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Voices of History 2: Art, Science and Exploration

A 2-CD set features historic recordings of celebrated people in the arts, drama, the sciences, sport and exploration. Shakespeare-related items include Ellen Terry as Ophelia and Sir Henry Irving as Richard III.
Great Britain
Year of release
139 mins
out of distribution


Ellen TerryOphelia
Henry IrvingRichard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard

Additional Details

Production type
Sound Recordings(Commercial)
Hamlet; Richard III
Drama; History; Literature; Media studies; Science
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)


CD 1
1. Maud: A Monodrama - final stanza from Part 1 - Alfred Tennyson; 2. The greatest show on earth - Phineas T[aylor] Barnum; 3. Thoughts from the book For Every Day - Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy; 4. Extract from Shakespeare’s Richard III Act 1 Scene 1 - Henry Irving; 5. After dinner toast at Little Menlo - Arthur Sullivan; 6. Extract from Racine’s Phedre Act 2 Scene 5 - Sarah Bernhardt; 7. Ophelia’s mad scene from Shakespeare’s Hamlet - Ellen Terry; 8. Conan Doyle Speaking - Arthur Conan Doyle; 9. Speech at banquet of Royal Institute of British Architects - Giles Gilbert Scott; 10. My cricket record - John Berry Hobbs; 11. Lawn tennis - Suzanne Lenglen; 12. Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships - men’s singles final, 1936 - [John] Frederick Perry; 13. How I began - Stanley Matthews; 14. The four minute mile - Roger Bannister;
15. On first cross-channel flight - Louis Bleriot; 16. My world’s record - Malcolm Campbell; 17. To Australia and back in six minutes - Alan J. Cobham; 18. How I flew round the World - Mildred Mary Petre; 19. Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh’s address before the Press Club at Washington D.C. - Charles A. Lindbergh; 20. The story of my flight - Amy Johnson

CD 2
1. On receiving freedom of City of London - Henry Morton Stanley; 2. The Discovery of the North Pole - Robert E. Peary; 3. How I reached the Pole - Frederick A. Cook; 4. The tomb of Tutankhamen: the discovery of the tomb - Howard Carter; 5. A description of the dash for the South Pole - Ernest H. Shackleton; 6. The voice of the telephone - Thomas A. Watson; 7. For the Luncheon at Olympia commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Daily Mail - Alfred Charles William Harmsworth; 8. First transatlantic message by wireless telegraphy - how he received the signal - Guglielmo Marconi; 9. Inauguration of BBC Empire Service - John Charles Walsham Reith; 10. An Attempt to Explain the Radioactivity of Radium - William Thomson; 11. Electricity and progress - Thomas Alva Edison; 12. Lecture 36: Time and Space - Oliver Lodge; 13. Psychoanalysis - Sigmund Freud; 14. Transmutation of the atom - Ernest Rutherford; 15. The post-war world - Albert Einstein; 16. Talk on Antibiotics from 1900-1950 - Alexander Fleming; 17. First flight of the Gloster-Whittle E. 28 - Frank Whittle; 18. Nobel Prize winners - Francis Harry Compton Crick



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