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Torquato Tasso

By J.W. von Goethe

(translated by Alan & Sandy Brownjohn)

BBC Radio 1982

“ ‘Where other men must suffer in silence, a god gave me the power to speak my pain’. The poet Tasso lives in the palace of the enlightened Duke Alfonso in 16th century Ferrara. He has finished his masterpiece ‘Jerusalem Liberated’ and is symbolically crowned by his admiring patrons. Goethe presents a highly cultured Court, dedicated to the pursuit of artistic excellence. The play is centrally concerned with the discrepancy between the artist and the rest of the world.”

Michael Pennington
Prince Alfonso
David Buck
David Suchet
The Princess
Eileen Atkins
Rosalind Shanks
John Theocharis
Michael Steer
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