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ELIOT, T.S.: Murder in the Cathedral (Unabridged) (Old Vic, 1953)


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ELIOT, T.S.: Murder in the Cathedral (Unabridged) (Old Vic, 1953)

T.S. Eliot’s verse-drama was first performed in 1935 in Canterbury Cathedral, the very place where Thomas Becket was brutally killed in 1170. Using the medieval morality play as a model, Eliot creates a tense study of Becket’s journey from spiritual doubt to certainty as he prepares for martyrdom, and considers the effect that this will have on the people of Canterbury. This historic 1953 recording of Murder in the Cathedral, directed by Robert Helpmann, is a record of a great actor—Robert Donat—in one of his finest roles.

Disc 1

  Murder in the Cathedral (Unabridged)
1.   Part I: Chorus: Here let us stand… 00:04:13
2.   First Priest: Seven years and the summer is over… 00:05:00
3.   Chorus: Here is no continuing city… 00:03:43
4.   Thomas: Peace. And let them be… 00:02:56
5.   First Tempter: You see, my Lord, I do not wait… 00:04:02
6.   Second Tempter: Your Lordship has forgotten me… 00:04:43
7.   Third Tempter: I am an unexpected visitor… 00:04:24
8.   Fourth Tempter: Well done, Thomas… 00:07:17
9.   Chorus: There is no rest in the house… 00:07:22
10.   Interlude - The Archbishop preaches in the Cathedral… 00:05:49
11.   'Consider also one thing…' 00:05:32

Disc 2

  Murder in the Cathedral (Unabridged)
1.   Part II: Chorus: Does the bird sing in the South 00:02:31
2.   First Priest: Since Christmas a day… 00:03:18
3.   First Knight: Servants of the King. 00:00:51
4.   Thomas: However certain our expectation… 00:07:18
5.   Chorus: I have smelt them, the death - bringers… 00:03:19
6.   Thomas: Peace, and be at peace… 00:02:30
7.   Chorus: Numb the hand and dry the eyelid… 00:02:39
8.   Priests: Bar the door. Bar the door. 00:05:50
9.   Chorus: Clear the air! Clean the sky! 00:02:17
10.   The Four Knights Address the Audience 00:04:05
11.   Second Knight: I should like first to recur to a point… 00:03:52
12.   First Knight: Morville has given us a great deal… 00:03:52
13.   First Priest: O father, father, gone from us… 00:03:24
14.   Chorus: We praise Thee, O God… 00:03:44

Total Playing Time: 01:44:31

Eliot, Thomas Stearns

Bassett, Lucas; Campbell, Desmond; Davies, Robert; Evans, J.R.; Lucantonio, Roland; Saron, David; Sharpe, David; Wilkin, Jeremy

Bailey, Robin; Blick, Newton; Campbell, Douglas; Coulette, Yvonne; Dobie, Alan; Donat, Robert; Graham, Sonia; Grimes, Barbara; Joye, Janet; Keith, Caroline; Law, Phyllida; Melly, Andree; Morris, Wolfe; Nelmes, Judith; Phillips, John; Rogers, Paul; Sharman, Bruce; Squire, William; St. Leger, Barbara; Sutcliffe, Irene; Thorndike, Daniel; Wallace, Jennifer; Warner, John; Welles, Dorit; Wymark, Patrick

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: NA198412

Barcode: 9789626349847

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Not available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions.

Physical Release: 07/2009

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