Conducted by ERNEST PARSONS
(From Midland Region)
A Wagner Programme
Rienzi Prelude and Isolda's Love Death
(Tristan and Isolda)
Selection, Tannhäuser Traume (Dreams) An Album Leaf
The Ride of the Valkyries (The
THE B.B.C. ORCHESTRA
Conducted by THE COMPOSER
Overture, The Queen of Cornwall
ARTHUR CRANMER (Baritone) and Orchestra
Three Tristram Songs (The Queen of Cornwall)
(Poems by Thomas Hardy )
A Song of Lyonesse ; Evensong ; Foreboding
Deirdro, A Celtic Symphony
The young Cirl ; The old King, or the young Lover; Moonlight Idyll ; Love and Death
RUTLAND BOUGHTON'S zeal in the cause of English opera is of that order by which prophets are inspired. His vision is of an English Bayreuth, at G lastonbury, where music dramas on the Arthur epic can bo given on a festival scale, but with this difference from the Wagner scheme, that they are to be for the crowd and not for the elect. His ideal is not yet fully realized, but he has done all that hard work and ferocious enthusiasm can do, and with results which are already rather wonderful. The achievements of the Glastonbury Players, under his direction, are a landmark in the music of our time ; it was they who first sang The Immortal Hour, the opera which afterwards had the unique distinction of drawing crowded houses for more than one long run in London. Still the best known of his works for the stage, it is, in the judgment of many critics, the most spontaneous, wholly natural in its presentment of the shadowy Celtic atmosphere. The Queen of Cornwall appeared ten years later, following two other music-dramas on the Arthur Legends-The Birth of Arthur and The Round Table. Alkestis, on Professor Gilbert Murray 's English version from Euripides, produced also at Glastonbury, in 1922, came between them.
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