thurston and William Pleeth , who performed it for the first time at a London Contemporary Music Centre concert in December of that year. H. R.
Eleanor Houston (soprano)
Kyra Vayne (soprano) Richard Lewis (tenor)
William Parsons (baritone)
Norman Lumsden (bass)
BBC Opera Chorus
(Trained by Alan G. Melville )
BBC Opera Orchestra
(Leader, John Sharpe )
Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Including extracts from
' La Vestale '
' Fernand Cortez '
(La Conquête du Mexique) and ' Olympie '
Programme devised by Geoffrey Dunn (Eleanor Houston broadcasts by permission of the Governors of Sadler's Wells)
This concert of music by Spontini has' been devised by Geoffrey Dunn on the lines of his Piccinni programme a few weeks ago. During his retirement at Naples towards the end of his life. Piccinni gave some composition lessons to Spontini; and indeed there is a similarity in their careers. Both composers were Italians who won success with their operas in Paris and elsewhere, but their music lost its hold over the public in later years (unlike that of their rivals, Gluck and Weber). La Vestale was produced in Paris in 1807; Fernand Cortez followed in 1809. Olympie, unsuccessful in Paris, was revised, translated into German by E. T. A. Hoffmann, and given in 1821 in Berlin, where it was acclaimed. H.R.
Talk by Anthony Quinton
In the introduction to his recent book Human Society in Ethics and Politics Bertrand Russell wrote that he was conscious of two criticisms: firstly, that the ethical theory he holds does not entitle him to make moral judgments on political questions; secondly, that he overestimates the part played by reason in human affairs. In this talk Mr. Quinton considers the justice of these criticisms of Lord Russell's work as an ethical and social theorist.
Talk by Geoffrey Barraclough
On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the military defeat of the Third Reich, Professor Barraciough comments on the fact that ' even today, when the centre of gravity in world politics seems to have moved away from Europe to the Pacific and to Asia, Germany holds the stage.'
Talk by Geoffrey Barraclough
Professor Barraclough comments on the fact that ' even today, when the centre of gravity in world politics seems to have moved away from Europe to the Pacific and to Asia, Germany holds the stage.'
(The recorded broadcast of May 5)
or The Liberal Bard
A study of Matthew Arnold by G. S. Fraser
An attempt to define, in the light of a series of passages from his verse and prose, the nature of the hold Arnold has on us today: the quality of mind that makes him not the greatest but perhaps the most sympathetic, the most readily approachable of all the writers of his age. ' It is his quietness,' says Mr. Fraser, ' his intimacy, the exquisite amenity and moderation of his expression of a sadness he can never cure, the hopefulness with which he confronts and masters a habitual depression; all these things will always call kindred spirits back to him.'
Robert Marsden , Carleton Hobbs