Samuel Beckett: Works for Radio - The Original Broadcasts

Samuel Beckett: Works for Radio - The Original Broadcasts

CD-Audio

By (author) Samuel Beckett

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  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 120mm x 142mm x 24mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 13 April 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0712305300
  • ISBN 13: 9780712305303
  • Sales rank: 153,568

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Samuel Beckett was one of the most original and influential writers and dramatists of the twentieth century, and a writer with an exceptional concern for the subtleties of sound and rhythm. Yet the works created by Beckett for radio broadcast by the BBC are relatively unknown to the general public. This is in part because they have not been easily accessible. Re-broadcasts aside, the original BBC recordings could be heard only at the British Library Sound Archive in London. Now, in the centenary year of the writer's birth, these historic broadcasts are made commercially available for the first time. This four-CD set spans the period 1957-1976 and collects the five works created by Beckett expressly for the broadcast medium: "All That Fall", "Embers", "Words and Music", "Cascando" and "Rough for Radio", plus the rarely heard curio, "The Old Tune" (Beckett's translation of Robert Pinget's "La Manivelle"), and the monologue, "From an Abandoned Work", which, at the time of its transmission, was unpublished in Britain.

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CD1: All That Fall Date of broadcast: 13 January 1957 Duration: 1:04'03" Mrs Rooney (Maddy), an old lady - Mary O'Farrel Christy, a carter - Allan McClelland Mr Tyler, a retired bill-broker - Brian O'Higgins Mr Slocum, Clerk of the Racecourse - Patrick Magee Tommy, a porter - Jack MacGowran Mr Barrell, a station-master - Harry Hutchinson Miss Fitt, a lady - Sheila Ward A Female Voice - Peggy Marshall Mr Rooney (Dan), husband of Mrs Rooney - J.G. Devlin Jerry, a small boy - Terrance Farrell Produced by Donald McWhinnie CD2: From an Abandoned Work Date of broadcast: 14 December 1957 Duration: 0:23'33" A meditation by Samuel Beckett spoken by Patrick Magee Produced by Donald McWhinnie Embers First broadcast: 24 June 1959 Duration: 0.45.00 Henry - Jack MacGowran Ada - Kathleen Michael Addie - Kathleen Helme The Music Master / The Riding Master - Patrick Magee Pianist (musician): Cicely Hoye Produced by Donald McWhinnie CD3: The Old Tune (La Manivelle) First broadcast: 23 August 1960 Duration: 0:32'52" A conversation piece written for the Third Programme by Robert Pinget English text by Samuel Beckett Mr. Cream - Jack MacGowran Gorman - Patrick Magee Produced by Barbara Bray Words and Music First broadcast: 13 November 1962 Duration: 0:27'45" Words - Patrick Magee Croak - Felix Felton Produced by Michael Bakewell CD4: Cascando First broadcast: 6 October 1964 Duration: 0:20'45" Voice - Patrick Magee Opener - Denys Hawthorne Produced by Donald McWhinnie Rough for Radio First broadcast 13 April 1976 Duration: 0:20'48" The Stenographer - Billie Whitelaw The Animator - Harold Pinter Fox - Patrick Magee Dick - Michael Deacon Produced and directed by Martin Esslin